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DNR board to consider more restrictions on hunting

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The state Natural Resources Board will be asked Wednesday to take a new step toward expanding the Wisconsin deer herd.

The board will meet in Green Bay, and members will hear a recommendation from staffers to let hunters kill only bucks in 18 management zones where populations are under their goals. That's up from 13 zones last year.

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Also, officials want to reduce the number of places with antlerless-only hunts. They would occur in 46 zones this fall, down from 50 a year ago. The moves were proposed after hunters complained that the DNR's deer control policies devastated the herd and jeopardized the sport.

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