DNR considers limiting gun deer hunt in part of the state

CREATED May 20, 2014

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Deer hunters in northern Wisconsin may have a harder time bagging a deer this hunting season.

"What we're recommending to the Department of Natural Resources Board this year is buck-only hunting, so a zero quota for antlerless deer in the northern part of the state," said Kevin Wallenfang, big game ecologist with the state DNR.

The recommendation comes because deer numbers are down significantly in that part of Wisconsin.

"Our deer population in the north has been on somewhat of a downward trend over the years, but these last two winters have been pretty hard on the deer population in the north," Wallenfang said. "And as a result of that we've had direct losses in the wintertime as well as lower fawn production in the spring because of that winter stress."

The DNR board plans to take up the recommendation at a meeting on May 28.