Duluth News Tribune
Deer hunters in Douglas County will have few chances to shoot antlerless deer this autumn under a preliminary proposal by the county’s Deer Hunting Advisory Committee.
The committee held a public forum Wednesday night in Superior at which many hunters say they were disappointed with the low number of deer in the county and that they want to have a very conservative season in 2019 to help rebuild the herd.
In 2018 the DNR issued 1,900 general antlerless permits for hunters on private and public land. Those so-called quota permits would not be offered this year under the preliminary proposal which comes back for review at an April 17 meeting at the Superior library.
“Essentially, for most adult hunters, Douglas County would be bucks only in 2019,” said Greg Kessler, DNR wildlife manager for the area.
Some antlerless deer would still be fair game. Youth hunters will be able to shoot antlerless deer during archery, muzzleloader and regular gun seasons as will disabled hunters, veterans and some tribal hunters. There also will be antlerless permits issued in the Superior metro zone.
Overall about 1,346 antlerless deer (does and fawns) were shot in 2018 in the county. That will probably drop to less than half that this year, Kessler said.
The Douglas County committee’s recommendation went against Kessler’s suggestion that hunters could…
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