DNR board set to vote on deer proposal

CREATED Jan 19, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials are set to consider a plan this week to eliminate in-person deer registration.

Registering deer at the local bar or store is a Wisconsin tradition. But Gov. Scott Walker's deer trustee, James Kroll, recommended the state move to telephone and online registration, saying the change would enable the Department of Natural Resources to tally kills more quickly.

DNR officials say the move would save money but they'd have to find other ways to collect detailed biological data on deer now gathered in person. Tavern owners contend the change would hurt business.

The DNR's board is set to take up rules implementing Kroll's recommendations Wednesday.