WAUPACA COUNTY (WBAY) – Too many deer have officials in one Wisconsin county pushing for a doe-only hunt next season.
The deer advisory council in Waupaca County voted unanimously to ban buck hunting during the bow and gun season next fall according to our Green Bay affiliate, WBAY.
Officials say the vote will help the county regain control of its deer population. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources projects there are 80 deer per square mile in Waupaca county, which is four times higher than what statistics from the council show is healthy for wildlife and habitat.
“We all have personal motivation to want to be able to hunt the bucks this year and in future years, but it's not the responsible decision,” said David Lindenstruth, Deer Management Assistance Program representative for the County Deer Advisory Council.
“County-wide, it's going to cost a lot of small business money because some people aren't going to hunt,” said Greg Hanson, a hunter in Waupaca County. “Some people aren't going to come here because they can't shoot buck.”
Officials say they will consider asking lawmakers to reverse the ban on the state's "Earn-a-Buck" program at a public meeting next month.
The DNR will make a final decision on the buck hunting ban in May.