MADISON - The Holiday Hunt will give hunters in the Southern Farmland Zone an opportunity to hunt antlerless deer from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1, 2015.
This is the first year antlered bucks may not be harvested during the Holiday Hunt - this includes archery and crossbow hunters. However, any unfilled antlerless tag valid for this zone may be filled. All hunters, with the exception of those pursuing waterfowl, must wear blaze orange during this hunt.
The archery season continues statewide until Jan. 4, 2015, while the archery deer season for metro sub-units continues through Jan. 31.
For a map of deer management zones http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/wm/WM0431.pdf in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov, search keyword "deer," and select the Deer Management Zones option from the "Maps" list.
And, be sure to check out this year's Deer Tales video and see what some hunters had to say about this year's nine-day gun deer hunt.
The department has provided a number of useful resources - all hunters are encouraged to review the 2014 deer hunting regulations http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/documents/dmz.pdf and FAQs, available at keyword "deer."
To ask specific questions before or during the hunt, hunters can also contact the DNR Call Center toll-free at 1-888-936-7463. Call center staff are on hand seven days per week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Spanish- and Hmong-speaking representatives are also available.
December County Deer Advisory Council meetings are currently underway, and provide an opportunity to give feedback regarding each county's deer population objectives before recommendations are advanced to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. To view a meeting schedule, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "CDAC."
To view a meeting schedule and other informational materials, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "CDAC."