DNR warns hunters of unsafe lands after warm start to month

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: November 20, 2020 09:12 PM
Created: November 20, 2020 02:07 PM

Firearms deer season opens in Wisconsin this Saturday. Conditions are predicted to be seasonable, with lower temperatures expected across the region. 

However, a warm start to the month could make some hunting lands unsafe.

"The ground was not frozen before the snowfall that just came, and we got somewhere in that six to eight inch category across Brule and up through Northern Bayfield counties," said Greg Kessler, a wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin DNR. "So the swamps are not going to be frozen ponds, and lakes are not going to be frozen, so hunters should be cautious of that."

Kessler suggested packing an extra pair of wool socks for wet hunting lands.

This opener is late again like last year, but he thinks hunters will be pleasntly surprised with the harvest.

"Certainly all indications [look good] so far this fall, based on talking to processors and looking at our archery deer harvest. We are trending well above the last year's harvest, [and we] expect that to carry through the gun deer season," said Kessler.


Alicia Tipcke

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