Contact(s): Paul Sandgren, Superintendent Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit (414) 594-6200
EAGLE - The Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the recently opened Walworth County portion of the Rainbow Springs parcel will have extended firearm deer hunting seasons in 2008. Trail users, outdoor enthusiasts and other forest visitors that spend time in the woods are urged to be aware of the hunting seasons and areas open to hunting.
Deer hunters are required by law to wear blaze orange clothing for safety reasons. DNR recommends that non-hunters planning recreational activities in the forest also wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing to increase their visibility while firearm deer hunting seasons are in progress. Blaze orange vests are available for purchase at the forest headquarters from the Friends of the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit.
The gun deer hunting seasons for 2008 include:
The extended seasons will encompass the entire Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest including the popular John Muir, Scuppernong, Nordic, Ice Age and Horse Trail systems. Campgrounds, picnic areas and other specific use areas are closed to hunting. The Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is not open to firearms hunting.
"Historically all of these areas have been open for hunting during the traditional 9-day firearm deer season that spans the week of Thanksgiving," according to Paul Sandgren, Superintendent for the Kettle Moraine. "There are additional deer hunting seasons this year. It's just smart to make yourself visible to other users," Sandren said.
Because deer within the Southern Unit have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the entire forest is part of a CWD Management Zone. In an effort to reduce the spread of the disease, the density of the deer herd within the CWD Management Zone will be reduced. CWD is lethal to deer and believed to be spread through contact between diseased and healthy animals.
Additional information may be obtained by calling the forest headquarters at (262) 594-6200 or the DNR Service Center in Waukesha (262) 574-2100.