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Assembly OKs bill to suspend doe hunting in northern Wisconsin in attempt to regrow herd

DNR expert happy with northern herd regeneration
Posted at 4:49 PM, Feb 22, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-22 17:49:55-05

MADISON (AP) — Hunters in northern Wisconsin would be barred from killing any does for four years under legislation the state Assembly approved Thursday.

The Republican-authored measure is designed to help the northern herd replenish itself after an anemic nine-day gun hunt in the region in November. Children under 16 who participate in a youth hunt would be allowed to kill a buck or doe but would be limited to one deer.

According to the state Department of Natural Resources, hunters killed 14.7% fewer bucks in the region compared with the five-year average. The doe harvest in the region was down 27.2%.

The Assembly passed the measure on voice vote. The legislation goes next to the state Senate.