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October 25, 2011

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: this news release has been updated with additional information on how to view Deer Hunt 2011.]

MADISON - Deer Hunt 2011, hosted by Public Television's Dan Small is set to air on public television on November 3 and 5 and on the Fox Sports Network on November 10 and 12.

This year's show will be packed with interesting deer hunting features. Some examples include: efforts to recruit new hunters and retain old hunters with a drop in on a youth deer hunt; current deer research focused on answering Wisconsin hunters' questions about populations and predators; a new deer hunter outreach effort called Hunt, Harvest, Help; deer season forecasts; hunter safety tips; new rules and regulations; and a fireplace conversation on hunting traditions and values.

How to view Deer Hunt 2011

The Deer Hunt 2011 TV special with Dan Small will be carried by Wisconsin Public Television and Milwaukee Public Television and Fox Sports Wisconsin and Fox Sports North.

Broadcast dates and times:

Please note that Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) now broadcasts on three different channels.

Wisconsin Public Television, which includes stations WHA - Madison; WPNE - Green Bay; WHRM - Wausau; WHLA - La Crosse; WHWC - Menomonie/Eau Claire; and WLEF - Park Falls will carry the show on one of the newer channels which they've named, the "Wisconsin Channel."

The Wisconsin Channel is one of the newer digital channels and not all cable and satellite TV providers offer it.

There are several ways to be sure you see this great show:

Public television will also streamline the show online at the same time it is broadcast on the Wisconsin Channel, so it can be watched on a computer.

Additional viewing options

"The annual outbreak of buck fever is spreading rapidly across Wisconsin as the rut and November gun deer season fast approach," said Tom Hauge, DNR's wildlife program director. "Deer Hunt 2011 is a fantastic way to kick off the fall hunt and keep your fever under control."

Host Dan Small will be joined by DNR wildlife biologists and conservation wardens who will share updates and important information hunters should review before they head to the woods for the November deer hunt.

"This is the 20th season for our annual Deer Hunt Special," Small said. "This year we've decided to broaden our reach to include the Fox Sports Network in an effort to reach even more hunters in Wisconsin and also those in Minnesota, the Dakotas and northern Iowa. Wisconsin offers some of the best deer hunting in the U.S., and we hope to help convey that message to our viewers."

Highlights of the show also will include advice on sighting in a rifle, gear and strategy tips to help hunters improve their chances of success, a look at a hunter recruitment program for college students at UW-Madison and an interview with DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp

Deer researchers will share first year data collected from radio-collared adult deer and fawns on causes of death from predators to vehicles to environmental stresses and how hunters can help by getting involved.

DNR customer service lines will be open during the broadcast and are just a toll-free phone call away nearly every other day of the year. DNR operates its toll-free information line 1-888-WDNR-INFo (936-7463) 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, year round, including right through the hunting seasons when operators have taken calls from hunters sitting on their deer stands on opening morning. The call center is closed only Christmas Eve and Christmas day and New Year's Eve and New Years day.

"I hope you'll join Dan and the rest of the crew in this annual salute to one of our most hallowed traditions, the November deer hunt," Hauge said. "It's part of who we are in Wisconsin and I wish all hunters good luck and safe hunting."

Deer Hunt 2011 is sponsored by: Milford Hills Hunt Club; Safari Club International - Wisconsin Chapter; Whitetails Unlimited; Lightfield Ammunition; Rosen Nissan of Milwaukee; Wisconsin Safes; Legendary Whitetails, The Outdoor Heritage Education Center, TenPoint Crossbows, Fuel Powersports of West Bend and the Department of Natural Resources.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Manwell - (608) 264-9248

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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