EAGLE RIVER - Every northern county in Wisconsin will make an effort to increase deer populations until 2017.
That was recommended by the County Deer Advisories Committees.
"Deer hunting stays the same," County Deer Advisories Committee Chairman for Vilas County Ken Anderson said. "Hours of sometime boredom interrupted by moments of shear adrenaline rush and I still get that adrenaline rush when I see that buck."
Anderson shot his first buck on public land in Vilas County 56 years ago.
"10 pointer, north of Star Lake in the Bear Springs area in those high oak ridges and everyone says well you're done now, you might as well quit," said Anderson.
He didn't quit. He's hunted in the Wisconsin deer season 58 years in a row. He bought his 40 acres of land in Eagle River in the 1970s. Now he's the chairman of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and CDAC in Vilas County.
He practices land management for healthy deer habitat. It's an effort to keep more deer in the area. The buck harvest dropped nearly 40 percent from 2013 to 2014 in Vilas County.
"Deer have been in here," Anderson pointing to young aspen on his property. "You can see they've (deer) been browsing this and this has been excellent summer range. It's going to be good deer range for the next 10 years."
The County Deer Advisory Committee recommends two more years of only hunting bucks in Vilas County.
That's to keep the does alive to help repopulate. But Anderson says it's more about the weather.
"If we have a mild winter with this El Nino winter coming, I think you'll see a tremendous survival," Anderson said. "Mother nature is the ultimate figure head that manages our deer we're just a participant in that management when we go out and hunt."
He says that regardless of the harvest rate, Vilas County is still a great place to be hunting.
"You're all alone with nature," Anderson said. "You don't hear the potato trucks going by or the soy bean trucks or the corn trucks hauling by this in the northern forest. You get the logging trucks and that's what I like to hear. I like to hear the logging trucks because I know there's been a timber sale."