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MADISON – Deer hunters are encouraged take advantage of a number of available tools and resources to make sure they are ready for another exciting 9-day gun deer season.
An informational packet has been made available to hunters with any questions related to rules new and old alike. With a few simple clicks, hunters can learn what has changed in 2014.
This year’s packet includes the following materials:
• What will this year’s changes mean for my hunt?
• Deer Chronology in Wisconsin: A Brief Overview
• Deer Hunt 2014 Communications Summary
• 2014 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Forecast
• Hunting in Wisconsin: An Economic Summary
Deer Hunt 2014 Fact Sheet
To view this and other information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov, search keyword “deer,” and find the “deer hunt informational packet” menu.
Frequently Asked Questions
The department’s frequently asked questions page offers a helpful look at questions that have commonly been asked so far this fall related to deer hunting.
To view the frequently asked questions about the gun deer hunt page, search keyword “deer” and find the “tools for your season” menu.
Those interested in receiving email updates regarding new regulations can sign up to receive occasional email reminders about season dates, license and tag types, and other information. Visit dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for “subscribe for updates for DNR topics,” then follow the prompts and select a list of your choice.
Informational Live chats
The department has offered a number of informational chats open to the public, with DNR wildlife, law enforcement, regulations and communications specialists on hand to answer questions. So far, chats focused on crossbow hunting, antlerless permits, e-registration, and general regulations have drawn over 1,000 live participants, with nearly 200 questions answered.
Hunters are encouraged to participate in the following chats leading up to this year’s 9-day gun deer opener:
• Nov. 18 – Deer Hunting Season Forecast;
• Nov. 19 – Know where to hunt! (VPA, PAL Atlas, Hunting and Parks apps);
• Nov. 20 – Safety and Regulations; and
• Nov. 21 – Women in hunting, youth hunting, recipes, deer camp, and favorite memories.
To view a chat schedule and check out previous chats, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “chat.”
Deer Hunt 2014
Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014 is the 23rd annual hour-long special designed to help hunters prepare for the upcoming firearms deer season. Host Dan Small will interview Wisconsin deer management experts to discuss changes to this year’s hunt and offer helpful tips and tricks as you gear up and head out into the woods.
For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “deer show.”
Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2014 is a production of Dan Small Outdoors, LLC, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
State Park deer management units no longer in place
There are no longer individual deer management units for specific Wisconsin state park system properties, as deer hunting is now allowed on most properties. Hunters no longer have to apply for special hunting access permits to hunt on state park properties. Each state park now falls within the county deer management unit in which it is located.
State parks are open for hunting and trapping beginning on Nov. 15 and running through Dec. 15, except that hunting with legal archery methods is allowed through Sunday, Jan. 4. There are some exceptions to the hunting in state parks rules. Hunting is not allowed in Copper Culture, Cross Plains, Governor Nelson, Heritage Hill and Lakeshore state parks, Hank Aaron State Trail, Fischer Creek State Recreation Area, Havenwoods State Forest, Lapham Peak and Pike Lake units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Hunting is limited to bows and crossbows only in Big Foot Beach and Lake Kegonsa state parks. Harrington Beach, High Cliff, Kohler-Andrae, Peninsula, Perrot, Rib Mountain and Wildcat Mountain state parks and Loew Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest only allow the use of muzzleloaders, bows and crossbows during the firearm deer season.
Hunters who plan to hunt in any state park property are responsible for knowing what areas of each property are open to or closed to hunting. Hunting is prohibited within 100 yards of designated use areas such as picnic areas, campgrounds, beaches and heavily used trails. It is also illegal to discharge a firearm, air gun, bow or crossbow from or across any state trail or other area in a state park that is closed to hunting.
Maps of open and closed areas are posted at each property and are available by searching the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for keyword “hunting state parks.”
All visitors to state park properties are encouraged to wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing during the open state park hunting period.