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Gov. Walker suspends October deer hunt

Madison—On Friday, Aug. 24, Governor Scott Walker suspended the October 4-day deer gun hunt in Wisconsin’s south central Chronic Wasting Disease zone.

[NOTE: The statewide Youth Deer Hunt will still take place on Oct. 6-7.]

“On the heels of the Kroll report, legislators and hunters have made it clear they want Wisconsin to return to a more traditional season, which includes the 9-day November gun deer hunt,” Gov. Walker said. “Eliminating the 4-day October hunt in the CWD zone is one of the most simple and most effective ways we can show hunters that we are listening.”

Wisconsin held its first 4-day October hunt in 1996. Legislation signed by Governor Walker in 2011 eliminated the 4-day October gun hunt outside the CWD management zone, along with the unpopular Earn-a-Buck regulation. Under this legislation the 4-day October gun deer hunt could only occur if an emergency rule was ultimately approved by the Governor.

Earlier this year, Gov. Walker enlisted the help of nationally noted deer management expert Dr. James C. Kroll, officially known as Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer trustee, to conduct an independent, objective and scientifically-based review of Wisconsin’s deer management practices. He was assisted by Dr. David Guynn, a wildlife management professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, and Dr. Gary Alt, a former Pennsylvania Game Commission deer manager to assist in his assessment of Wisconsin.

That report was presented in June. DNR has begun working on implementation strategies.

“We feel this is a positive first step by the Wisconsin DNR to move deer management in a positive direction, and demonstrate their commitment to listening to the hunters and landowners of Wisconsin,” said Dr. James Kroll. “Our analysis of the impact of this hunt on the herd and hunter attitudes in previous years supports this recommendation, as previous harvests have not accomplished the desired goal.”

“We feel an early doe harvest has negative impacts on deer behavior, resulting in a subsequent reduced buck harvest during the gun season,” said Kroll.

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Do you agree with the proposed reduction of salmon stocking in Lake Michigan?

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Would you support legislation legalizing the sale of turkey bones and feathers from legally harvested wild turkeys?

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Would you support the reinstatement of a four-day October antlerless gun deer season in the CWD zone?

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NRB eases toward four-day October antlerless gun season in CWD zone


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In a recent issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News, contributing writer Tim Eisele wrote:

Madison –– The Natural Resources Board (NRB) approved a DNR request to begin the process to re-establish a four-day, antlerless-only gun deer season in the CWD zone.

At the board’s March 28 meeting, members voted by a 6 to 1 margin, with Greg Kazmierski voting against, to approve a scope statement (which was already approved by the governor) to draft emergency rule language that reestablishes the four-day season in an effort to control the spread of CWD.

If adopted, the season will begin on Thursday, October 11.

Normally, this wouldn’t come before the board until the NRB adopts its regular deer season framework at its April meeting. But because Act 50, passed by the Legislature last year, prohibits regular October firearm deer seasons, the only way for the DNR to establish an October season is with an emergency order passed each year – that process starts with approval of a scope statement.

Tom Hauge, DNR director of wildlife management, told the board that the DNR has held an October season for herd and disease control purposes in the CWD zone since 2002.

“Hunting seasons are really the main management tool for regulating deer populations, which is one of the strategies we use for CWD management,” Hauge said. “The Octogber season has been looked at by the University of Wisconsin and they concluded the season has an additive impact to the overall harvest. We believe it has value.”

Kazmiewrski said that he had a difficulkt time understanding the need for trhe season because last year only 2,003 deer were killed during that October season. Kazmierski was disappointed that an emergency rule is being used in this situation.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result,” Kazmierski chided Hauge. He said the DNR has irritated hunters in the CWD zone and wondered how the DNR could recommend this hunt.

Hauge said that CWD prevalence has continued to increase, and the DNR position is that it is still a serious disease.

“We’re approaching 20 percent prevalence (or one out of five) in adult male deer, which most hunters aspire to kill, and the Centers of Disease Control and World Health Organization still say not to eat CWD-positive deer,” Hauge said.


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Would you support the reinstatement of a four-day October antlerless gun deer season in the CWD zone?

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