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NRB discusses recent deer hunt and lack of bucks up north

Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board discussed the recent deer gun season this afternoon - and members wanted to know why fewer bucks were shot in the north.

Preliminary data showed that the buck-kill in the northern region was 12-percent less than a year ago. Board member Greg Kazmierski said deer hunting was going backward in the region. DNR wildlife management director Tom Hauge said the smaller buck harvest was more than offset by the numbers of antlerless deer taken - and they were up 16-percent in the north. Hauge also reminded board members that the harvest numbers are preliminary, and the final numbers won't be ready until early next year.

A day after the season, the DNR said around 226,000 deer had been taken statewide, or about five-thousand more than a year ago.