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September 23, 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: Can turkey registration be done by phone and online?

Answer: Yes, the turkey registration may be completed by phone by calling 1-888-HUNT-WIS (1-888-486-8947). The DNR also is allowing online registration. All turkeys harvested must be registered by one of these two methods before 5 p.m. the day after the bird is killed. There is no longer an in-person registration for turkeys.

Question 2: Can I use pegs for a tree stand on public land?

Answer: No, it is illegal to damage trees on DNR-owned and managed lands and the use of screw-in tree stands or steps are considered damaging and are illegal on these properties. For all other public lands, a hunter will need to check with the agency that owns and manages those lands to find out if there are any restrictions in place on those lands.

Question 3: Now that the second archery season will open with the opening day of gun-deer season, do I still have to wear blaze orange to bow hunt, even when I am on private property? My blind on my private property doesn't have to have blaze orange so why would I need to wear blaze orange?

Answer: The blaze orange clothing requirement during the gun deer season for all hunters except waterfowl hunters is a statutory requirement that was created by the legislature many years ago to reduce incidents of hunters being shot accidentally during the gun deer season.

The blaze orange requirement for ground blinds on DNR lands was not created by the Legislature as a statewide law, but is a DNR rule that was put in place by the department for added public safety on DNR lands a few years ago. This rule was requested by the public through the Conservation Congress which originally sought to have this requirement apply to all lands statewide. The question was supported by a vote of 3,138 in favor to 1,611 opposed at the 2006 April Conservation Congress Spring meetings held in each county. The DNR does not have authority to require blaze orange on ground blinds on lands it does not own or manage, which is the reason this rule currently does not currently apply to private lands.

Question 4: I do not own any hunting land. Where can I hunt?

Answer: The State of Wisconsin offers multiple hunting grounds either owned by the DNR or private lands within programs. Here is a link on the DNR website that will list places to hunt and the regulations.

Question 5: Did any rules change for the 2011 hunting seasons?

Answer: Yes, the following rules voted on at the 2011 spring rules hearings have now passed and will be in effect beginning on Nov. 1, 2011. However, this is not the case for the last rule regarding pheasant hunting on DNR lands with a 2 p.m. closure. This will not be in effect this fall, but will be for the 2012 pheasant hunting season.

  • Rifles will be allowed for deer hunting inWaupaca County beginning with the Nov. 19, 2011, regular 9-day firearm deer season. Rifles will not be legal to use for deer hunting this year during the October 8-9 Youth Gun Deer Hunt, but will be legal to use during the 2012 and future Youth Gun Deer Hunts.
  • The archery deer season has been extended by 9 days statewide outside the CWD zone so that it reopens Saturday, November 19, concurrent with the 9-day regular firearm season and closes Jan. 8, 2012. The archey deer season will continue to be closed on the Friday (November 18) before the regular gun deer season.
  • The fall turkey season in zones 1-5 will continue to reopen after the 9-day November firearm deer season (November 28) and run through December 31. This season has been in place on a two-year trial basis, the Natural Resources Board has now made the extended fall turkey season permanent.
  • The six Spring 2012 turkey seasons have also each been extended by two days, and will run from Wednesday - Tuesday, instead of Wednesday - Sunday.
  • Firearm deer hunting will be allowed at Copper Falls State Park during the traditional nine-day and muzzleloader-only seasons.
  • Pheasant hunting will be allowed during normal hunting hours on weekends at stocked properties that in the past had closed at 2 p.m. The 2 p.m. closure for pheasant hunting on these properties will continue to only apply on weekdays through November 3.
Last revised: Friday August 31 2012