MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State lawmakers are considering a bill that would all but end Wisconsin wildlife officials' contentious earn-a-buck requirements.
Hunters in areas where earn-a-buck is in effect must kill an antlerless deer before they can take a buck. Wildlife officials use the requirements as a herd control technique, but hunters generally hate them because they have to pass up prize bucks.
Under the bill, the Department of Natural Resources would be prohibited from requiring anyone kill an antlerless deer before taking their first buck. The measure also generally prohibits gun hunts ahead of the traditional 9-day November hunt.
The bill's author, Republican Rep. Tom Tiffany, says he's responding to hunters' concerns. The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation says the bill will make it more difficult for the DNR to manage the deer herd.
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