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Wis. board members question lack of bucks in north

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Members of the state Natural Resources Board are questioning why hunters killed fewer bucks in northern Wisconsin this year.

Department of Natural Resources officials presented preliminary findings from last month's nine-day gun deer season to the board on Tuesday. The data showed the buck kill in the northern region of the state was down 12 percent from last year.

In a brief exchange with DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management Director Tom Hauge, board member Greg Kazmierski said hunting is going backward in the region. Hauge stressed the harvest numbers are preliminary and final figures won't be ready until early next year. He pointed out, too, that the antlerless harvest in the north was up 16 percent.

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