Upcoming four-day antlerless and holiday hunts give hunters an additional opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

MADISON – All deer hunters with a valid antlerless tag for the county and land type they are hunting are encouraged to take advantage of additional opportunities to hunt deer in December and January.

A four-day antlerless-only hunt will take place statewide Dec. 8-11. Hunters may fill any unused antlerless tag while hunting in the proper deer management zone, unit and land type specified on the tag.

Additional opportunities may be available for U.S. Armed Forces members and Class A and C disability permit holders.

The antlerless-only holiday hunt will be offered in just 13 counties Dec. 24 to Jan. 1, 2017. Any legal firearm, crossbow or archery equipment may be used during these hunts. Again, hunters may fill any unused antlerless tags in their proper deer management zone, county and land type. Any unit where the holiday hunt is not offered will be open for archery and crossbow hunting, and bucks may be taken.

As a reminder, the archery and crossbow season will remain open through Jan. 8, 2017 statewide. The gun deer season will remain open through Dec. 7 in metro sub-units, while archery hunting in these areas is open through Jan. 31. All hunters except waterfowl hunters are required to wear blaze orange clothing during any open firearm deer hunt.

For more information regarding which hunts may be offered in each county, check out the interactive deer map on the Department of Natural Resources website by searching keyword “DMU.”

Hunters asked to participate in online Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey

The Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey will remain active until all deer seasons have ended, and wildlife managers ask that hunters submit a report of what they saw during their time in the field. This information will provide valuable data used to improve population estimates for Wisconsin’s deer herd and other species.

For additional information, search keywords “deer hunter wildlife.”