Deer Hunt Special 2016 | Program |


MAJOR FUNDING FOR DEER HUNT WISCONSIN 2016 IS PROVIDED BY THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES. ♪♪>>Dan: WELCOME TO DEER HUNT WISCONSIN 2016. I’M DAN SMALL. THIS IS THE 25th ANNUAL SPECIAL PROGRAM DESIGNED TO BRING YOU UP TO SPEED ON DEER MANAGEMENT ISSUES AND HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES HERE IN THE BADGER STATE. IT’S NO SECRET THAT WISCONSIN OFFERS SOME OF THE BEST DEER HUNTING IN NORTH AMERICA. IN THIS PROGRAM, WE’LL COVER THE BASIC INFORMATION YOU’LL NEED TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL DEER SEASON. WE’LL ALSO LOOK AT THE TRADITION OF RETURNING TO FAMILIAR HUNTING GROUNDS, PLACES WE CHERISH, WITH FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SPORT WE LOVE AND LOOK FORWARD TO EVERY FALL. AND WE’LL WELCOME SOME NEW HUNTERS TO THE FOLD AS THEY GET A TASTE OF WHAT WE HOPE WILL BECOME A NEW TRADITION FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. THERE ARE SOME CHANGES AGAIN THIS YEAR, AN WE’LL GO OVER THOSE WITH THE HELP FROM WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES STAFF MEMBERS. WE’LL ALSO PROVIDE A FORECAST FOR THIS YEAR’S HUNT IN EACH REGION OF THE STATE. YOU’LL FIND MOST OF THIS INFORMATION IN THE 2016 DEER HUNTING REGULATIONS BOOKLET AVAILABLE AT LICENSED OUTLETS AND AT D.N.R. SERVICE CENTERS AROUND THE STATE. YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD A COPY FROM THE D.N.R. WEB SITE, DNR.WI.GOV. JUST TYPE IN THE KEY WORDS “DEER HUNTING.” THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM, YOU’LL SEE THE PHONE NUMBER FOR THE D.N.R. CALL CENTER ON YOUR SCREEN. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, YOU CAN CALL THIS NUMBER SEVEN DAYS A WEEK FROM 7:00 A.M. TO 10:00 P.M., OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO DNR.WI.GOV AND SEARCH “DEER” ANY TIME, DAY OR NIGHT. IF YOU HAVE A SMART PHONE, YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE FREE WISCONSIN POCKET RANGER APP, WHICH CONTAINS ALL THE INFORMATION IN THE REGULATIONS BOOKLET AND MORE FEATURES LIKE G.P.S. MAPPING, PLACES TO HUNT ON PUBLIC LAND, AND EVEN A TROPHY CASE WHERE YOU CAN SHARE YOUR PHOTOS INSTANTLY WITH A COMMUNITY OF HUNTERS. LEARN MORE AT DNR.WI.GOV, KEY WORD “MOBILE APPS.” 2015 WAS THE FIRST YEAR HUNTERS WERE REQUIRED TO REGISTER DEER ELECTRONICALLY. HERE’S KEVIN WALLENFANG, WHO HEADS UP THE DEER PROGRAM FOR THE D.N.R., WITH A LOOK AT HOW THE NEW SYSTEM WORKED LAST YEAR AND ADVICE FOR HUNTERS AS THEY PREPARE FOR THIS YEAR’S SEASON.>>WE REGISTERED OVER 300,000 DEER EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, REGISTERED WITH ELECTRONIC TECHNIQUES. SO WE’RE QUITE HAPPY WITH OUTDOOR TV IT WENT. WE HAD ABOUT 60% OF ALL THE PEOPLE THAT REGISTERED A DEER LAST YEAR ACTUALLY USED THEIR PHONE AS A COMPUTER OR THEIR HOME COMPUTER, SO IT WORKED QUITE WELL, AN THEY TOLD US THAT WAS THE FASTEST AND EASIEST WAY FOR THEM TO DO IT, SO WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO THAT AGAIN THIS YEAR. WE TESTED COMPLIANCE WITH A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT METHODS FROM WARDEN CHECKS OUT IN FIELD TO SURVEYS AND WHAT NOT AND WE FOUND THAT SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF 90% TO 93%, DEPENDING ON THE SURVEY METHOD THAT WE USED, REGISTERED THEIR DEER LEGALLY JUST AS THEY HAVE IN THE