Gun deer hunters have one final opportunity this year to harvest a deer in the chronic wasting disease management zone of south central Wisconsin. The season, called the Holiday Hunt, runs Dec. 24 through the end of the ongoing late archery hunt, Jan. 6, 2013.
Hunters can fill unused antlerless tags, unused Gun or Archery Buck Carcass Tags or CWD Deer Carcass Tags. Bonus buck rules apply. Deer can be harvested with the use of any legal firearm, bow or crossbow. Archery hunters must meet legal blaze orange requirements during this open firearm season. This includes the wearing of at least 50 percent blaze orange outer clothing above the waste. The goal of the holiday hunt is to provide additional hunting opportunity as well as herd control.
Surveillance of CWD continues in the CWD management zone. However, DNR has met its overall sampling goals for the year due to high levels of hunter service testing within the management zone and will no longer require hunters to have their deer sampled in targeted CWD units. Though no longer required, sampling will continue be available upon request through the end of the season.
More information on the season structure as well as registration and sampling locations, visit dnr.wi.gov, search keyword “CWD.”