Changes Coming To Wisconsin’s Deer Season?

Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 6:49 am

State wildlife officials want to scale back Wisconsin’s October antlerless deer season.

The Department of Natural Resources’ draft of this fall’s deer hunting season structure calls for eliminating the four-day October hunt in 95 management zones where the deer population is substantially above goal. Hunters could still purchase $2 antlerless tags for other seasons in those zones.

The plan also allows antlerless kills in 10 northern zones where they were prohibited last year, reflecting a rebounding population.

The AP reports that hunters in the chronic wasting disease zone, meanwhile, would be allowed to make their first kill a buck or doe. Earn-a-buck requirements would apply after that, meaning hunters must kill an antlerless deer before they can take a buck.

The DNR’s board will take up the proposal later this month.

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