PAST. GOING INTO 2016, LET’S NOT FORGET THAT PLENTY OF PEOPLE DID NOT GET A DEER LAST YEAR AND THIS IS STILL GOING TO BE NEW FOR THEM, BUT IF THEY FIGURED OUT THE SYSTEM LAST YEAR, IT’S GOING TO BE EXACTLY THE SAME THIS YEAR. EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE NOT TAKING THAT ANIMAL IN AND SHOWING IT TO SOMEBODY, REGISTRATION IS STILL MANDATORY. A LITTLE BIT OF A NEW TWIST THIS YEAR IS THAT BECAUSE THE CARCASS TAGS ARE NOW PAPER, YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAG YOUR ANIMAL RIGHT AWAY. YOU UNTIL 5:00 P.M. THE DAY AFTER THAT DEER IS HARVESTED SO YOU GO THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS, AND WE WANT YOU TO PUT THAT CONFIRMATION NUMBER ON THE CARCASS TAG. THEN WE RECOMMEND YOU PUT IT INTO A PLASTIC BAG, STICK IT IN YOUR POCKET AND WAIT TILL YOU’RE OUT OF THE WOODS BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY TAG THE DEER AND ANY TIME YOU LEAVE THAT ANIMAL, IT NEEDS TO BE TAGGED, SO THAT IS OUR RULE, IF YOU LEAVE IT, TAG IT.>>Dan: FOR MANY OF US, HUNTING IS A HERITAGE, A TRADITION PASSED DOWN FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT. LET’S VISIT ONE FAMILY’S HUNTING CAMP AND HEAR THEIR STORY.>>GROWING UP, MY DAD HAD ALWAYS HUNTED SO I’VE BEEN AROUND IT PRETTY MUCH MY WHOLE LIFE AND A LOT OF MY UNCLES ALSO HUNTED AND ALL THAT. AND I REMEMBER A LOT OF TIMES WHEN HE WOULD COME HOME AFTER A HUNT, AND IT WAS — HE WOULD BRING IN A LOT OF ANIMALS AND I WAS REALLY INTERESTED IN SEEING THE GEESE LINED UP.>>MY KIDS WEREN’T REALLY, YOU KNOW, DAD, I WANT TO GO HUNTING, WHEN THEY WERE 5, 6, 7, AND THEN NONE OF MY KIDS REALLY JUMPED ON THAT, THE HUNTING WAGON. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, I WAS ALWAYS GOING, OH, MAN, I MISS MY KIDS, BUT I REALLY LIKE HUNTING, SO I KEPT HUNTING. AND WITH MICHELLE, TOOK SUCH AN INTEREST IN ANIMALS. I MEAN, EVERY ANIMAL IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT SHE COULD, SHE BROUGHT HOME.>>SO THAT’S WHEN THE SWITCH HAPPENED, BECAUSE I HAD SAID, HOW COULD I WANT TO SAVE TEASE ANIMALS AND DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR THESE ANIMALS, BUT KILL THESE ANIMALS AT THE SAME TIME, YOU KNOW, HOW — I DIDN’T SEE HOW THAT COULD WORK, AND HOW THAT COULD BE POSSIBLE. AND SO LIKE EVEN FOR MY DAD, I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND HOW HE COULD LOVE ANIMALS SO MUCH, BECAUSE HE DOES, YOU KNOW, JUST LIKE ME, BUT THEN GO OUT AND HUNT THEM. SO THEN I WENT THROUGH A BRIEF PHASE WHERE I WAS A VEGETARIAN, BECAUSE I HAD A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH THE MEAT INDUSTRY AND HOW ANIMALS WERE TREATED IN TERMS OF MASS PRODUCTION OF MEAT, SO THEN I WOULD SAY SOMEWHERE IN HIGH SCHOOL, AFTER MY BRIEF PHASE AS A VEGETARIAN, I HAD STARTED THEN EATING THE MEAT THAT MY DAD BROUGHT HOME AGAIN, SO THE VENISON AND DUCK AND JUST DIFFERENT MEATS AND STUFF AND I ENJOYED IT AND I REALIZED THEN THAT I MEAT THAT HE WAS BRINGING HOME WASN’T, YOU KNOW, IT WASN’T TORTURED, IT WAS OUT IN ITS NATURAL HABITAT, AND THEN IT WAS TAKEN HUMANELY, BUT THAT DIDN’T MEAN THAT I WAS READY AT ALL TO BE A HUNTER, YOU KNOW, BUT I COULD ACCEPT THEN THAT MY DAD WAS ONE. SO I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, HELPED A LOT. AND THEN I WENT OFF TO COLLEGE, WHERE I MET JACKSON, MY HUSBAND, MY NOW HUSBAND, AND HE WAS AN AVID HUNTER, VERY MUCH AN OUTDOORSMAN. MY DAD GOT WIND THAT JACK IS A HUNTER, SO THEY STARTED HUNTING TOGETHER AND THEY WOULD DO PHEASANT AND SOME DEER HERE AND THERE, SO I DECIDED AT THAT POINT THEN THAT I WANTED TO BE KIND OF RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING MY OWN FOOD. I WANTED TO FEEL THE CONNECTION THAT THEY FELT TO THE OUTDOORS, AND TO THE ANIMALS AND SO LAST YEAR WAS THE FIRST YEAR THAT I HUNTED. AND I DID BOW AND THEN RIFLE SEASON TOO.