La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – Hunters getting ready to head out for gun deer season on November 17 need to make sure they know the new rules in place.
There is no baiting or feeding allowed in any of the counties affected by chronic wasting disease. The goals is to stop or at least slow the spread of the disease across the state.
Officials with DNR also encourage hunters to give samples of the deer they harvest for testing of the disease as there still isn’t much known about CWD.
“With that the more, the more research we get with where it’s at, how fast it’s spreading and things like that, that will help us out when we do find something that hopefully we can curtail this disease with,” Wildlife Biologist Ron Lichte said.
The good news is they expect a large population of deer for hunters to get their fill. As each hunting season brings out first timers, Lichte encourages them to go with someone experienced.
“Grab as much knowledge as you can from them. Enjoy it. We go hunting for a lot of different reasons. The tradition in Wisconsin is very strong so enjoy it and be safe,” he added.
Hunters also can only shoot white tail deer. Do not shoot any elk or red deer and if you see any of them, contact your local wildlife biologist.