Hunting Season Approaching Submitted: 08/24/2014

Nolan Blair

RHINELANDER - Multiple hunting seasons will soon begin in the state of Wisconsin.
There are new changes in both regulations and ways of hunting this year.
Today I spoke with Roger Sabota, the vice chairman of the Oneida County conservation congress to learn more.

"First of all, after a lot of pleading by the deer and elk committee and the Oneida country representatives, there are no antlerless permits available this year," Sabota said.

Sabota says this policy should help the dwindling deer population.

"As you may or may not know, our deer population has really shrunk. That is probably a result of predators. It's my opinion that we have overharvested and it's time to rebuild that heard."

Young deer play important roles. Sabota says keeping them alive is vital to restoring the deer population.

"Every time you kill a doe, you possibly kill three deer because does are caring for their young real often. Encourage people to look at the smaller deer and let them go. For example, spikes. Don't shoot spikes."

Crossbows will add a new factor to hunting this year.
"It used to be that you had to be 65 years of age or have a disability as certified by a medical doctor. That's gone," Sabota said, referring to the old rules for crossbow licenses. "So anybody who buys a deer tag and is a cross row tag can use a crossbow."

Of course, the start of hunting season helps draw people to the Northwoods.
"Tremendously important. You get up around Boulder Junction, Woodruff, up further north. Beginning of grouse season, there are people all over," Sabota said.

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