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Opposition to longer Wisconsin deer hunt

October 23, 2009 at 09:47 AM

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says opposition to a 16-day deer hunt has emerged during the first five hearings to find out what hunters think about the idea.

Deer ecologist Keith Warnke says nearly 650 people attended those sessions and bow hunters strongly oppose the change. Six hearings remain.

Warnke says hunting traditions, conflicts with other outdoor users and fears of diminished deer populations are among reasons for rejecting the longer hunt.

The Natural Resources Board authorized hearings on the plan to add seven days to the traditional nine-day hunt, starting in 2010, as a new way to control the growth of the whitetail herd. The hunt would begin a week earlier than normal.

The final hearings are Monday in Appleton and Eau Claire, Tuesday in Racine, Wednesday in Pewaukee and Spooner and Nov. 3 in Stevens Point.

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