2003 Deer Hunting Regulations Available

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The 2003 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations are now available over the Internet on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Web site. Printed paper copies of the regulations are expected to be available in the week of Aug. 18.

“In the past, the deer season regulations were published together with the small game and general hunting regulations,” said Kurt Thiede, regulations and outreach specialist in the DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management.

“Most of the deer hunting regulations in the Chronic Wasting Disease management zones weren’t finalized by the time we needed to go to press with the small game regulations. It seemed to make sense to get all the deer regulations into one publication rather than have statewide deer regulations in one publication and CWD regulations in another.”

Gun hunting in the chronic wasting disease Intensive Harvest Zone (IHZ) opens on Oct. 30 and runs through Jan. 3. A map of the disease management zones is also available on-line. Earn a buck rules will be in effect in 2003 for the IHZ and the Herd Reduction Zone (HRZ).

The small game and general hunting regulations are also available on the DNR Web site and printed copies are available at DNR service centers and license outlets. Separate regulations pamphlets for bear, Canada goose, turkey, waterfowl, pheasant and trapping will continue to be published as in past years.