>>WHEN MICHELLE SHOT HER FIRST DEER, SHE IMMEDIATELY WAS EXCITED. IT WAS SO QUICK, AND VERY EMOTIONAL, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, TO DELIBERATELY TAKE A LIFE IS — WAS A BIG STEP FOR HER, BUT SHE I THINK UNDERSTANDS THAT — AND IT’S REWARDING TO SEE THAT YOU KNOW, THAT’S ABOUT THE MOST HUMANE WAY YOU CAN EAT MEAT, AND THERE’S NOTHING THAT CAN GET MORE ORGANIC THAN THAT.>>HAVING SOMEONE TO ACTUALLY — ACTUALLY HAVING TWO PEOPLE TO GUIDE ME THROUGH MY HUNTING EXPERIENCE, HAS BEEN INVALUABLE. I WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN A LUNTER EVER, HAD I NOT HAD THEM WITH ME. I’VE EXPERIENCED SOME KICK-BACK FROM OTHER, LIKE, CONSERVATIONISTS OR OTHER OUTDOORS PEOPLE, THAT THEY STRUGGLE WITH ME BEING A HUNTER AND ALSO BEING A CONSERVATIONIST. THE TWO ARE NOT ON OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM, AND THAT HUNTERS CAN BE SOME OF THE BEST CONSERVATIONISTS, BECAUSE YOU KNOW, WE’RE THE ONES WHO ARE OUT IN THE WOODS AND WE’RE RELYING ON THAT ANIMAL AND THAT MEAT AND WE’RE RELYING ON THE WOODS TO BE THERE, WE’RE RELYING ON THE PUBLIC LANDS TO BE THERE AND WITH THOSE GO AWAY, WELL, FOR SOME PEOPLE, THEIR HOBBY GOES AWAY, SOME PEOPLE, THEIR LIVELIHOOD GOES AWAY, SO YOU KNOW, HUNTERS ARE CONSERVATIONISTS, AND I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING I THINK THAT REALLY NEEDS TO CHANGE IN TERMS OF HOW HUNTERS ARE VIEWED.>>Dan: ONE OF THE RECENT CHANGES IN DEER MANAGEMENT WAS THE FORMATION OF COUNTY DEER ADVISORY COUNCILS, OR CDAC’S, TO INCREASE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN DEER MANAGEMENT DECISIONS.>>THE COUNCILS CONSIST OF SEVEN STAKEHOLDER SEATS THAT ARE OF RELATIVE IMPORTANCE TO DEER MANAGEMENT IN THE STATE. AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY, TRANSPORTATION, TOURISM, HUNTING, AND ALSO A PRIVATE LANDOWNER SPOT. THERE’S ALSO A SEAT FOR ANY TRIBAL REPRESENTATION AS WELL. THE CDAC’S ARE CHAIRED AND LED BY THE DELEGATES OF THE WISCONSIN CONSERVATION CONGRESS, AND SO THEY’RE A BIG PARTNER IN THIS EFFORT.>>THE WISCONSIN CONSERVATION’S CONGRESS’S ROLE IN THE CDAC’S IS TO BE THE LEADERS. WE HAVE THE CHAIR POSITION AND THE VICE CHAIR POSITION. THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A LOCAL PERSON BEING INVOLVED IN THE CDAC AND LEADING IT AS A CONSERVATION CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVE IS BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND THE LOCAL ISSUES, THEY UNDERSTAND THE DYNAMICS OF DEER HUNTING AND THE HUNTER’S PERCEPTION OF DEER IN THEIR COUNTY.>>SOME OF THE GOALS AND PURPOSES OF CDAC’S ARE TO COLLECT LOCAL INPUT ON ANTERLESS QUOTAS FOR THE SPECIFIC COUNTIES THEY REPRESENT AND ANTERLESS PERMIT NUMBERS. IN ADDITION, WE ALSO HAVE DISCUSSION ON SEASON STRUCTURES AND THE UPCOMING FALL HUNTING SEASONS.