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DNR says lower deer tallies may indicate smaller herd

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Wildlife officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources say preliminary counts from the nine-day gun-deer hunt indicate that the state's deer population may be smaller than originally thought.

"Preliminary counts seem to indicate a lower-than-predicted deer population. That may indicate that deer populations could be moving toward healthy population goals," said Dale Warnke, a DNR big-game biologist.

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