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Gov. approves changes to deer hunting rules

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WESTON, Wisconsin (WXOW)--Governor Scott Walker approved changes to Wisconsin's deer hunting rules on Saturday at the 8th Annual National Rifle Association and Wisconsin Firearms Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators state convention.

"Hunting is one of Wisconsin's most unique and time-honored traditions," Governor Walker said in a statement.  "These rule changes take the right approach to conservation and natural resource management, so that Wisconsin's rich heritage of deer hunting will continue to thrive for generations."

The Deer Trustee Report package consists of regulations intended to better manage the state's deer population in order to preserve Wisconsin's great hunting tradition. The changes will be implemented for the start of the 2014 gun deer season.

The main provisions of the rule include:

·         Simplifying the season structure by making changes to the 4-day December hunt and Holiday Hunt;

·         Consolidating deer management units to be based on county boundaries;

·         Creating Deer Management Advisory Committees in every county to evaluate local herds and report to the Department of Natural Resources;

·         Eliminating in-person registration stations in exchange for phone and online registration.

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