Gun deer season keeps wardens busy Submitted: 11/17/2018

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NORTHWOODS - Hundreds of people in Wisconsin started their morning a little earlier Saturday.

Hunters in neon orange filled the Northwoods for the first day of the gun deer season.

That means the state conservation wardens will be putting in some extra hours for the next 9 days.

Warden Supervisor Dave Walz started monitoring at five Saturday morning.

Walz said the biggest violation this season has been baiting and feeding the deer.

This can cause the spread of the chronic waste disease.

He did have to give out some tickets but said no accidents had been reported.

"We started out this morning working five bating complaints from other hunters so we ended up working those and then one feeding complaint," Walz said. "That's mostly all we've dealt with today."

Wardens try and double up on opening day to make sure all complaints are handled correctly.

The DNR wants hunters to know the wardens aren't trying to spoil the fun but they will be on the lookout for any illegal activity.

"The safety rules, you know making sure people don't have loaded fire arms in their vehicle, making sure they aren't shooting across or from the roadways," Walz said. "You know use common sense, use the buddy 
system and carry a cellphone with you so if something does happen you can get in contact with somebody."

Walz said to remind hunters to properly dispose of carcasses, they have to be bagged and taken to a landfill.

The gun deer season runs through November 25th. For more information and guidelines, click the link below.  

Story By: Mazie Vincent

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