With the addition of the $1 million in grant funding available in 2017, it’s possible that a new deer season could start in Wisconsin this year. That would be the second time that this year that a new deer season has been scheduled. Last year, a new season would have started on Saturday, July 29th. According to the Department of Natural Resources, a year in advance would have given the Department of Agriculture the ability to test the new hunting seasons with the public in advance.
“In order for the department to determine if a new program is viable, the department must not only make sure that this new season is sustainable, it must have significant public participation for its feasibility to be sustainable in some situations,” Saylor said. As I explained back on September 11th, the current season of 30 days is now broken up into 12 equal “parks.”
“The parks are not separate areas. When it is legal for hunters to hunt at a particular park, it is legal for hunters to hunt at any other park in the vicinity,” Saylor said. “…So long as hunters follow the rules, the deer management plan and the law as they stand now, there will be no more special season for the Wisconsin deer. A new, longer season is possible… …The department will not comment on the potential of ending the season based on the information that is available at this time; however, it is important that we remain prepared for any new information or legislation that may be enacted.”
For those hunter enthusiasts still interested in having their own deer hunting license, that’s still an option in Wisconsin. However, once the current season runs out, it would be good to know that there is more to the equation.
“The department is taking comments, and we will update on the status of deer hunting licenses and a few other key policy aspects of the deer hunting program based on those comments as well,” Saylor said. In the meantime, you can make a comment on the Department of Natural Resources website.
The second update for the Wisconsin state deer hunting schedule is coming soon. You can find the additional schedule here , but you can also stay up to date by following the Wisconsin Deer Hunters on Facebook.