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DNR Pushes Hunters to Purge PigsSubmitted: 11/20/2019
DNR Pushes Hunters to Purge Pigs
Cooper Henckel
Cooper Henckel
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MADISON - The DNR hopes hunters after bucks will bag a feral pig or two as well.

The state's traditional nine-day gun deer season begins Saturday and runs through Dec. 1..The Department of Natural Resources wants hunters to look for feral pigs and kill them whenever possible. Feral pigs are unprotected wild animals and may be hunted year-round with no bag limits.

DNR officials say any hunter who spots a feral pig or kills one should report it to the agency through its website.

Feral pigs are extremely destructive. They root up the ground in search of food and are efficient predators, preying on fawns, grouse, woodcock, turkeys and songbirds. They've also been known to carry several diseases dangerous to humans, including swine brucellosis, pseudorabies and leptospirosis.

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Having a boater safety license is required for anyone born after January 1st, 1989.

Then, an hour after the Boater Safety courses wrap up, the sheriff's department is also sponsoring an ATV/UTV safety course.

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The class is held on July 23 and 24 from two p.m. until six p.m.

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And if you were born after January 1st, 1988, you must complete the safety certification course to ride on public trails and areas in Wisconsin.

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Anyone born after January 1st, 1973 must have Hunter Safety to hunt in the Badger state.

Whether it's the hunters safety course, boater's safety course or ATV/UTV safety course.

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You must register in advance for any course you choose to take.

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