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Contact(s): Jon King, hunter education administrator 608-575-2294; Joanne M. Haas, Office of Communication law enforcement public affairs manager, 608-209-8147
August 30, 2016

MADISON - The Wisconsin archery and crossbow deer seasons run concurrently statewide from Sept. 17 to Jan. 8, 2017, and a few quick safety tips will help ensure another safe year in the field.

The four basic rules of firearm safety (TABK) also apply to crossbow use and hunting.

Treestand fall is the leading cause of injuries to archery hunters

Jon King , DNR hunter education administrative warden, says if a tree stand is part of your hunting tradition, it's best to review key safety tips.

"A treestand fall is the leading cause of injuries to archery hunters," King said.

To reduce chances of taking a treestand fall while archery hunting, King advises these two top tips:

For more information search the DNR website,, for "Tree Stand Safety."

Here are a few more things Hunter Education Administrative Warden Jon King urges people to remember if they plan to hunt with a crossbow this year:

During open firearm seasons, a gun deer license will authorize bow and crossbow use. Crossbow and archer licenses include one statewide buck tag and up to three Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tags, depending on the Deer Management Unit of choice. It is important to remember hunters purchasing a traditional bow (archer) and a crossbow license will receive only one set of tags.

In addition, tree stands and ground blinds used on DNR-managed lands must be removed daily. For other types of property such as county or federally owned lands, contact the property manager to learn about these rules.

For more information, check out the 2016 Deer Hunting Regulations, or visit and search keyword "deer."

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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