State backs off on proposed holiday gun-deer hunt

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The State of Wisconsin has decided not to have a gun-deer hunt that goes from Christmas to early January.

It recently made the decision. Several counties in central Wisconsin were not happy about the plan, which would have allowed the hunt in the southern two-thirds of the state. They said people wanted to ride snowmobiles and do other things outdoors during the holidays. Eau Claire County Parks and Forest director Josh Pederson says people also didn't want hunting to get in the way of skiing and snowshoeing.

The proposed hunt would have ended the Sunday after New Year's Day.

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