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Northern Wisconsin’s deer herd: Hunters say Douglas, Bayfield counties once offered ‘fantastic’ deer hunting

Douglas County hunter Mike Edwards smiles over a heavy-racked buck he shot with his bow in 2008. (Photo courtesy Mike Edwards)

If you ask Mike Edwards about how good the deer hunting in Douglas County, Wis., was years ago, he says it was “fantastic.” To the east, in Bayfield County, Jim Johannes says hunting there was “pretty good.”
Neil Messerschmidt, who also hunts in Bayfield County, fondly recalls the day of bowhunting which was “the most excellent deer hunting I could ever imagine,” when he saw 13 different bucks in a single day before killing a 10-pointer. Deer numbers today in those same counties are much less than they used to be.

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