Hunters may want to do some extra scouting before the gun-deer season opens this Saturday. Deep snow conditions are likely to change how deer are moving around.
DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says snow on the ground will help hunters see and track deer, but several feet of snow could make it challenging to traverse the terrain. He says it will also affect where the deer are to be found.
Forestry experts were on hand in Rhinelander last night to answer questions from the public about the emerald ash borer.
Though Oneida County has a relatively low abundance of ash trees, DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator Don Kissinger says the greatest impact will be in cities, where ash trees are some of the most popular to line streets and backyards.
The Wisconsin 9-day gun deer hunt begins on Saturday. During the 2013 hunt, there were 8 gunshot wounds, but none proved to be fatal. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says while incidents are unfortunate, it's important to remember there are hundreds of thousands of hunters in the woods. She says the department has worked hard to educate hunters ....
She says the coming gun deer hunt in Wisconsin reflects a change in DNR policy. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp gave a preview of the 2014 hunt, scheduled to begin November 22 through November 30....
".....for the very first time now the people who care about the resources are at the table advising us what they are seeing in their own backyards and communities and what would they like to see when it comes to deer management. A lot of the changes are the result of all the changes in the last year and a half since the Deer Trustee Report came out...."