With just a few days left in Wisconsin’s gun deer season, hunters who do get a deer may be looking for a use for its heart.
Marge Gibson of Antigo’s Raptor Education Group says that organ is an ideal food for eagles and other raptors.
“The deer heart is a perfect food for our birds. We currently have 42 bald eagles in our care, and they go through an awful lot of food. So it’s an excellent source of protein for them, and it’s hunters helping hunters.”
Every year the wildlife rehabilitation center asks for donations of deer hearts.
Saturday is opening day of Wisconsin’s annual gun deer season. For many families the hunt is about much more than taking a deer - it’s a time of family bonding, camaraderie and tradition. In today’s History Afield, Writer Bob Willging has the story of a famous World War II combat pilot, who made deer hunting with his family a priority while home on leave in 1943.
Northland Pines School District has a new vacation this school year. Students and teachers will have the whole week off at Thanksgiving for deer season.
Last year, nearly 200 students in the Northland Pines middle school and high school were absent from school on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving break, many of them to take part in the 9-day deer hunting season. That’s nearly 15% of the district student body. This year, the Northland Pines School District responded by adjusting its vacation schedule accordingly. As superintendent Dr. Mike Richie explains,
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.
The state’s six Chippewa tribes are again waiting to hear whether a federal judge will allow tribal members to hunt deer at night in the ceded territory.
The issue was first in the courts more than twenty years ago, and in 1991 a judge ruled that the traditional practice of hunting deer by night would be too dangerous for the public in off-reservation lands.
Deer season is drawing nearer, and that means hunters will have to face a variety of changes in the way the state is managing deer. In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about one of the key changes – the creation of county deer advisory councils.
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.
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.”