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Hunters voice concerns at DNR meeting

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PLOVER (WAOW)-- Hunters voiced their concerns about the deer population in Portage and Marathon counties on Tuesday. DNR officials hosted a special meeting to talk about last season's hunt, and projected deer herd numbers for this year.

In the past, hunters and officials have clashed over how the herd is managed. And while some hunters argue there are still problems, DNR leaders said they are listening, and making changes.

But many hunters weren't afraid to speak out on Tuesday. Tom Domine of Plover said, "I think they could give out a less doe permits. I don't, I don't believe that they should be giving out the number of doe permits that they do."

Wildlife Biologist Cortney Schaefer responded, "We're not actually expecting you to fill 100 percent of those tags so part of the reason we hand out so many tags is because we're expecting a lower success rate."

Leaders also discussed baiting and talked with private land owners about their concerns for this year's hunt.

More meetings are scheduled throughout the state in the coming weeks. For more information, click here: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/news/hearmeet.html

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