SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Rifles are cleaned and oiled, everyone is wearing blaze orange and Wisconsin’s woods are filled with deer hunters. The nine-day gun deer season kicked off at dawn today. Some experts say scaling back the unpopular earn-a-buck program has excitement at a higher level today. It will be totally gone next year. That program required hunters to kill a doe before he or she could go after a trophy buck. Hunters said the Department of Natural Resources was inflating its estimation of the state deer population and earn-a-buck forced them to bypass too many trophy bucks. Many said the billion dollar a year sport was in jeopardy. This year it doesn’t feel that way. More than 600 thousand licenses were sold to hunters for this season.
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