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December 27, 2011

Here are answers to some of the recent most frequently asked law enforcement questions taken this week by the DNR Call Center.
The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463.

Question 1: I am a coyote hunter in the CWD area. Can I night hunt right now?

Answer: (pgs. 11 & pg 15 small game) Yes, coyote (and other unprotected species) may be hunted without hours restrictions except during the bear and bow deer seasons. These hunting hours would only apply to those hunting coyotes with a bow.

Question 2: Am I required to wear blaze orange if I am coyote hunting in the CWD area during the Holiday Hunt?

Answer: (pg. 22 deer) Yes, in any area of the state where there is a firearm deer season open, no person may hunt any game (except waterfowl) unless 50% of the person's outer clothing above the waist is colored blaze orange.

Question 3: What are the season dates for the Holiday Hunt? And, what area is this deer season open for?

Answer: (pg. 9 deer) The Holiday Hunt is only open in the CWD deer management units and it is open for gun and archery. The season begins on Saturday, December 24 and will close on Sunday, January 8.

Question 4: Can animals (deer, ducks, rabbits etc) be hunted from horse back?

Answer: Yes, provided that it is legal to ride a horse on the land being hunted. Horses are not allowed on most lands open to public hunting. A horse is not considered a vehicle. Therefore, the restrictions regarding possessing loaded firearms and discharging a firearm or bow from a vehicle do not apply to a person on horse back. It would, however, not be legal to possess a loaded firearm inside a carriage or buggy being drawn by a horse, or to shoot from a carriage, buggy or other device being drawn by a horse, because the carriage, buggy, cart or other towable device is considered a vehicle.

Question 5: What are the CWD landowner hunt clarifications?

Answer: Similar to last year, the CWD landowner deer hunt by permit will again be allowed this winter. Information about this hunting opportunity can be found on page 40 of the 2011 Deer Hunting Regulations pamphlet, as well as the separate CWD Management Zone Landowner Permit publication WM-453-2011 available at the following link: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/whealth/issues/cwd/doc/lo_permit.pdf

Here is a summary of some of the information provided in this publication.

CWD Management Zone Landowner Permit

  • Landowners owning 5 or more contiguous acres in the CWD-MZ may hunt with a landowner permit during the landowner season on their property.
  • Permits became available at any DNR license vendor on December 1, and will be valid beginning January 9, 2012, and will expire on March 31, 2012.
  • Hunters other than the landowner may also hunt on these properties with the purchase of the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) hunter permit which is signed by the landowner who has first obtained a CWD landowner permit.
  • Both landowner and hunter permits can be purchased for $2 at any license sales location as of December 1, 2011.
  • All deer harvested under these permits must be tagged with a CWD deer carcass tag and registered at a DNR authorized deer registration station in the CWD zone.
  • Rifles legal for hunting deer may be used by landowners and participants that have been authorized by the landowner.
  • The CWD Landowner or SCD Hunter back tag must be displayed while hunting deer under this permit.
  • Blaze orange clothing requirements for hunting deer apply to both firearm and archery deer hunters hunting deer under these CWD permits.
  • Hunters hunting other species of wild game are not required to wear blaze orange during the period from January 9 through March 31, as this is not considered a deer hunting season.
  • Group hunting rules apply (see page 23 of the 2011 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations).
  • All hunters must meet the normal hunter safety and hunting age requirements obtain a CWD Landowner or Hunter permit and participate in this hunt.
  • Mentored hunters at least 10 years old may participate as authorized by ss. 29.592.
  • Normal shooting hours apply and are listed in the 2011 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations (pages 52 - 53).
  • Deer of either sex may be harvested during this period. Earn-a-buck regulations are not in effect. Buck stickers will be issued for each antlerless deer registered during this period.
  • Albino and white deer may be harvested and possessed in the CWD-MZ under the authority of a CWD-MZ Landowner Permit.
Last revised: Friday August 31 2012