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Wisconsin gun deer season opens Nov. 20

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Wisconsin's regular nine-day gun deer hunting season opens Nov. 20 and runs through Nov. 28. State wildlife officials say conditions look very good, with the rut still near peak across much of the state this week.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports the corn harvest in Wisconsin is nearly complete, with 93 percent of corn harvested as of last week.

This year the season is structured to have a more conservative antlerless deer harvest in much of the state. Nearly half of the state is under a regular season structure, where hunters may only shoot an antlered deer, unless they purchase an additional unit-specific antlerless permit if they are available for the unit.

Areas of far northeastern Wisconsin are under a buck-only season structure, where no antlerless permits were available. Roughly the other half of the state remains under a herd-control structure because the population of those units is estimated to be 20 percent or more over established population
goals. In herd control units, hunters may shoot an antlered deer with their deer hunting license and may shoot an antlerless deer with the free herd-control antlerless permit that comes with their license.

A recent storm dropped 4 to 8 inches of wet snow along a small portion of northwestern Wisconsin, with lesser amounts in north central areas. Some of that snow was still on the ground as of mid week, and there is a possibility of additional snowfall late this week and early next in some northern

Because state forests and some areas within many state parks are open to gun deer hunting, recreational safety specialists are urging all people enjoying outdoor activities over the next several weeks to wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing.

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