Wisconsin wildlife managers will recommend a zero antlerless quota for upcoming deer seasons in 19 northern and central forest counties when the Natural Resources Board meets in Green Bay next week.
The zero-quota would apply to every county in the 17-county Northern Forest Zone with the exception of Marinette County, where crop damage remains high and the past winter was not as severe as in other parts of the north.
There would also be antlerless permits available for the City of Superior Metro Subunit.
In the deer management region now known as the Northern Forest Zone the deer kill was down 17 percent last year when compared to 2012. The numbers are part of a trend that has seen the deer harvest decline over several years.
The NRB will meet from May 27-29 in Green Bay. The board is scheduled to hear recommendations concerning the 2014 deer hunting seasons on Wednesday, May 28.
The DNR cites consecutive harsh winters combined with other factors for lower deer numbers in the north.
The zero antlerless quota means most hunters will not have the option of harvesting an antlerless deer in the affected management units (counties).
Youth, disabled, military personnel on leave and tribal members would still be able to hunter antlerless deer in zero quota areas.
The entire state will remain open for buck hunting.
A proposal on motor trolling is also on the NRB’s agenda. Trolling is currently allowed in some Wisconsin counties and banned in others.
The proposal would allow trolling with one line per angler on all waters in 17 counties and trolling with up to three lines per angler in all other counties.
The trolling proposal was considered by the board last year but additional public input was sought at this April’s fish and wildlife hearings.
The proposal was supported overall statewide with 61 counties in favor and 11 opposed.
Motor trolling – trailing a bait from a boat being propelled by a motor – is allowed currently on all waters in 18 counties and on 105 waters in 45 counties. Row trolling is legal statewide.
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