- Anticipation is sky high for area deer hunters. Opening Day is Saturday. In our "Northwoods Spotlight," we take a look at how things shaping up heading into the hunt.
Over 500,000 deer hunters are expected to hit the woods in search of a trophy buck. This is the first hunt since Deer Trustie James Kroll released several recommendations for more effective management of the deer population.
DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz says, "Instead of going with a specific quota - a number of deer per square mile, we use more of a comparative statement."
"We no longer have the 'Earn a Buck' season," adds James Jung, DNR Conservation Warden. "We not longer have the early October hunt. The traditional nine-day gun hunt is truely a traditional hunt."
Over 100,000 deer are expected to be collected during the 9-day seaon. That includes 35,800 in the Northwoods. However, the number of hunters is down from last year. As of Tuesday, over 27,000 fewer licenses were sold - compared to over 402,000 at the same time last year.
While hunters may be down, predators appear to be on the rise. During this year's deer hunt, coyote and wolf hunts will also be in progress. With the lack of snow in the Northwoods, Warden Jung advises to take a second look before firing a shot.
This weekend marks the 161st deer hunt in Wisconsin. Officials are hoping some of the changes will lead to many more successful hunting seasons to come.
Written By: Joe Dufek