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WI deer show signs of winter struggle

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EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- Department of Natural Resources wardens are looking at how Wisconsin's deer herd survived our rough winter.

They collected the bodies of more than 500 deer that were killed in car accidents across the state and determined the winter was much tougher on the animals in northern Wisconsin than southern Wisconsin.

That likely means fewer targets for hunters who head up north

"I think this year for sure we're going to see diminished fawn doe ratios and that's going to affect the herd reproductive rate and the growth rate in future years," says wildlife biologist Bill Hogseth.

The DNR has set limitations for hunters because of the harsh winter.

19 counties and four tribal reservations will allow "buck only" hunting.

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