>>I THINK THERE’S REAL IMPORTANCE FOR HUNTERS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT THE CDAC HAS TO OFFER. IT’S LIKE BEING A CITIZEN SCIENTIST SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERY HUNTER TO GO TO THE D.N.R. WEBSITE AND START FILLING OUT THE HUNDREDER SURVEYS, THAT — HUNTER SURVEYS, THAT WAY THE COUNTY GETS ACCURATE INFORMATION ON WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE SEEING IN THE COUNTIES, HOW MANY HOURS THEY’RE SITTING IN ORDER TO SEE A DEER.>>SO THE CDAC PROGRAM COMBINES SCIENCE AND THE SCIENCE THAT WE’VE ALWAYS USED IN THE DEPARTMENT IN MAKING OUR MANAGEMENT DECISIONS WITH THE SOCIAL ASPECTS OF DEER MANAGEMENT AND THOSE ARE BOTH VERY IMPORTANT HERE IN WISCONSIN AS PEOPLE ARE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR DEER HERD AND WE’RE VERY PROUD OF THE DEER HUNTING TRADITIONS WE HAVE.>>IN ALL MY YEARS IN CONGRESS, WHEN I SAW THE NEW CDAC IDEA COME FORWARD, I WAS VERY EXCITED BECAUSE I THINK IT GIVES A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE IN MANAGING DEER. HE THINK A LOT TIMES, PEOPLE FROM THE COUNTY FELT THAT THEIR VOICE AND THEIR CONCERNS WEREN’T BEING HEARD, BECAUSE MANAGEMENT ALWAYS SEEMED TO BE DONE FROM MADISON OUT, BUT YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE MAKING THESE DECISIONS. THEY’RE YOU’RE CDAC MEMBERS.>>Dan: FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT DNR.WI.GOV AND SEARCH KEY WORD “CDAC” TO EXPLORE THE NEW CDAC WEB PAGE.>>Dan: ANYONE WHO HAS HUNTED DEER IN WISCONSIN IS FAMILIAR WITH THE BACKTAG AND CARCASS TAGS YOU RECEIVED WHEN YOU PURCHASED A DEER HUNTING LICENSE. DUE TO RECENT LEGISLATION, THE REQUIREMENT TO WEAR A BACKTAG IS NOW A THING OF THE PAST. YOU’LL STILL NEED TO CARRY A DEER HUNTING LICENSE AND PROPER CARCASS TAGS, BUT WITH THE NEW “GO WILD” LICENSE SYSTEM, THESE ARE NOW PRINTED ON PLAIN PAPER. WHEN YOU BUY AN ARCHERY OR FIREARM DEER HUNTING LICENSE THIS YEAR, YOU MAY ALSO SELECT ONE OR MORE ANTERLESS TAGS AT NO COST FOR USE IN A FARMLAND ZONE COUNTY OF YOUR CHOICE. IN MOST, BUT NOT ALL, FARMLAND ZONE UNITS, UP TO THREE ANTERLESS TAGS ARE INCLUDED WITH EACH DEER LICENSE. LICENSES MAY BE PURCHASED THROUGH THE “GO WILD” WEB SITE, OR AT ANY OF THE MORE THAN 1,000 LICENSE SALES LOCATIONS. SIMPLY SPECIFY THE DEER MANAGEMENT UNIT WHERE YOU WILL HUNT AND WHETHER YOU WILL BE HUNTING ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE LAND. BONUS ANTERLESS DEER TAGS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE THIS SEASON FOR MANY WISCONSIN DEER MANAGEMENT UNITS ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS AT THE RATE OF ONE PER PERSON PER DAY, AND AT A COST OF $12 EACH FOR WISCONSIN RESIDENTS, $20 EACH FOR NONRESIDENTS, AND $5 EACH FOR YOUTH AGES 10 AND 11.>>THAT WAS ONE OF THE MILDEST WINTERS ON RECORD. IN ADDITION, WE HAD A VERY EARLY SPRING GREENUP, SO THE DEER CAME OUT OF THE WINTER IN GOOD SHAPE AND THERE WAS A LOT OF GREEN VEGETATION FOR THEM TO EAT REALLY QUICK. WINTER IN 2013-2014 WAS LIKE THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF LAST WINTER. SO WE DIDN’T HAVE VERY MANY FAWNS BORN, SO IF YOU LOOK AT IT FROM A BUCK DEER PERSPECTIVE, THAT’S AFFECTING US THIS YEAR, BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS, FROM THIS LAST MILD WINTER, WHENEVER A DEER SURVIVES THE WINTER, THEY PUT THEIR EXTRA ENERGY, THE BUCKS DO, INTO ANTLER DEVELOPMENT. SO WE SHOULD SEE REALLY GOOD ANTLER DEVELOPMENT, ESPECIALLY WITH THE YEAR AND A HALF OLD BUCKS. WE HAVE SEVERAL COUNTIES IN THE NORTHERN FOREST THAT ARE STILL ZERO QUOTAS, SO THAT MEANS THAT THOSE COUNTIES ARE STILL REBUILDING THE DEER HERD, SO NO ANTERLESS DEER, GENERALLY SPEAKING, WILL BE HARVESTED. ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR DEER HUNTERS IN THE NORTHERN FOREST, IS WE HAVE SEVERAL NEW COUNTIES THAT ARE CWD-AFFECTED COUNTIES AND THAT WOULD INCLUDE ONEIDA, VILAS AND FOREST COUNTIES. SO WE ENCOURAGE HUNTERS IF YOU HARVEST A DEER IN ONE OF THOSE COUNTIES, MAKE SURE YOU TURN YOUR DEER HEAD IN FOR TESTING. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FROM A CWD MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVE.>>THE SCENTED FARM ZONE LAND HAS VERY PRODUCTIVE DEER HEARDS AND THIS PAST WINTER WAS PRETTY EASY ON THEM. EVEN IN OUR MORE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE ZONE, WINTER WAS EASY, AND DEER HAD ACCESS TO FORAGE THROUGHOUT THE WINTER. FAWN PRODUCTION WAS PRETTY GOOD AND ALONG WITH GOOD FAWN PRODUCTION, GENERALLY COMES REALLY GOOD ANTLER PRODUCTION FOR OUR ADULT BUCK POPULATION. IN MANY PORTIONS OF CENTRAL FARMLAND, WE ARE AT THE LEVEL OF BEING ABUNDANT TO OVERABUNDANT AND HUNTERS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO A HUGE SERVICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND THEMSELVES BY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AMPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO SHOOT ANTERLESS DEER IN THE CENTRAL FARMLAND ZONE. ALMOST ALL OF THE MANAGEMENT UNITS HAVE FREE FARMLAND ZONE TAGS FOR ANTERLESS DEER. WE HAVE A NEW CHANGE IN OCONTO COUNTY, WITH THE DISCOVERY OF A CWD-POSITIVE DEER IN GAME FARM. WE HAVE A BAITING BAN THAT IS IN EFFECT FOR THIS HUNTING SEASON. WE HAVE MANY DEER MANAGEMENT UNITS THAT ARE SPLIT BETWEEN FARMLAND AND FOREST. AND WHEN FOLKS ARE REGISTERING THE DEER THAT THEY’VE TAKEN, BE SURE THAT YOU’RE REGISTERING IT IN THE CORRECT ZONE. I THINK HUNTERS WILL BE PRETTY PLEASED WITH THE NUMBER OF DEER THAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE SEEING UP HERE THIS FALL.>>WE HAD FANTASTIC HABITAT CONDITIONS WITH VERY WET SUMMER, WHICH PRODUCED GOOD GROWING CONDITIONS, SO WE’VE GOT GOOD FAWN RECRUITMENT. I THINK HUNTERS WILL ALSO BE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY ANTLER GROWTH THIS YEAR AND THE OTHER THING THAT’S GONE ON THE LAST FEW YEARS, WE HAVE REDUCED PERMIT NUMBERS WITHIN THE FOREST ZONE TO TRY TO BRING TOES ANTERLESS DEER POPULATIONS AND POPULATIONS UP. SO OVERALL, LUNTERS WILL SEE MORE DEER IF THE CENTRAL FOREST THIS FALL. A UP COULD OF THINGS THAT HUNTERS IN THE FORESTED ZONE NEED TO KEEP IN MIND IS JACKSON COUNTY ARE HAVE A ZERO QUOTA AGAIN FOR THE SECONDE, SO THERE ARE NO ANTERLESS PERMITS AVAILABLE. ALL THE OTHER COUNTIES IN THE CENTRAL PORTION DO HAVE PERMITS AVAILABLE AND HUNTERS WERE ABLE TO PURCHASE THOSE. HOWEVER, THEY ARE LIMITED AND MOST OF THEM BY THE DEER SEASON WILL BE SOLD OUT. VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR HUNTERS THAT ARE HUNTING THE CENTRAL FOREST ZONE THIS FALL ESPECIALLY IN JACKSON COUNTY AND EVEN SURROUNDING COUNTIES IS AFTER TWO YEARS OF EXTENSIVE EFFORT AND PARTNER INVOLVEMENT, WE HAVE ELK ON THE LANDSCAPE IN JACKSON COUNTY THROUGH A TRANSLOCATION EFFORT FROM KENTUCKY UP TO WISCONSIN. HUNTERS NEED TO BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE ELK ON THE LANDSCAPE, AN