Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Natural Resources Board set a season structure for the 2012 Wisconsin deer hunting seasons at its meeting Wednesday.
The season structure will build on changes that were implemented in 2011 at the request of hunters and will include a mix of regular and herd control units that will allow the harvest of bucks plus antlerless deer and Chronic Wasting Disease management units.
Regular Season Units:
For 2012, 56 units will be regular season units where hunters can harvest a buck during the archery and gun season.
Hunters will also have an opportunity to purchase a limited number of additional antlerless deer tags at $12 each in 50 of 56 units where permits are available.
Herd Control Units:
The number of herd control units has decreased from 64 in 2011 to 44 in 2012.
The units will have antlerless harvest permits available for $2 each.
CWD Management Zone:
The deer season in CWD management zones will be the same as in 2011.
There will be an October antlerless-only deer gun hunt Oct. 11-14.
Hunters may harvest either a buck or doe as their first deer and if hunters wish to pursue additional deer, they will be able to do so under what is now called, ‘Bonus Buck Opportunity.’
The opportunity replaces the Earn-a-Buck terminology.
The hunter may also qualify by bringing in an antlerless deer with the extra buck at the time of registration.
CWD in Washburn County:
Wildlife managers have confirmed a CWD-positive wild deer in Washburn County in March.
The deer quota in the area has been set to maintain the herd at current population levels for the hunt.
Surrounding areas are aiming to hold deer population at the current levels.
The use of bait for hunting will be banned in Polk, Burnett, Washburn and Barron counties.
Tissue samples from hunter-harvested deer will be collected at registration stations.
Posted to the web by Jenna Vogt