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Wisconsin Initiates Deer Policy Commission
<a href="http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/trio-examines-wisconsins-deer-management-policies-o630fqd-133754063.html" target="_blank">Deer and deer hunting are often in the news in Wisconsin. But rarely do they become a plank in a statewide political campaign.
In his 2010 run for governor, Scott Walker appealed to disgruntled hunters with a pledge to hire an independent consultant to scrutinize deer management policies of the Department of Natural Resources.
Though Wisconsin has one of the largest deer herds in the nation, is routinely more than 25% over the legally established deer population goal, is among top states in annual deer harvests and leads all states in record-book bucks, a recent drop in deer kills as well as DNR efforts to reduce the deer herd with controversial Earn-A-Buck regulations caused an uptick in hunter discontent.
Ten months after inauguration, Walker issued an executive order creating a "white-tailed deer trustee" to conduct an "independent, objective and scientifically based" review of the state's deer management practices.
Within days, the Department of Administration retained James Kroll, a professor at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, to lead the review.
Kroll then added Gary Alt, former Pennsylvania deer manager, and David Guynn, professor emeritus at Clemson University, to the task.
The $125,000 contract for the work will be paid by the DNR. Ed Eberle, administrator of intergovernmental relations at the DOA, is supervising the review.
The executive order calls for a preliminary report in March and a final report in June.
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