Wisconsin may have fewer areas designated as "earn a buck" zones for the 2008 deer hunting season.
Recommendations from state wildlife officials would result in two fewer EAB regions in the state this year. Department of Natural Resources big game warden Keith Warnke says that's result of herd management programs in those regions paying off. Harsh winter weather could also reduce population estimates in some parts of the state.
Earn a buck is a sometimes controversial program with hunters, because it requires them to shoot an antler-less deer before they can harvest a buck.
Under the proposal, Warnke says eight EAB zones from northwestern and central Wisconsin would be removed, and six new regions would be created in southwestern parts of the state. That would result in two fewer overall regions for the 2008 season.
Warnke says the DNR will take up the issue later this month.