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With hunting seasons beginning, the DNR is hoping the public helps out by following rules to help cut down on Chronic Wasting Disease.

DNR acting wildlife health section chief, Erin Larson, says nine new counties have been added to the counties under a baiting and feeding ban. Several Northwoods counties already are under the ban.

Larson explains....


A DNR official says Input from local citizens helped shape a deer hunting plan that is different from recent hunts.

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board this week approved a 2019 framework that doesn't include any buck-only counties for the first time since 2009. No counties requested a buck-only season suggesting the herd numbers are healthy statewide.

Northeast District Wildlife Supervisor Jeff Pritzl says the County Deer Advisory Councils did much to help this year..

Wisconsin DNR Erik Barber

The DNR's harvest numbers are here.

More deer were taken during the recently concluded gun deer season in the Northwoods than the year before, even though statewide, fewer deer were taken.

DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz...


An expert says it's no accident Wisconsin is known nationally as one of the safest places to hunt deer for the whole family and friends.

With the 9-day gun deer season opening Saturday, DNR hunter education specialist Jon King says they looked at hunting accidents data back to the 1940's and he says the number of incidents have dropped significantly....

Natural Resources Board Approves Bucks Only Deer Hunt

May 24, 2017
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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' board has signed off on a fall deer hunt structure that scales back the number of counties where hunters can shoot only bucks for a fourth straight year.

The 2017 season structure designates Ashland, Iron and Vilas counties and the eastern half of Eau Claire County as buck-only. The designation protects does so they can give birth and grow area herds.

The DNR's board passed the structure Wednesday on a unanimous voice vote.

Higher numbers of deer were taken in the Northwoods during the recently-concluded nine-day gun deer hunt. DNR ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says the numberof deer taken in the region increased...

" was nice to see a 30 percent increase in the buck harvest in northern Wisconsin. That following a couple of years of very mild winters and very low antlerless permits. We're glad to see things have turned around a bit in that part of the state..."

Wisconsin's 2016 gun deer hunt begins Saturday morning. Ken Krall spoke with DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz about the prospect for the hunt, safety, and how this hunt will be different in the Northwoods. We'll start with Jeremy Holtz...

As hunters take to the woods and waters this fall, the DNR is hoping they take a moment to note the wildlife they see OTHER than the animal or bird they're seeking.

The DNR kicking off its eighth annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey, a survey where hunters can record their observations of deer and other wildlife while out hunting. Survey results help track population trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife...says wildlife research scientist Jessica Rees Lohr...

What To Do With a Deer Heart? Give It To An Eagle, Says REGI

Nov 28, 2014
Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

With just a few days left in Wisconsin’s gun deer season, hunters who do get a deer may be looking for a use for its heart.

Marge Gibson of Antigo’s Raptor Education Group says that organ is an ideal food for eagles and other raptors. 

“The deer heart is a perfect food for our birds.  We currently have 42 bald eagles in our care, and they go through an awful lot of food.  So it’s an excellent source of protein for them, and it’s hunters helping hunters.” 

Every year the wildlife rehabilitation center asks for donations of deer hearts.

Buck Harvest Down For Northern Region and Statewide

Nov 24, 2014
Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Hunters registered more than ten thousand bucks in the northern district during opening weekend.  That’s down by about 12 percent compared to last year according to the DNR’s preliminary figures.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says part of the decline is likely due to last winter’s taking a toll on the herd. 

Joyce Bong Erickson

Saturday is opening day of Wisconsin’s annual gun deer season.  For many families the hunt is about much more than taking a deer - it’s a time of family bonding, camaraderie and tradition.  In today’s History Afield, Writer Bob Willging has the story of a famous World War II combat pilot, who made deer hunting with his family a priority while home on leave in 1943.

Northland Pines School District has a new vacation this school year. Students and teachers will have the whole week off at Thanksgiving for deer season. 

Last year, nearly 200 students in the Northland Pines middle school and high school were absent from school on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving break, many of them to take part in the 9-day deer hunting season. That’s nearly 15% of the district student body. This year, the Northland Pines School District responded by adjusting its vacation schedule accordingly. As superintendent Dr. Mike Richie explains,

Snow Could Be Both Challenge and Aid To Deer Hunters

Nov 18, 2014
Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Hunters may want to do some extra scouting before the gun-deer season opens this Saturday. Deep snow conditions are likely to change how deer are moving around. 

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says snow on the ground will help hunters see and track deer, but several feet of snow could make it challenging to traverse the terrain.  He says it will also affect where the deer are to be found.

Tribes Wait For Decision On Night Hunting Appeal

Sep 23, 2014
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The state’s six Chippewa tribes are again waiting to hear whether a federal judge will allow tribal members to hunt deer at night in the ceded territory. 

The issue was first in the courts more than twenty years ago, and in 1991 a judge ruled that the traditional practice of hunting deer by night would be too dangerous for the public in off-reservation lands.

Deer season is drawing nearer, and that means hunters will have to face a variety of changes in the way the state is managing deer.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz talks about one of the key changes – the creation of county deer advisory councils.