Dave Walz

Changes Taking Effect
1:50 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Archery Season Set to Open Will Be Buck-Only For Many

Dear season opens for archers and crossbow hunters Saturday, September 13th.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

As deer hunters know well, the archery season opens Saturday in Wisconsin.

It will be a unique deer hunting season with a set of new regulations in place, and buck-only hunts in most northern counties.

Deer hunters may face some adjustments when they head out into the woods this weekend. 

As DNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz explains, a variety of changes are taking effect thanks to the deer trustee rule package.  For one, deer management units now tend to follow county lines, instead of highway or river boundaries like they often did before. 

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Concurrent with Archery Season
1:38 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

New Crossbow Licenses Already Popular Among Deer Hunters

Hunters now have the option of shooting deer with crossbows.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

More deer hunters will be able to shoot with a crossbow this deer season.  In fact, the licenses are available to any qualified hunter. 

Until now, only disabled hunters were eligible to shoot with a crossbow.

DNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz in Woodruff says Walz says some groups opposed expanding the crossbow hunt, fearing it made things too easy compared to a traditional bow and arrow. 

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