Eau Claire (WQOW) - Local deer advisory councils are creating an antlerless deer hunt quota, and are asking for public input.
We see them anywhere from in the woods to on the road, and now you can help decide the deer population in Eau Claire County.
The new proposed quota could increase deer populations. Hunters in the eastern part of the county would be allowed to take 10 percent fewer anterless deer. The quota would be 825 with 200 permits issued on public land and 875 on private land.
On the western side of Eau Claire County, the quota would be reduced by 5 percent to 2,200 with 200 permits issued on public land and 180 on private land.
Those numbers are not set in stone. There will be a meeting in Eau Claire next Wednesday, April 22 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the DNR Service Center.
Chippewa County will have a meeting to discuss its quota on Tuesday, April 21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. At the Chippewa County Courthouse in room 003.
The public can also submit comments to the County Deer Advisory Council until April 27.
Final quota recommendations will be sent to the Natural Resources Board for approval in May.