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October 2, 2012

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters that the October four-day deer gun hunt has been suspended in the state's south central Chronic Wasting Disease zone.

The elimination of the four-day October hunt is one of the recommendations in the Deer Trustee report. The suspension restores the traditional nine-day season in the disease zone and aims to reduce the negative impacts an early doe harvest may have on deer behavior, reducing the buck harvest during the gun season, according to James Kroll, who authored the report.

The Chronic Wasting Disease zone includes all or parts of Columbia, Sauk, Vernon, Richland, Crawford, Grant, Lafayette, Iowa, Green, Dane, Rock, Jefferson, Dodge, Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties.

For more information on deer hunting, regulations and zone maps, please visit and search "deer." Kroll's deer report can be found on the Department of Administration website,, and search "Kroll" at the bottom of the page.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Pelej, DNR public affairs manager, 608-264-9248 or Bill Cosh, DNR Spokesperson, 608-267-2773

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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