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Wis. DNR proposes scaling back October deer hunt


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State wildlife officials want to scale back Wisconsin's contentious 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.

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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