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Merchants in northern WI counties worry hunting changes could hurt business

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CABLE, Wis. (WKOW) -- Some northern Wisconsin business owners worry new restrictions on deer hunting could impact their bottom line during Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season.

For many resorts, bars and sporting goods stores in northern Wisconsin, those nine days are the busiest times of the year.

In an effort to increase a deer herd that reduced by two harsh winters, the state Natural Resources Board has adopted a new rule allowing hunters to take only bucks in 19 northern and central counties.

Ken Thoreson co-owns Solon Springs Mercantile in Solon Springs and tells Wisconsin Public Radio the change in regulations shouldn't deter local hunters, but it could keep out-of-towners from driving up to their region.

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