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DNR releases fall hunting forecast

After a few seasons of low herd numbers in northern Wisconsin, the deer population is set to make a rebound this year according to the Department of Natural Resources.

After a few seasons of low herd numbers in northern Wisconsin, the deer population is set to make a rebound this year according to the Department of Natural Resources.

A pair of mild winters and conservative hunting season structures have put the deer population back on an upswing, which is reflected in this year's season structure.

The northern zone has fewer zero-quota units, more herd control units, and an increased number of bonus antlerless tags available, said district wildlife supervisor Mike Zeckmeister.

Deer management units 1 and 2 are regular units for the season, while 1M, 4, 8 and 9 are all herd control. Unit 3, in Bayfield County, is among the eight units statewide still under a bucks-only season structure.

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