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Natural Resources Board approves number of deer hunt changes for 2014


HAYWARD, Wis. (WSAU) -- Hunters under the state's deer management assistance program will now be able to offer deer tags on their managed properties.

The Natural Resources Board will allow landowners in the state's deer management program to to purchase reduced price deer tags for their friends and family this fall. That vote coming at the Board's meeting in Hayward last week.

Deer Management Assistance Coordinator Bob Nack says says that will help landowners work to properly manage deer numbers. "This change will allow participants in the DMAP program to receive tags that they purchase at a reduced price, but then allow them the flexibility to provide them to family and friends who are hunting on their property. Of course, the department is going to ask them to track those transactions."

Nack says the permits will come depending on how the deer herd is doing in your area. "In some areas the department and landowners want to increase the deer herd, and we'll provide recommendations that we feel will help them do that. In some areas we want to reduce numbers and the antlerless tags and harvest strategies can help with that as well."

A number of other rules have changed, including the creation of an official crossbow hunt and the alteration of how Deer Management Units are run. "This year the department has changed DMUs to your county. So it's a simplification process, a little bit easier for hunters to understand that your DMU where you're hunting in is your county." Nack says hunters should check to make sure they've got the right tags for the right locations before they head out into the woods this fall.