ESPECIALLY CALVES THAT WERE BORN THIS PAST YEAR ARE SIMILAR IN SIZE TO ADULT WHITETAIL DEER AND WE DON’T EVER WANT ANYBODY TO ACCIDENTALLY MAKE THAT MISTAKE OF SHOOTING ONE OF THOSE ELK. WE HAD A NUMBER OF CWD-POSITIVE DEER OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS. WE WILL BE OFFERING CWD SAMPLING AT A NUMBER OF LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL WISCONSIN. WE APPRECIATE HUNTERS BEING INVOLVED IN THAT, SO THEY CAN ASSIST US IN DETERMINING WHERE CWD IS AND IS NOT ON THE LANDSCAPE.>>THE 2016 DEER SEASON IN THE SOUTHERN FARMLAND ZONE, WHICH MAKES UP SOUTHERN 20 COUNTIES, STRETCHING FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO LAKE MICHIGAN, LOOKS TO BE AN EXCELLENT YEAR. WE HAD VERY GOOD PRODUCTION, LOTS OF FAWNS ARE ON THE GROUND, OUR SUMMER DEER OBSERVATIONS AND OPERATION DEER WATCH HAVE POSITIVE RESULTS, SO THERE SEEMS TO BE QUITE A FEW DEER THERE. NEW FOR 2016, THE HOLIDAY HUNT IS BACK IN SEVEN COUNTIES IN THE SOUTHERN FARMLAND ZONE. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THAT HUNT, PLEASE VISIT THE D.N.R. WEBSITE TO FIND MORE INFORMATION. ALL COUNTIES DO HAVE BONUS PERMITS AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OF RACINE AND KENOSHA COUNTY AND THE VERY SOUTHEAST PORTION OF THE STATE, SO THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO GET OUT AND HARVEST AN ANTERLESS DEER IF THEY CHOOSE TO. WINTER DOESN’T PLAY AS LARGE A ROLE IN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN AS IT DOES UP NORTH, SO FAWN PRODUCTION IS VERY HIGH AND IT LAS VEGAS MEANS THE BUCKS WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A LOT MORE NUTRIENTS TO ASSIST IN THE ANTLER GROWTH, SO WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO SEE A LOT OF DECENT BUCKS BEING HARVESTED ALREADY THROUGHOUT THE BOW SEASON, SO I WOULD EXPECT TO SEE MORE REALLY NICE PHOTOS OF SOME REALLY NICE BUCKS BEING HARVESTED DURING THIS YEAR’S GUN SEASON. CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE HAS BEEN AN ASPECT OF DEER MANAGEMENT FOR QUITE SOME TIME. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CWD AND WHERE YOU CAN GET YOUR DEER TESTED, PLEASE VISIT THE D.N.R. WEBSITE AT KEY WORD “SEARCH CWD.”>>Dan: HUNTER ANDERSON SHOT HIS FIRST DEER LAST YEAR AT THE AGE OF 10, BUT HE’S BEEN HUNTING WITH HIS DAD SINCE HE WAS THREE.>>WE WENT THROUGH ALL OUR WOODS AND WE STOPPED AND LOOKED OUT ON THE FIELD AND WE SAW TWO DEER, I DIDN’T SEE THEM FIRST, WHICH IS KIND OF FUNNY, AND THEN, MY DAD WAS SAYING, OK, HE WAS JUST BACKING UP AND THE DEER SAW HIM, AND WE BOTH FROZE AND IT CAME UP A LITTLE BIT CLOSER, TURNED BROADSIDE AGAIN. MY DAD SAID, TAKE HER, AND I TOOK HER RIGHT WHEN MY DAD SAID, TAKE HER, AND I RAN 10 YARDS AND DROPPED IN THE WOODS. IT WAS FUN BECAUSE I’VE BEEN WANTING TO DO THIS MY WHOLE LIFE SINCE I STARTED HUNTING, AND GOT TO DO IT.>>YOU THINK YOU’LL KEEP LUNTING?>>– HUNTING?>>YES.>>WHY?>>BECAUSE IT’S JUST A FUN THING TO GO SIT OUT IN THE WOODS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AND JUST LISTEN TO THE BEAUTY OF NATURE, AND LOOK AROUND AT THE WONDERFUL TREES AND STUFF.>>I HAVE JUST WANTED HIM TO — I JUST WANTED HIM TO EXPERIENCE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO JUST HAVE FUN HUNTING. IT BROUGHT MEMORIES OF ME GETTING MY FIRST DEER. HE WAS SO EXCITED. I THINK I WAS MORE EXCITED THAN HE WAS. I JUST — I DON’T KNOW, I JUST WAS IN AWE THAT HE ACTUALLY GOT TO TAKE THAT AND ACTUALLY SEE HOW HAPPY HE WAS. THERE’S NO FEELING LIKE IT, I CAN’T EXPLAIN IT. NO WORD CAN EXPLAIN HOW I FEEL FOR HIM.