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MADISON Gov. Scott Walker is laying out the duties for his so-called deer czar.

Walker promised during his campaign to appoint someone to oversee deer management, hoping to appeal to hunters who have griped for years about the Department of Natural Resources' herd control policies. Hunters insist the policies have grown so draconian they've devastated the herd, leading to anemic hunts. He issued an executive order Friday telling the Department of Administration to retain an independent expert in deer management.

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The order requires the expert to begin a review of the DNR's management practices by Oct. 1 and deliver a preliminary report by March 1. It also directs the DNR to cooperate fully with the expert.

A Walker spokesman says administration likely will announce DOA's selection next week.

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