Instant Survey: Do you like the proposed alternative to Earn-A-Buck?
The public panel included representatives of hunting and conservation groups, agriculture, county forests, university, and woodland owners. The panel’s complete report is available on the advisory committee Web site at http://deerherd.editme.com/
Here is a summary of the proposed changes:
1. November firearm season. Statewide 16-day beginning two Saturdays prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. CWD zone would use the same dates. Season would be the normal bucks plus variable quota system.
2. Archery seasons. Open statewide on the Saturday closest to September 15 and continues through the Thursday immediately prior to November firearm season. Statewide season reopens on first day of the November gun season and continuing through the second Sunday in January. In herd-control units, the archery season would continue through January 31. Bonus buck incentive for all hunters beginning December 26 through January 31 in herd control units. CWD zone would use the same dates.
3. Youth season. Statewide 5-day either-sex season beginning the second Saturday in October. Saturday through Wednesday.
4. Early muzzleloader season. Statewide 5-day, antlerless-only by permit beginning the second Saturday in October. Saturday through Wednesday.
5. October herd control firearm seasons. Herd control units only. 5-day, antlerless-only season beginning the second Saturday in October. CWD October season would use same dates. Saturday through Wednesday. When October herd control seasons are held on lands that are part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, the five- day season will begin on the Thursday nearest October 27.
6. Late muzzleloader season. Statewide 7-day season beginning the Monday immediately following the November firearm season (Bucks plus quota). CWD zone would use the same dates.
7. December firearm season. Central Forest & Farmland zones. 4-day, antlerless-only season beginning the Thursday immediately following the late muzzleloader season. Appropriate antlerless permit required. CWD zone would use the same dates.
8. Holiday herd control firearm season. Central Forest & Farmland zones. Herd control units only, 10-day antlerless-only season beginning December 26th. CWD zone would use same dates.
The rule also includes: a bonus buck incentive where hunters harvesting an antlerless deer in herd control units beginning on December 26 with this incentive are eligible for a bonus buck tag valid through the end of all deer seasons; and public/private land tags for herd control units only and only outside of the CWD Management Zone. Herd control tags will be specific to public or private lands. Public land tags will be issued based on the percentage of public land within herd control units.