Published: November 5, 2009 by the Northern Region
Contact(s): Dave Zebro (715) 635-4093 or the nearest DNR Conservation Warden in your area
SPOONER - Wisconsin's deer gun hunt is one of the most exciting times of the year for many residents, but it is important for everyone to follow the rules and regulations for gun deer season so that everyone stays safe in the woods. Here are some answers to the 10 more frequently asked questions:
1.CAN I TAG AN ANTLERLESS DEER WITH THE HERD CONTROL TAG I RECEIVED WITH MY DEER HUNTING LICENSE?
The Herd Control/ CWD Tag received with your license is valid only in Herd Control or CWD deer management units. Most units in the north this year are not herd control units but instead are "Regular" units. Hunters who want to harvest an antlerless deer in a regular unit must purchase a bonus tag. Keep in mind that not all units have bonus tags and others have only a limited number available.
2 CAN I HUNT THE DAY BEFORE DEER SEASON?
No! Hunting is not allowed on the Friday preceding the gun deer season, except for waterfowl hunting. A landowner and the family members may sight in firearms on the Friday before the 9-day deer gun season on their private property. This law does not allow them to hunt, but only to sight in firearms. Firearms may also be sighted in at an established range during this period.
3. CAN I TAKE MY CHILD HUNTING WITHOUT A GUN OR LICENSE?
Yes. He or she can tag along to observe the hunt. We recommend anyone in the woods wear blaze orange.
4. WHAT HANDGUNS ARE LEGAL FOR DEER HUNTING?
Deer may be hunted with handguns loaded with center-fire cartridges of .22 caliber or larger that have a minimum barrel length of 5 1/2 inches measured from the muzzle to the firing pin with the action closed.
5. WHAT ARE THE CASING REQUIREMENTS FOR FIREARMS?
The rule is as follows: "Enclosed in a carrying case" for firearms means completely contained in a gun case expressly made for that purpose which is fully enclosed by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied or otherwise fastened, with no portion of the firearm exposed. No person may place, possess or transport a firearm, bow or crossbow in or on a vehicle, unless the firearm is unloaded and encased or unless the bow or crossbow is unstrung or is enclosed in a carrying case. A vehicle includes ATV's and snowmobiles.
6. CAN SOMEONE ELSE TRANSPORT MY DEER AFTER IT'S LEGALLY TAGGED AND REGISTERED?
Yes. Any person may transport a lawfully taken deer if it is properly tagged and registered, whether they possess a hunting license or not.
7. ONCE I HAVE KILLED A DEER, CAN I CONTINUE TO HUNT?
Any member of a group gun-deer hunting party may kill a deer for another member of the party with a firearm if both of the following conditions exist:
8. CAN I HUNT SMALL GAME DURING THE DEER SEASON?
Yes, if the season is open, and with the exception of waterfowl hunting, if 50 percent of the person's outer clothing above the waist is blaze orange.
9. CAN I USE A LIGHT TO SHINE WILD ANIMALS?
Persons may not use or possess with intent to use a light for shining any wild animal while hunting or in possession of a firearm, bow and arrow or crossbow. Further, between September 15 and December 31, during the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., you may not use any light for shining wild animals.
10. WHAT DO I DO IF I LOSE MY HUNTER EDUCATION CERTIFICATE?
Wisconsin law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1973 must have successfully completed a hunter education course before he or she purchases any hunting license. This certificate must be presented when a license is purchased. -- If lost, a duplicate can be obtained by going in person or applying through the mail to a Department of Natural Resources license sales office. The current fee is $2.75.
For answers to additional questions, consult the Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations pamphlet - available at businesses where licenses are sold, county clerk offices, and all Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offices.