Shawano County’s Deer Advisory Council recommended three free tags and an anterless quota of 8,000 for the 2017 deer season during a meeting Tuesday at Shawano Community Middle School.
The most discussion centered on how many free tags hunters should receive with the purchase of their license.
Last year, for the first time, Shawano County hunters who purchased either a gun license or a bow license received three free antlerless tags.
Hunters, who had an 8 percent success rate with the free tags, harvested 11,308 deer, including 6,560 anterless in Shawano County last year.
John Stezenski, with the Hunt/Conservation Club, called for the tags to remain the same, as did Deer Management Assistance Program representative Jim Weinmann.
“The ones who will use them, will use them, will shoot more than one,” Stezenski said. “And it seems to have worked. Our antlerless deer killed went up 1,000 deer.”