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Iron Co. Would Be Last Bucks-Only Spot under Wis. DNR Plan

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 11, 2018 12:36 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin wildlife officials want to impose buck-only restrictions in only one county this fall, a sign the state's northern herd has regenerated.

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The Department of Natural Resources plans to ask its board on May 23 to approve a plan that would make Iron County the only county where hunters could kill only bucks.

Buck-only restrictions protect does so they can give birth, leading to a larger herd in those areas. 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 wrote in a memo to the board that only portions of each county experienced a severe winter.

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