Waupaca County deer hunters could have a lower antlerless quota this year.
On a 3-2 vote, the county’s Deer Advisory Council recommended a quota of 7,000 antlerless deer for the 2018 gun and archery seasons. The council held its first meeting of the year March 19 in Manawa and will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday, April 19, following a public comment period that runs from April 2-12.
The recommended 2018 quota is a drop of nearly 4,400 deer from last year’s quota of 11,380. Waupaca County is among the state’s leaders in deer harvest each year. Last year, county hunters harvested 6,657 deer during the nine-day gun hunt in November. Only Marathon and Shawano counties, at 7,587 and 6,885 deer, respectively, had higher totals.