>>Dan: THE MIDWEST OUTDOOR HERITAGE EDUCATION EXPO IS A TWO-DAY EVENT HELD EACH MAY HERE AT THE MCKENZIE CENTER IN POYNETTE. THIS EXPO ALONE WON’T NECESSARILY TURN A KID INTO A HUNTER, BUT THE HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES KIDS EXPERIENCE HERE WILL CERTAINLY GIVE TEMPERATURE — GIVE THEM A TASTE OF WHAT TE OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE AND NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION ARE ALL ABOUT. EXPO ORGANIZERS GIVE TEACHERS AND CHAPERONES INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE THEY AND THE STUDENTS CAN GO FOR THE ONGOING PROGRAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO BECOME SAFE, ETHICAL AND SUCCESSFUL HUNTERS.>>MY MOST FAVORITE THING I SAW HERE WAS THE DUCKS.>>MY FAVORITE WAS PROBABLY ARCHERY.>>I THINK WITH SOME KIDS, THEY’RE GOING TO FIND SOMETHING THAT THEY THINK IS INCREDIBLE AND WILL DEFINITELY GO FORWARD WITH IT.>>Dan: NEXT YEAR’S EXPO IS SET FOR MAY 17 AND MAY 18. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE OUTDOOR HERITAGE EDUCATION CENTER FACEBOOK PAGE.>>Dan: WE’VE MET SEVERAL NEW HUNTERS AND WE’VE SEEN THE EXCITEMENT ON THE FACES OF KIDS AT THE OUTOUTDOOR EXPO. — YOUTH OUTDOOR EXPO. KEITH WARNKE HEADS UP THE HUNTING AND SHOOTINGS SPORTS PROGRAM FOR WISCONSIN, AND HE’S HERE TO TELL US ABOUT EFFORTS TO RECRUIT NEW HUNTERS FROM A DIFFERENT DEMOGRAPHIC. THEIR PRIMARY INTEREST IS HUNTING FOR FOOD.>>THERE ARE REALLY TWO OBJECTIVES WITH THE LEARNING TO HUNT FOR FOOD PROGRAM. SO THE FIRST OBJECTIVE THAT WE HAVE HERE IS TO INTRODUCE HUNTING INTO A SEGMENT OF SOCIETY THAT’S INTERESTED IN HUNTING FOR THEIR OWN FOOD. WE JUST NEED TO PROVIDE THE TOOLS AND SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE. AND THE SECOND OBJECTIVE IS TO REALLYEXPOSE THE BRAND OF HUNTING TO SOCIETY AS A WHOLE AND TO SHOW SOCIETY AND NOVICE HUNTERS THAT FOOD IS ULTIMATE CONNECTOR FOR US ALL TO HUNTING, TO CONSERVATION, AND TO OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. WE’VE TARGETED LEARN-TO-HUNT FOR FOOD AT ADULTS AND FOR SEVERAL REASONS. FIRST OF ALL, THEY’RE INTERESTED IN HUNTING. LOW-HANGING FRUIT, THEY’VE SHOWN AN INTEREST, THEY’RE MATURE, THEY GET TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS IF THEY DECIDE THINK WANT TO GO HUNTING, THEY CAN TAKE THE CARE, WHICH THEY OWN A CAR AND COME AND DRIVE AND MEET YOU TO HUNT. THEY ALSO HAVE MONEY, THEY CAN BUY HUNTING EQUIPMENT AND IF THEY FEEL LIKE HUNTING IS A GOOD VALUE, THEY’RE GOING TO INVEST THAT MONEY IN HUNTING AND IN ACCUMULATING THE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES THAT THEY NEED ONCE WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO GIVE THEM THE TOOLS OR SHARE WITH THEM THE TOOLS AND SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE THAT THEY HAVE TO HAVE TO BECOME HUNTERS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST BENEFITS OF THE DEER CAMP EXPERIENCE, OF COURSE, IS THE CAMPFIRE, HANGING OUT WITH THE EXPERIENCED HUNTERS AND THE NOVICE HUNTERS, PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THEIR DAY, PEOPLE DISCUSSING WHAT THEY LEARNED AND WHAT THEY SAW, BUT THE REAL BOND THAT YOU SEE THERE IS THE GROWING CAMARADERIE BETWEEN THE NOVICE HUNTERS AND THEIR OLDER GUIDES OR MENTORS, WHO ARE TEACHING THEM HOW TO DO IT AND PEOPLE REALLY BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THROUGH THAT EXPERIENCE WHAT DEER CAMP IS ALL ABOUT AND WHAT DEER HUNTING IS ALL ABOUT. AND MANY OF THEM WANT TO GO OUT AND REPLICATE THAT AND DO THAT THEMSELVES.