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Deer Expert Proposing Changes In Wisconsin’s Deer Hunting Programs

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 at 5:54 am

Gov. Scott Walker’s deer trustee says Wisconsin wildlife officials should quit establishing local population goals, let landowners hold site-specific hunts on their property and establish better connections with the public.

Walker’s administration hired Texas researcher James Kroll to evaluate the Department of Natural Resources’ deer management. The administration released Kroll’s final report on Tuesday.

The study found the DNR’s population estimates aren’t precise enough for individual management zones, site-specific hunts would give the state valuable biological information on kills and better DNR outreach would help restore the agency’s credibility with hunters.

He concluded the report by taking hunters to task too, saying they want a deer herd so large the landscape can’t support it.

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