Why Door County wants to thin the deer herd

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By Terry Kovarik


Door County’s deer herd is too large to sustain at current levels. That’s why the Door County Deer Advisory Council recommended that the county be designated as a hunting area where the herd needs to be reduced. The determination is made by the Department of Natural Resources through census data, such as the ages of deer harvested and the ratio of bucks to does. Council Chairman Dick Baudhuin says reports of deer damage to private property also impacts the decision to thin the herd.



Baudhuin says that’s why each deer hunting license sold also allows for five antlerless deer to be taken. Once that bag limit is reached hunters can purchase additional antlerless permits for $12 each.

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