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Gov. Walker won't change new deer hunt rules approved by NRB

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says he will not try to change a new set of deer hunting regulations approved last month by the Natural Resources Board.

The governor said over the weekend he will not use his two-year-old power to reject administrative rules -- at least not the ones for the deer hunts. He endorsed the rule package while in the Wausau area for the annual NRA and Wisconsin Firearms Owners' convention.

The DNR Board okayed a host of changes suggested by the state's temporary "Deer Czar," James Kroll from Texas.

The most controversial change proved to be the ending of in-person deer registrations at bars and gas stations. Many hunters and advocates called those on site visits a great social opportunity -- but officials said online and phone registrations are much more efficient, and they'll save money.

A complete conversion to online deer signups is due in 2015.

The new rules also reduce the numbers of deer management zones, create county committees to advise the DNR on local deer populations, and eliminate exact deer numbers to determine each year's population goals.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)