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October 17, 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: How far away from a dwelling do you have to be when you are bow hunting?

Answer: There is no set minimum distance from a dwelling devoted to human occupancy for bow hunting or shooting a bow. However, some cities and villages do have local ordinances that do not allow shooting a bow within the city or village limits. You should always check for local ordinances. There is a distance restriction for any hunters using firearms who must be at least 100 yards away from any dwelling devoted to human occupancy when shooting a firearm on lands that they do not own. This 100-yard restriction does not apply to a landowner who is shooting a firearm on their own land, even if there is a dwelling within 100 yards on an adjacent property. Anyone shooting a firearm on lands that they do not own must have permission to do so from the landowner as well as the owner of any dwelling they are shooting within 100 yards of -- including dwellings on other adjacent properties.

Question 2: Now that archery season is open during the gun deer season, can we fill our archery tags with a gun?

Answer: No. A deer tag that says "Archery Buck Deer Carcass Tag" or "Archery Antlerless Deer Carcass Tag" can only be used to tag a deer that was killed with archery equipment by the person the tag was issued to. Any tag that says "Gun Buck Deer Carcass Tag" may only be used to tag a buck killed with a firearm (group hunting rules apply to gun deer hunting). Tags that you were issued with either your gun or archery deer hunting license which only state "Antlerless Deer Carcass Tag" on them, and do not mention gun or archery, are not weapon specific tags. These antlerless tags may be filled with either a firearm or archery equipment, provided you have the appropriate license for the weapon you are hunting with. Weapon-specific tags may only be filled with the type of weapon listed on the tag.

Last revised: Friday August 31 2012