Wisconsin Deer Hunters

For the first time, nearly all of Wisconsin is under some form of hunting regulation designed to kill more whitetail deer.

Roughly one-third of the state is again zoned where hunters must shoot a doe first to qualify to bag a buck.

Keith Warnke of the Department of Natural Resources says it's probably the most extensive herd-control season the agency has implemented.

The state's nine-day gun hunt opens just before sunrise Saturday for more than 600,000 hunters. The DNR estimates up to 1.7 million deer roam the fields and woods. That's about 100,000 fewer than a year ago when hunters in all seasons killed more than 520,000 deer.

The only part of the state with deer management units with no special incentives to shoot more deer is in far northeast Wisconsin.

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