DNR Report Expects Good Conditions As Wisconsin Deer Opener Looms
Good weather and great hunting conditions are expected for Saturday’s (Nov. 20) opener of the Wisconsin firearms deer season.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued its preview of deer season on Thursday. Here’s the agency’s report:
“Wisconsin’s regular nine-day gun deer hunting season opens this Saturday, Nov. 20 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 28. State wildlife officials say that conditions look very good, with the white-tailed breeding season, or rut, still near peak across much of the state this week.
“The season is structured this year to have a more conservative antlerless deer harvest in much of the state. Nearly half of the state is under a “regular” season structure, where hunters may only shoot an antlered deer, unless they purchase an additional unit-specific antlerless permit if they are available for the unit.
“Many units have already sold out. Areas of far northeastern Wisconsin are under a buck-only season structure, where no antlerless permits were available. Roughly the other half of the state remains under a herd-control structure because the population of those units is estimated to be 20 percent or more over established population goals.
“In herd control units, hunters may shoot an antlered deer with their deer hunting license and may shoot an antlerless deer with the free herd-control antlerless permit that comes with their license.
“Preliminary test results on a deer removed in October from a game farm southwest of Ashland indicated possible presence of chronic wasting disease, so hunters in Ashland and Bayfield counties will be asked to help with surveillance efforts to see if the disease may be present in free-ranging, wild deer the area. There will be eight registration stations where hunters will be able to bring deer for disease testing on opening weekend.
“A storm last week dropped 4 to 8 inches of wet snow along a small portion of northwestern Wisconsin, with lesser amounts in north central areas. Some of that snow was still on the ground as of mid week, and there is a possibility of additional snowfall late this week and early next in some northern areas.”
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