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Holiday Hunt begins Sunday

Deer runs across snowy Oconto County road, December 22, 2017 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

OCONTO COUNTY (WLUK) -- A chance for hunters to harvest more deer in certain parts of our area and the state will begin this weekend.

The Holiday Hunt from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day.

At Lena Swamp Archery near Oconto Falls, hunters were buying equipment Friday, and talking about the upcoming Holiday Hunt.

"We want to give it a try to see if it can help us reduce our doe numbers," said Wade Jeske, Lena Swamp Archery Owner.

Jeske says there are plenty of deer in the Farmland Zone of Oconto County. He is also a member of the Oconto County Deer Advisory Council. The CDAC created the antlerless only season.

"This is your chance now, to take the firearm out, and get the ones you want to, and hopefully go to the spots that have a lot," said Jeske.

The Holiday Hunt is offered in 17 counties, including seven in Northeast Wisconsin.

"It's a county-by-county decision that can change every year. So both the hunting community, and the non-hunting community needs to kind of keep tabs of that, and find out which counties are in and our on a given year," said Jeff Pritzl, DNR District Wildlife Supervisor.

Pritzl says herd health is best when hunters harvest two does for every buck. He says the Holiday Hunt should help.

"Last year, across the state, a little more than 3,300 deer. So it's smaller in total harvest, versus say the muzzleloader season. But again, it's a limited number of counties that are participating. So on a local level. I'm sure it's important to those deer advisory councils that are looking for an objective to increase the antlerless deer harvest," said Pritzl.

And hunters say it's a chance to experience the landscape in the winter.

"And it's good timing, between the holidays. You usually have a little extra time off, and we got white snow," said Jeske.

In our area, the huntable counties are, Brown, Door, Kewaunee, southern Oconto, southern Marinette, Waupaca and Waushara counties.,

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