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DNR is hearing complaints about longer deer hunting season

Not everyone's happy about the idea of a longer deer hunting season in Wisconsin.

About 650 people have attended five public hearings on a proposal to extend the November gun season from nine days to 16.

According to the DNR's Keith Warnke, people and groups have cited a number of reasons to oppose the change.

They include conflicts with others in the outdoors, family hunting traditions, and fears that the deer population might get too low.

The longer season was suggested as an alternative for lowering what's now a high deer population.

That was after the controversial Earn-A-Buck program was scrapped, in which hunters had to shoot does before they could take bucks.

The Natural Resources Board agreed earlier this month to get public opinions about a longer gun season.

It would start two Saturdays before Thanksgiving instead of one.

If it's approved, the change would take effect next fall.

The final public hearings on the idea will be held Monday in Eau Claire and Appleton, Tuesday in Racine, Wednesday in Spooner and Pewaukee, and Nov. 3 in Stevens Point.