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Board considers expanding gun deer hunting season to 16 days

The state Natural Resources Board will be asked today to consider expanding the nine-day gun deer hunting season to 16 days starting next year.

An 11-member advisory committee says it's the best way to control Wisconsin's deer herd, after the controversial Earn-A-Buck program was scrapped earlier this year.

It required hunters to take a doe before they could shoot a buck in the state's most populated deer zones.

The panel suggested that a 16-day gun hunt could either open a week earlier than it does now or it could keep its traditional opening on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

The DNR Board will get its first look at the idea when it meets in Hayward.