>>NOW HERE D.N.R. ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR MATT O’BRIEN TO RECAP THE MOST IMPORTANT NEW RULES FOR 2016.>>WE HAVE SEVERAL NEW COUNTIES THAT ARE CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO BAITING AND FEEDING PROHIBITION, THOSE BEING ONEIDA, VILAS AND FOREST COUNTIES IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE STATE, AND AS OF NOVEMBER 1, IT WILL ALSO INCLUDE OCONTO AND MENOMONEE COUNTIES. IF YOU HAPPEN TO OBSERVE A VIOLATION, PARTICULARLY REGARDING TRESPASSING, IT MAY BE A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT WITHOUT HAVING BACK TAGS ON THE BACK OF A PERSON TO HELP IDENTIFY THEM, BUT YOU CAN TAKE PHOTOS PERHAPS TO GET A SUBJECT IDENTIFICATION, OR EVEN PHOTOS OR LICENSE PLATES OF VEHICLES, WHICH WILL ALSO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT TO FOLLOW UP ON THOSE COMPLAINTS. THERE ARE A FEW NEW RULES THIS YEAR HARDING YOUTH ANTERLESS TAGS. THE FIRST IS THAT IN A HOST OF NORTHERN COUNTIES, TAGS ARE NOT GOING TO BE AVAILABLE FOR ANTERLESS HARVEST. REALLY TRYING TO BE RESPONSIVE TO CDAC DESIRES TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OVER THE ANTERLESS NUMBERS. THE SECOND CHANGE RELATED TO YOUTH TAGS IS THAT THE YOUTH ANTERLESS TAG IS NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR GROUP HUNTING, SO THAT’S THROUGHOUT THE STATE, THE TAG THAT’S ASSIGNED TO OUR YOUTH IS THE TAG FOR THEM TO UTILIZE TO PURSUE ANTERLESS DEERS AND IT’S NOT GOING TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE WHOLE PARTY TO USE. ALSO, KEEP IN MIND AS YOU’RE USING RECREATIONAL VEHICLES THIS FALL, BE GOOD MENTORS, LIKE WE HELP SHOW OUR YOUTH HOW TO HUNT SUCCESSFULLY, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GIVE THE TOOLS TO SUCCESSFULLY AND SAFELY OPERATE RECREATIONAL VEHICLES.>>MANY SPORTSMEN CLUBS AND SHOOTING RANGES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. BEFORE YOU HEAD INTO THE WOOD THIS SEASON, BE SURE TO SIGHT IN YOUR RIFLE, PISTOL, SHOTGUN OR MUZZLELOADERRER. WE HAVE HAVEN’T LOOKED AT CWD IN DEPTH, BECAUSE THE D.N.R. IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A NEW FIVE YEAR CWD RESPONSE PLAN. THERE’S ALSO AN EXCITING RESEARCH PROJECT JUST GETTING UNDERWAY THAT’S STUDYING THE IMPACT OF PREDATORS, HUNTERS AND IMPACT OF DISEASE ON POPULATION GROWTH IN THE CORE CWD-AFFECTED AREA IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN. WE’LL REPORT ON THESE PROJECTS AND MORE IN NEXT YEAR’S SHOW. IS.>>WE’LL REPORT ON THESE PROJECTS AND MORE IN NEXT YEAR’S SHOW. YOU’LL FIND MORE ON EVERYTHING WE’VE COVERED ON THE D.N.A. WEB SITE, KEY WORDS “DEER SHOW,” AND ON THE DEER HUNT WISCONSIN YOUTUBE CHANNEL. I’M DAN SMALL. ON BEHALF OF EVERYONE WHO WORKED ON THIS 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW, WE WISH YOU A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL DEER SEASON, AND BE SURE TO JOIN US AGAIN NEXT YEAR FOR ANOTHER EPISODE OF DEER HUNT WISCONSIN.>>

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