New hunting regulation starts in OctoberSubmitted: 09/17/2018
Angela Kim
Angela Kim

New hunting regulation starts in October
RHINELANDER - Hunters may need to change their habits starting Oct. 1.

Gov. Walker recently signed a new rule that stops hunters from moving a deer from a CWD-affected county before getting it quartered or de-boned.

The goal is to slow the spread of CWD, or chronic wasting disease, in deer. Oneida and Lincoln counties both had their first cases in a wild deer in the last year. 

Mel's Trading Post owner Mitch Mode says Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources has been discussing a solution for months.

"Assuming someone from Milwaukee kills a deer in Oneida County, [then] they cannot legally transport that deer home," said Mode. "Unless it is to a taxidermist or a butcher shop."

A local DNR warden said the rule change will be effective.

However others, such longtime hunter Lee Bastian, think this will only cause problems.

"This is a tough situation," said Bastian. "CWD is not a good thing. I just think it's tough to enforce. And I think it's going to be tough for guys to abide by [this new rule]."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports lawmakers might try to reverse the rule in October.

Mode says some hunters don't even know about the rule taking effect.

The gun deer hunt season starts Nov. 17.

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