It's That Time Of Year!
The first deer season in Wisconsin opens Sept. 18, and hunters should be knee deep in preparations.
Wisconsin's 2010 Deer Hunting Regulations pamphlet is available online on the Department of Natural Resources' website at dnr.wi.gov.
Jason Fleener, acting DNR deer ecologist until Keith Warnke returns said hunters should dive in and take a simplified approach to studying regulations.
"Depending on where one plans to hunt, maybe half the regulations do not apply to most hunters," he said. "Check what's new on Page 4 and then review the general items such as the blaze orange requirement and the deer management units map in the middle of the pamphlet. Finally, concentrate on the unit you're going to hunt."
Anyone considering hunting in northeast Wisconsin needs to pay particular attention that taking antlerless deer is not allowed in 18 regular deer management units in this region and in Council Grounds State Park. Archery and gun antlerless deer carcass tags will not be valid in these units.
But there are exceptions, such as members of the Armed Forces and first-year hunter education graduates.
Small game, archery and turkey hunters who plan to hunt in these 18 units should carefully study the regulations because the blaze orange clothing requirements will apply, even though -- for example -- there may be very few deer hunters during the Dec. 9 to 12 antlerless season.
The archery season runs Sept. 18 to Nov. 18 and Nov. 29 to Jan. 9, 2011. The general gun deer season runs Nov. 20 to Nov. 28.