Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites and visiting non-residents eagerly await the arrival of the 2017 nine-day gun deer season, which runs from Nov. 18 to Nov. 26. To help prepare hunters for the 2017 Wisconsin deer hunting season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shares a season forecast, and tips for a successful hunt.
Nearly ten percent of Wisconsin residents take to the field for the annual hunt, along with thousands more who will participate by providing food, hotels and other services.
The information is provided by the Wisconsin DNR. Download the full 2017 Fall Hunting & Trapping Forecast for more information.
What's New in 2017?
Zone, DMU and land type-specific antlerless permits will help more closely manage deer populations on each land type with the hope of enhancing the hunting experience on public land.
E-registration for everyone will provide fast, easy and convenient method for hunters to register their harvest. In-person options also remain available. Find a registration station near you by searching "registration stations" at dnr.wi.gov.
Learn on the Go with Wild Wisconsin
The Wisconsin DNR offers both a podcast and web video series called Wild Wisconsin. Whether you prefer to watch all nine segments at once, catch one or two on the move, or listen to podcasts during your commute, Wild Wisconsin has it all.
Topics range from public land hunting strategies to hunting season forecasts. They are a great way to prepare for a successful hunt this season!
A Few Quick Tips for a Successful Hunt
Even with increasing deer populations in many units, hunter success during the gun season can vary based on a wide range of factors. Hunter effort, weather events, rut activity, hunting pressure, and stand site locations in addition to deer numbers can all play influential roles in whether or not individual hunters see and harvest deer.
Deer are not distributed evenly across the landscape and their movements vary greatly from one day to the next. Some hunters simply have access to better hunting and more deer. While some hunters will see lots of deer, their neighbor may struggle to even see deer for a variety of reasons.
Another step hunters can take to increase their opportunities and enjoy their season is to take advantage of more days in the field. There has been an increasing trend of hunters spending fewer days in the woods than in years past, often hunting just the opening weekend.
Although deer sightings can be fewer after opening weekend, there are still deer to be hunted and the later part of the season can be more relaxing than the high pressure of opening weekend.