Wisconsin’s gun deer hunting season begins Saturday

Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 6:48 PM CST
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Wisconsin’s annual nine day gun deer hunting season started Saturday. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, more Wisconsinites are hunting in 2020.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Management Program Director Eric Lobner said as of Monday, license sales were up 6 percent compared to the Monday before the start of the 2019 season.

“Definitely there’s been an interest in people getting out and enjoying whether it’s that whole mental balance of just needing to get away or this other desire of, you know, they have a little more time on their hands or maybe they need or they want the additional protein source,” Lobner said.

He said the increase in hunters isn’t surprising. It’s typical during an economic downturn.

“I would say it has partially to do with people having more time. Whether they’re underemployed or unemployed, they do have some more opportunities there. I also think there is this driver to put meat on their table. Rather than sitting in the line at the grocery store, it can be very economical to go out and hunt,” Lobner said.

Before hunters eat their meat, they should get it tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

“Get any adult deer tested and then just hold onto the meet and debone it or if you’re taking it to a meat processer, the meat processer will hold it until that test result comes back,” Lobner said.

Hunters can go the DNR’s website for more information on CWD testing.

Lobner also recommends people hunt closer to home and avoid hunting camps to try to prevent potentially spreading COVID-19.

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