Gov. Scott Walker on Friday rejected state wildlife officials’ request to run a four-day October antlerless deer hunt in the chronic wasting disease zone, saying he wants to streamline Wisconsin’s hunting season structure.
Walker said he’s abiding by a report Texas deer researcher James Kroll gave to the Department of Natural Resources in June. The governor hired Kroll to review the DNR’s deer hunting regulations and strategies. Kroll noted hunters are unhappy with what they see as a complex web of multiple hunting seasons and questioned whether the October hunt generated enough kills in the CWD zone to continue.
The move also signals Walker is pulling the DNR back from its CWD-control strategy, which calls for killing as many deer in the zone as possible to keep the disease from spreading. Hunters and landowners in the zone have complained the plan is hopeless and overzealous.