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DNR, Hunters Happy with Deer Hunt

Wisconsin DNR
Wisconsin DNR

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WHBL) - The state D-N-R is happy with how the deer season went -- and they hope hunters were happy, too. Preliminary numbers released yesterday show that about 226-thousand deer were taken during the traditional nine-day gun season that ended last Sunday. That's almost five-thousand more than what was taken last year. Officials say the actual harvest could be larger, and they won't know until all the data is in. Final numbers are due out in February. Still, the early totals show that the state's deer herd appears to be growing again. The D-N-R's Kurt Thiede says time well tell, but he believes that hunters were more positive about this year's season. Hunters have complained for years that the D-N-R has over-estimated the size of the deer herd. The agency responded by scaling back the "Earn-a-Buck" program that required hunters to shoot does before they could take trophy bucks home. Republican lawmakers and Governor Scott Walker moved to eliminate "Earn-a-Buck" completely from this fall's hunt.