Special Deer Hunt at Sandhill Wildlife Area

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Two weekend deer hunts will be conducted by special permit this year at Sandhill Wildlife Area near Babcock.

Both hunts will be two-day events and each will be for antlerless deer. The hunts will be on Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-16. The hunts are conducted by the Department of Natural Resources to reduce the deer herd within the 9,150-acre wildlife area, located about 20 miles west of Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County.

To enroll in the hunt(s), individuals must send in their name, address, customer ID number, daytime phone number and email address (if available) to Sandhill Wildlife Area.

Hunters will need to indicate whether they want to hunt Week A (Nov. 8-9), Week B (Nov. 15-16) or both weekends (Nov. 8-9 and 15-16). Each participating hunter will receive two bonus antlerless permits valid only within Sandhill for the weekend indicated on the permit. Hunters with valid permits for both weekends may be allowed to use their unfilled fist weekend permits during the second weekend hunt.

All hunters are required to attend a one-hour clinic on Oct. 25 or 26 at the Sandhill Outdoor Skill Center located on the wildlife area. Clinic fees are $20 for adults and $10 for youths 15 and under.

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis by either mail or walk-in (M-F 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.). No telephone or e-mail registration will be accepted. Two hundred applicants will be allowed to hunt each weekend. Only individuals with valid permits for the indicated weekend hunt will be allowed to enter during the hunts.

Applicants for the hunt can mail their registration information and clinic payment to: Antlerless Hunt, Sandhill Wildlife Area, PO Box 156, Babcock, WI. 54413. Payment for clinic fees should be made payable to Wisconsin DNR. Checks received after the Sept. 12 deadline will be returned.

Successful applicants enrolled will receive an email or letter of notification with the time and date of their assigned clinic. Once times of clinics are assigned there will be no changes will be made. Participants will be issued their bonus permits free of charge at end of their clinic.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandhill Wildlife Area office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – (715) 884-2437