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MADISON – In a return to a more traditional statewide deer season structure, only deer management units in the chronic wasting disease management zone (CWD-MZ) will have a four-day October antlerless deer only gun hunt in 2011.
The Oct 13-16 antlerless deer only gun hunt will take place in the following CWD deer management units: 54B-CWD, 70-CWD, 70A-CWD, 70B-CWD, 70E-CWD, 70G-CWD, 71-CWD, 73B-CWD, 73E-CWD, 75A-CWD, 75C-CWD, 75D-CWD, 76-CWD, 76A-CWD, 76M-CWD, 77A-CWD, 77B-CWD, and 77C-CWD.
State park CWD management zone units 70C-CWD, 70D-CWD, 70F-CWD, 75B-CWD require special access permits and have different hunting hours. Hunters should contact individual parks for permits, maps and instructions. Additional information on state park CWD management zone hunting seasons can be found on pg. 46 of the 2011 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations.
For complete rules and regulations involving this hunt consult the 2011 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations which is available in hard copy from license sales agents or online.
“Hunters in the CWD management zone and elsewhere are likely noticing billboards, television and print adds with a new slogan,” said Tami Ryan, of the DNR’s wildlife health unit.
“‘Hunt, Harvest, Help’ is something all hunters can participate in but it is especially relevant to the CWD zone. ‘Hunting’ is the fun part; it’s the family and friends and time in nature that brought many of us to this pastime as youngsters. ‘Harvest’ is for yourself and your family and friends but also for others; consider providing additional deer to the needy through the venison donation program. Finally, there is ‘Help’. Helping others by providing high quality food is one way but hunting also is the most effective, efficient and best wildlife management activity available. Consider your role as a hunter and what you can do to help contain CWD and prevent its spread to new areas.”
People may also contact the DNR Call Center toll free at 1-888-936-7463 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.