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Hunters get ready for gun deer-hunt; few changes this year

An albino deer that escaped from a game farm in Winnebago County was recently shot with state approval, because it was an escaped captive deer. Wild albino deer are protected species in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin hunters are gearing up for the Nov. 21 opening of the regular nine-day gun deer season.

Some important changes for this year's hunt include:

  • Most of the north and central forest region deer management units are designated as Regular Deer Management Units in 2009, so the free antlerless tags valid in Herd Control Units are not valid in these regular units. Hunters wishing to harvest an antlerless deer in these units must purchase a unit-specific antlerless deer carcass tag ($12 for residents, $20 for nonresidents).
  • Unit-specific antlerless deer carcass tags are limited in number. There are no antlerless tags available in 13 northeastern Wisconsin units and some units with low numbers of tags have already sold out. Check the regulations and be sure you know the rules for your unit and have the right tags.
  • The free antlerless deer carcass tag that comes with a gun deer license is good only in herd control units.
  • Only CWD Management Zone units will have Earn-A-Buck in 2009.
  • The venison pantry program is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A list of participating processors is available on the Deer Donation page of the DNR Web site.

Safety should always be the number one priority as hunters head to the woods. Research shows that every firearms-related incident is a violation of one or more of the four basic rules of firearm safety.

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded
  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it
  • Keep your finger out of the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.