deer hunt

Board Approves Changes
3:47 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

NRB Approves Buck-Only Hunts, Expands Trolling

DNR officials want to let northern Wisconsin's deer herd recover.
Credit Ken Thomas

Deer hunting season will be buck-only this fall for many northern counties.  

The state Natural Resources Board has approved DNR staff recommendations for a zero quota antlerless deer hunt in 19 counties and four tribal reservations.  State officials say the restrictions are necessary to let population levels in the northern forest recover…after a harsh winter took its toll on the deer herd.

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Updates and Changes
4:09 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Deer Will Be Included at Spring Hearings

After a tough winter, the state of the deer herd will be one topic of discussion at the DNR's spring hearings.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Deer enthusiasts may want to attend the DNR’s spring hearings on fish and game.  For the first time, the hearings will also include updates on deer herd status after a grueling winter, as well as hunting regulations. 

DNR District Wildlife Supervisor Mike Zeckmeister says it’s a good chance to check in with the public. 

“It should be a great opportunity to give a quick update on what the deer herd is looking like in their particular county, and also to be able to give a really good briefing on changes to the deer season as a result of the deer trustee report.”

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Surviving Cold Temperatures
12:05 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Deer Population, Hunt Could Suffer This Winter

Deep snow and cold temperatures tap winter energy reserves.
Credit Rennett Stowe

The harsh winter we’re experiencing could affect this year’s deer hunting season.  Biologists are predicting low numbers of antlerless permits to give the deer population a chance to rebound. 

DNR Big Game Specialist Kevin Wallenfang says deer are well adapted for cold, but it still takes a toll. 

“A year like this, where we started in November – their fat reserves were being taxed very early in the year.  We’ve had very cold temperatures, very deep snow – all of the things that can hurt them kind of are going on right now.” 

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Traditional Method Less Efficient
4:16 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Electronic Deer Registration Could Hurt Tavern Business, Owners Argue

A proposed switch to electronic deer registration has some business owners up in arms.
Credit Ken Thomas

The state Natural Resources Board will consider new rules tomorrow for how the state handles deer registration.  But some tavern owners are complaining the rules will hurt business.       

      

The governor’s so-called deer czar James Kroll has recommended a switch to registering deer online or by phone, instead of in person like at a gas station or bar. 

Steve Moran owns Moran’s Landing in Nokomis.  He says registration brings in a sizable portion of business during deer season. 

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Treaty Rights Tested
3:37 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Tribes Begin to React to Night Hunting Ruling

Night hunting of deer has long been banned in Wisconsin, but some of the state's tribes argue it's a federally protected treaty right.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

One of Wisconsin’s tribal leaders is expressing disappointment at last week’s federal ruling against night hunting.  

Six Chippewa tribes had filed suit, arguing that night hunting in ceded territory is a federally protected treaty right.  But Judge Barbara Crabb ruled against the practice Friday, citing a risk to the public.

Lac du Flambeau Chairman Tom Maulson says it’s a traditional practice that hasn’t resulted in any incidents.

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Half Self-Inflicted
2:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Deer Season Gun Injuries Up, But Only Slightly

Eight people were injured in firearm accidents during the gun deer season that closed Sunday.
Credit Ken Thomas

Total firearm accidents during the gun-deer season number eight, one more than last year. 

Six happened during opening weekend, and two more were reported last week.  None of those were fatal, but a hunter shot Thanksgiving Day was seriously injured.

DNR hunter education specialist Jon King says it happened in Dunn County.                       

“The victim in this point was shot by a member in his deer drive, and he was shot in the stomach.  So he was airlifted from the scene.”

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Whitetail deer decision
3:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tribes Waiting On Judge's Decision Regarding Night Hunting

Hunting at night?
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Wisconsin's six Chippewa tribes met last week in Mole Lake with state officials to talk about natural resource issues within the ceded territory.

Lac du Flambeau tribal spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the tribes and the state meet to keep communication open.

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Wants more young people, women to hunt
4:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Stepp Says Deer Hunt Is Like 'Christmas' For DNR

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says she's a new deer hunter.
Credit wisconsin.gov

On the eve of the 2013 Wisconsin gun deer hunt, WXPR's Ken Krall talked with DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, a new deer hunter herself, about the upcoming hunt.

Stepp says they are working to have a app ready for smartphones that relates to the hunt. More information is on the DNR website.

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History Afield
4:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Sixty Years Ago, A Bloody Gun-Deer Season

The shooting and death of a state game warden shook up hunters during the 1942 deer hunt.
Credit Rhinelander Daily News, November 19, 1942

Wisconsin’s gun deer season is approaching.  It’s a time when many hunters across the state look forward to getting away from the pressures of work, spending time in the woods.  

But as WXPR’s Bob Willging relates in today’s History Afield essay, the 1942 murder of a conservation warden in Florence County had deer hunters in northeast Wisconsin anything but relaxed.

In the autumn of 1942, America was becoming deeply involved in World War II.

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Bill would override local restrictions
1:56 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

City Deer Hunts Possible Statewide

Credit ironcooker.com

After several successful years, Rhinelander's city council decided not to hold an in-city bow hunt for deer this year. But if a bill circulating in Madison becomes law, the city might have to open a hunt again.

City council member Alex Young says Assembly Bill 8 allows for bow and arrow and crossbow hunting within city limits statewide. Young says Rhinelander has set forward restrictions during its hunts that aren't in the state bill. He says the bill preempts local restrictions..

 

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