Fewer Anterless Hunting Zones This Year

There will likely be fewer hunting zones this coming season where hunters have to shoot an anterless deer first.

The second highest total harvest in state history this past season means state wildlife managers want to set just eight earn-a-buck units outside of chronic wasting disease management zones in 2005, compared to 26 last season. And they're proposing 42 Zone-T units, compared to 48 last year.

Zone-T is two seasons -- one early, one late -- four days each in which hunters can only kill antlerless deer.

In earn-a-buck units, hunters have to kill a doe or buck with antlers less than three inches before they can take one with longer antlers.

D-N-R wildlife manager Dave Matheys in Viroqua says last year's hunt was evidence that hunters can manage the deer population.