I hunt in the southeastern part of the state near La Crosse. It is mostly private land around this area, so good luck hunting around there. Buffalo and Treampeleau counties are also mostly private. There is some public land near Tomah and Sparta, and also in the northern part of the state in the Cheqamagan National Forest. If you are interested in doing alot of shooting, around the Madison area and south of there, farmer have to let you hunt due to CWD and crop damage. Here you get paid to shoot deer. Yes, you get paid. Otherwise, private land is hard to come by in my area, but good luck and let me know if you find an area.
[ This Message was edited by: steeplejack on 2003-11-11 14:17 ]
Yeah they have an intensive harvest zone around Madison. This is due to the number of CWD deer that they have found. They want to get rid of ALL the deer in the area, and will pay you to shoot them. I think it is something like $20 for every deer you shoot with CWD. I guess there is quite a few of them and there is unlimited amounts of land to hunt. Every farmer in the area is told they have to permit hunting on their land due to the intensive management, and crop damage. I have heard from friends that it is not suprising to see over 50 deer a night. I don't think that you are allowed to shoot bucks out of the regular season, but i think you can shoot does from mid-october to the end of feb. It is a pretty good deal if you want to put the effort and $ into equiptment. I don't know if you get to keep the deer, but like i said, if you want to shoot deer, this is the place to go. I think the DNR gets to keep the deer for studies or something like that. I would check the WI DNR website for more info...i am just going on what i have heard from a # of friends that hunt down there.
I could see the small band of mule deer picking their way towards me through the sagebrush 800 plus yards away. With my 10 power binoculars I spotted a legal buck bringing up the tail. I dropped down and crouched behind a large chunk of sage just waiting for them to pass within range. Unfortunately, they stopped and began milling around before finally settling down, with a few of them laying down right out in the open. They were not going to come to me; if I wanted any closer, I'd...