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Rhinelander could have citywide deer hunt this yearSubmitted: 09/03/2015
RHINELANDER - Most of northern Wisconsin will be able to hunt bucks this year only during deer hunting season, but in Rhinelander, people might be able to hunt does as part of a city hunt.

The Rhinelander City Council will vote on whether to allow a citywide bow hunt.

It's held citywide hunts before.

Rhinelander's Police Chief Mike Steffes says it hasn't in a couple of years.


"I would expect that there would be a pretty large group of people that would be interested in the hunt this year, as there's very limited ability to be able to hunt doe this year, and so these would be doe abatement tags that people could use to hunt and get extra meat," Steffes says. 

The hunt is not held on city owned land.

Rhinelander's police chief and city administrator need to approve private property for the hunt.

The citywide hunt is supposed to thin the deer herd.

The police department decides whether it should be done based on what the community tells it.

"We reach out to the community and determine are car deer accidents at a manageable level, and are there a lot of people having deer in their yards, and damaging their gardens and things like that," Steffes says. 

If the city council approves a citywide hunt, it will decide when it happens.

In the past it runs close to bow hunting season.


Story By: Kaitlyn Howe

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