Hunters packed a Boone County hearing over the use of the DNR's 50 sharpshooters to help control the deer population. Officials say the program is needed to control Chronic Wasting Disease that has infected some of the herds.
The DNR reports that half the cases statewide have been reported in Boone and Winnebago counties because of our proximity to Wisconsin.
"We are dealing with a large concentration of the disease in Wisconsin. They are not doing anything to control it," said John Todt with the Boone County Conservation District. "DNR is trying to keep it from spreading farther south into our state."
"I used to have anywhere from 35 to 40 behind my house," said James Fassett, an avid hunter. "I'm down to two does and that's it and the rest are all dead, because of their sharpshooting."
Officials concede the program is taking a toll on the deer populartion here. They are considering a compromise to let hunters help cull the herd rather than sharpshooters.