Deer hunting season will be buck-only this fall for many northern counties.
The state Natural Resources Board has approved DNR staff recommendations for a zero quota antlerless deer hunt in 19 counties and four tribal reservations. State officials say the restrictions are necessary to let population levels in the northern forest recover…after a harsh winter took its toll on the deer herd.
The harsh winter we’re experiencing could affect this year’s deer hunting season. Biologists are predicting low numbers of antlerless permits to give the deer population a chance to rebound.
DNR Big Game Specialist Kevin Wallenfang says deer are well adapted for cold, but it still takes a toll.
“A year like this, where we started in November – their fat reserves were being taxed very early in the year. We’ve had very cold temperatures, very deep snow – all of the things that can hurt them kind of are going on right now.”