DNR Board OKs Buck-Only Hunt for Iron County

Iron County would be Wisconsin's only bucks-only hunting location this fall under a DNR plan. Iron County would be Wisconsin's only bucks-only hunting location this fall under a DNR plan. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: May 23, 2018 03:10 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin wildlife officials have approved a 2018 deer hunting structure that imposes buck-only restrictions in just one county this fall.

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The Department of Natural Resources' board unanimously approved a plan Wednesday that would make Iron County the only county where hunters can kill only bucks. The move signals the DNR believes the state's northern herd has regenerated.

Buck-only restrictions protect does so they can give birth, leading to a larger herd. The board designated Ashland, Eau Claire, Iron and Vilas counties as buck-only last year.

Citizen advisory councils in Ashland and Price counties wanted buck-only restrictions this year out of fears a mid-April snowstorm led to higher deer mortality. But DNR Secretary Dan Meyer told the board in a memo that only portions of each county experienced a severe winter.

The Associated Press has updated this story to correct that hunters can kill only bucks in Iron County, not does.

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