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DNR board to consider more restrictions on hunting

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.

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.