By: Joanne M. Haas/WDNR Bureau of Law Enforcement
Wisconsin's hunters took to the woods and fields in great anticipation of harvesting their deer during opening weekend of Wisconsin's 2018 9-day gun-deer season -- and the Wis. Department of Natural Resources' conservation wardens were there, too.
Ready to Go!
Your WDNR conservation wardens wish hunters a safe, successful 9-day gun-deer season just as the Saturday hours open. Warden Ben Mott in Waushara County says a snow dusting along with 29 eye-opening degrees greeted hunters in his service area. Shots echoed not long after opening.
The Big Picture!
Wisconsin's stunning landscape on this wintry opening day, courtesy of Warden Ed McCann of the Mississippi River Warden Team. Wardens remind hunters to be familiar with baiting and feeding regulations in the area you hunt. Go to dnr.wi.gov and search baiting.
Curb Your Enthusiasm, please!
Warden Mike Dieckhoff says he understands the excitement of opening day. But please take time to read a few signs.
Opening Day Buck!
Capt. Mark Burmesch checks lucky hunter Troy Strathmann in Clark County with his opening day buck. Congrats to Troy!
Detour to House Fire!
Warden Matt O'Brien says even during the gun-deer season, wardens prioritize public safety calls in the communities they serve. Wardens from Marinette County arrived first-on-scene to assist local officials with a house fire response by ensuring all occupants were evacuated from the home, and that responding fire crews had a clear path to the structure. And it had a happy ending as the residents were successfully reunited. Thank you to all our partner first responders who serve their communities during this busy weekend!
Step right up!
Warden Pete McCormick reminds all to follow this hunter's lead and leave your deer head at a CWD kiosk for testing. You can find one near you by visiting dnr.wi.gov and search deer. Then look for the CWD sampling locations.
Radio Man gets His Deer, a Lift & a Chat!
Warden Dave Sanda talks with Lodi radio personality Gary Nski in Douglas County. Gary needed some help loading the deer and the wardens obliged. They had to ask: What's with the elk antlers and the deer skull tied to his ATV. "It's just a great conversation piece," he said. Well, he's right!
Get Your Orange On!
Warden Kyle Johnson talks with this hunter on state land about his blind which has barely visible orange flagging. For your safety, you need 144 inches of orange on all sides to be seen and to be safe!
Ready for my closeup!
Taking time to talk with reporters is part of the day for the wardens. Here, Warden Austin Schumacher talks with a Wausau reporter about the day's events.
Warden Pete McCormick found a hunter having some fun by taking the phone registration literally.
A Family Affair!
Father and son, Tim and Jason Zell, 9, enjoy a post-morning breakfast at the tailgate for Jason's first deer hunt with his dad. Warden John Schreiber came upon the happy crew at a public hunting land in Green Lake County.
Chilling in a chill!
Warden Heather Gottschalk shares her picture of a frosty Sunday morning patrol at the Rat River Wildlife Area in Winnebago County. Chief Warden Todd Schaller caught the close of hunting hours Saturday with a chilling look over the Chippewa River in Pepin County,
K9 Grizzly calls for time check!
Grizzly, Warden Ben Mott's very smart Toller, reminds all to check the opening and closing times for the area you hunt. Safety is knowing your target and beyond. Hope opening weekend was fun and safe for all, plenty of hunting opportunity remains. Good luck and stay safe out there.
Anyone with information regarding natural resource violations may confidentially report by calling or texting: VIOLATION HOTLINE: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained staff relay report information to conservation wardens.