It’s that time of year again when the blaze orange is airing out, sighting-in is underway and talk turns to plans for the upcoming gun deer season opener. This year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is giving people even more ways to share their hunting traditions.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 18, the DNR is launching a Pin-it-to-Win-it contest. Entering is easy and it will land the winner a three year subscription to Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.

“We want to see what hunting traditions mean to you,” said Trish Nitschke, DNR social media and outreach coordinator. “That could be getting your gear ready, being out in the woods, or a traditional family recipe. Details can be found on the DNR Facebook page starting on November 18.”

On Tuesday, November 19, DNR staff will hold the first of three online chats all about deer season.

  • November 19, noon: What to expect; gearing up for the season: Get important and interesting information about what is happening in the woods now, and ask what you may expect to see for the season.
  • November 20, noon: Where to go; connecting you with open hunting lands: Still looking for a place to hunt or have questions about hunting in state parks? Get information about public land, voluntary public access, and how you can find a place to hunt.
  • November 21: noon: Need to know; be safe and aware of changes to rules and regulations: There can never be too many reminders on safe hunting, and be sure you know what’s changed and what hasn’t with the regulations before you head out to hunt.

People can join the conversation by going to the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov and clicking on the graphic or the “ask the experts” link, or, via Facebook by clicking on the “Cover it Live Chat” box on the top of the page.

“We are very excited about all of the ways hunters and their families can share their traditions with others,” said Trish Nitschke, social media and outreach coordinator. “We are really looking forward to hearing stories about those who took a friend or family member out hunting for the first time.

“Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter throughout deer season. Share your photos and stories by using #WIhunt. We will be posting updates from across the state so you can see in real time what is going on in the field. We will be doing ride-a-longs with our wardens throughout the nine day hunt and will share their experience on Twitter.”

Also new this year is the First Harvest Certificate. This is a great way for those who harvest a deer for the first time to preserve this special hunting memory. Information about when and where the deer was harvested, who they were hunting with and more can be displayed on the certificate. Learn more by going to dnr.wi.gov and searching “deer.”

Logo courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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