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Deer hunting hearings begin next week

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The first of 35 public hearings will be held next week on a wide-ranging plan to improve Wisconsin's deer hunting.

D-N-R study teams made recommendations based on 62 ideas from Texas researcher James Kroll. They include longer deer seasons -- the formation of county deer management committees -- reducing the numbers of management zones -- and letting landowners shoot more antlerless deer as long as they provide tissue samples for the D-N-R to study. The complete list of proposals is on the D-N-R's Web site, along with the entire list of public hearings.

The first ones will take place Tuesday in Eagle River, Eau Claire, Park Falls, Prairie du Chien, Richland Center, and Schofield. All hearings will start at either 6-or-7 p-m. They'll continue through Halloween.