Wisconsin eyes 16-day deer season

August 12, 2009 at 07:12 AM

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board gets its first look at a proposal to expand the state’s tradition-bound November deer hunt to 16 days.

The board meets Wednesday in Hayward. It will hear an advisory committee’s recommendation that the best way to control the whitetail herd is to switch from a nine-day to a 16-day firearms season, starting in 2010.

The 11-member committee was named to come up with alternatives after the board decided to abolish the earn-a-buck program, which hunters disliked. It required them to shoot a doe before they could take a buck in areas where there are too many deer.

The committee’s recommendations include two proposals - one starts the longer season a week earlier than normal and the other starts it on its traditional opener, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.