Wisconsin Ends Earn-A-Buck
After listening to hunter feedback and looking at new ways to manage Wisconsin's whitetail herd, the Natural Resources Board agreed unanimously to end the Earn-A-Buck program. However to the Journal Sentinel, the new regulations are skewed more to the "social rather than the biological" and there are doubts that the new regulations will properly manage the state's whitetail counts.
Hunters statewide, including those in the chronic wasting disease management zone, will be able to shoot a buck with their first tag. The season in the herd-control units will feature the traditional nine-day gun deer hunt followed by a 10-day muzzleloader hunt and a four-day December gun deer hunt. Herd-control hopes in 2011 are pinned on hunters voluntarily taking antlerless deer. The DNR will make an unlimited number of antlerless deer permits available for $2 each in the herd-control units. Board members openly expressed skepticism that the less aggressive regulations will keep the herd in check.