UPDATE: Legislature votes to repeal earn a buck program


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature has voted to do away with the state’s earn-a-buck deer hunting program.

The Assembly voted Tuesday to pass the bill, despite objections from some Democrats who argued it was necessary to keep the deer population in check and protect natural resources.

Earn a buck requires hunters in designated parts of the state to first shoot an antlerless deer before they can take a buck.

State wildlife officials say it’s a key herd control tool, but hunters have complained about it for years, saying the program forces them to pass up trophy kills.

The bill previously passed the Senate and now heads to Gov. Scott Walker, who said during the campaign that supports ending earn-a-buck.