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DNR: Wisconsin hunters should expect smaller deer herd this year

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(WQOW) - The harsh winter has taken a toll on wildlife, especially the deer herd in Wisconsin.

The DNR says the herd suffered through a hard winter with deep snow that made finding food difficult. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says the DNR does not yet have a deer count but expects this year's herd to be lower than years past. She says it is too soon to say how that will affect deer hunters.

"So it's going to be an interesting journey as we move forward and start setting some of those numbers and the amount of tags that we'll be issuing for hunting this fall," said Stepp. "All those things will be taken into consideration along with predators. What has been on the impact of predators this year. Is it more or less predators in the previous years? Those are all things our wildlife biologists are looking at right now."

The DNR says tips from the public are one way it learns about potential problems within deer herds and also where they are located.

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