DNR highlights changes to hunting season

DNR highlights changes to hunting season

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources is outlining new changes you might notice during hunting seasons this year.

Several of those changes are a direct result of a years-long evaluation that Gov. Scott Walker spearheaded back in 2011. That report made more than 60 recommendations to help make Wisconsin’s hunting rules simpler and improve the season overall, and DNR directors say this year is the first time they will be implemented.

One major change is the number of deer management sites, down from 135 to 76 – meaning most hunters can assume their site is simply the county they’re in.

“The reason that’s important is you need to know that when you register a deer, and it’s also very important because you need to know that to use the permits you might have,” says Kevin Wallenfang, big game ecologist for the DNR.  “People need to know exactly where they are in where they’re hunting.”

Another big change won’t come until next year – online registration. The move will virtually eliminate the need for in-person registration sites, though some locations may continue to stay open, Wallenfang said.

A full listing of the 2014 changes to all of Wisconsin’s hunting seasons can be found online.