WISCONSIN

Deer Forecast 2004 -- MIDWEST

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Ready or not, it's "Earn-a-Buck" time in 46 of Wisconsin's 130 deer management units, where hunters must first take a doe before they can bag a buck. This includes 22 units where chronic wasting disease regulations are in effect. However, "for each antlerless deer you take here, you can obtain another buck tag," says Brad Koele, DNR assistant deer ecologist. Last year's harvest total was 490,000 deer. The herd is currently at 1.7 million animals. Buffalo, Dane, Trempealeau and Vernon counties are very good bets for a trophy buck, as are the large blocks of federal, state and county lands in the Northwoods.