Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2011 Wisconsin Whitetail Deer Hunting Season Dates

 2011 Seasons
September 17 - November 17, 2011
November 28 - January 8, 2012
November 19 - November 27, 2011
November 28 - December 7, 2011
Youth Deer Hunt 
October 8 - October 9, 2011
Statewide Antlerless Hunt 
December 8 - December 11, 2011
October Antlerless Hunt (CWD Units)
October 13 - October 16, 2011
Landowner Hunt (CWD Units) 
January 9 - March 31, 2012
Holiday Hunt (CWD Units)
December 24 - January 8, 2012

2011 Fall hunting forecast available

MADISON -– The 2011 Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast (PDF, 6.5 MB, 48 pages) is now available. Hunters, trappers and wildlife enthusiasts will find information on upcoming season structures, deer research and wildlife populations, district hunting outlooks and much more.

Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone hunters will find the latest information on CWD management and seasons and a new website (exit DNR). The website has been created to keep hunters and landowners up to date with the latest information available on CWD science, management and impacts. The new website includes a message on CWD from racecar driver and deer hunter, Matt Kenseth.

Hunters will also be seeing a new fall seasons theme in 2011 on television, billboards, in hunting publications and on the website, called “Hunt. Harvest. Help.”

There is also a good luck message to hunters and trappers from DNR Executive Assistant, Scott Gunderson, known to many simply as “Gundy.”
“As we enter this special time of year, I want to wish everyone who enjoys Wisconsin’s great natural resources, including our wildlife, the best of seasons, the best of luck and a reminder to be safe in all that you do.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Manwell - (608) 264-9248
Source: Wisconsin DNR

Monday, August 8, 2011

2011 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Season Nearing

When the calender strikes August and weather hints with 50 - 60 degree nights, hunters in Wisconsin begin to get that feeling that hunting is right around the corner. While many hunters in Wisconsin spend the summer scouting and mapping deer patterns, getting to this point in the year only creates that greater sense of excitement.

So what do hunters do from now until September 17th, 2011 when bow hunting season in Wisconsin officially opens. Here's a handy list of items to prepare as the next month will fly by.

1.  Scout - If you have been doing so all summer, now's the time to set up cameras, watch fields, and get important information on getting to number two on this list.

2. Set up stands - If you properly scouted and have a good sense of where deer will be moving early season, its time to get into the woods and get those deer hunting stands set up.  Getting out early and getting the stands up well before season starts will help get deer used to a foreign object that may be in their path.

3. Get out the camo - I have heart horror stories of hunters getting their camo out the day before, hanging it outside and hunting opening morning.  They never seem to understand why they never see deer.  Get out your camo, wash it with scent free detergent and grab some foliage in the woods and bag it up for a day or two. The smell of leaves, dirt and grass will penetrate the fibers in the clothing giving your camo a fresh start to the season. Do this two or three times before season and your camo will not only blend in, it will blend with the smells as well.  You may want to put your camo on as well....who hasn't gained a few pounds and out-sized a few pieces of clothing before.

4. SHOOT YOUR BOW! - This seems to be an all or nothing for hunters.  Many hunters shoot all Winter, Spring and Summer while many dont shoot at all until their sitting in their stand opening morning.  Shoot your bow!  Make sure your release is tuned and get that bow into mid season shape.  Missing early season monster bucks is often due to missed shots or a bow that hasn't been tuned.

5. Pack your bag - Pack your hunting bag and make sure that any items you may have consumed the previous season are replenished and make sure calls, scents and accessories are accounted for.  This gives you time to shop around for all the new gadgets and hunting supplies that are created year after year with the best hunting technology.

6. Get your license - Getting your license early gives our DNR the money and statistics they need to help fund projects like the CWD project, herd control(I know) and many other projects that we need our DNR to help manage so that we can continue this great tradition.

7. Bring your kids - If you have young children, don't be afraid to let them tag along.  Teaching the fundamentals without the pressures of in-season hunting allows you to be relaxed and gives you more time to teach and pass on this great tradition.

Good luck this season and stay tuned to Wisconsin Whitetail News for more information and tips as the greatest season on earth is getting closer to opening day!

Disabled deer hunt sign up open through Sept. 1

MADISON – Hunters with disabilities can sign up for the 2011 disabled gun deer hunt by contacting sponsoring landowners directly to make arrangements. Hunters are encouraged to contact sponsors as soon as possible so sponsors can meet the Sept. 1 deadline to submit a list of participating hunters to DNR.
The list of sponsoring landowners for the 2011 hunt (pdf) is available on the Department of Natural Resources website.

The disabled gun deer hunt for hunters began in 1990 to give opportunities to hunt deer when temperatures are milder and mobility is less of a problem. The hunts are sponsored by private individuals or organizations and almost entirely take place on privately owned lands.

Hunters must possess a valid Class A Permit, a Class B Permit for People with Disabilities issued for more than one year and that authorizes shooting from a vehicle, or a Class C Disabled Hunting Permit to be eligible to participate in the Disabled Deer Hunt.

The annual disabled deer hunt will take place from Oct. 1-9 this year. More information is available on the Disable Deer Hunting page of the DNR website.
 Source: Wisconsin DNR (