What to know ahead of Saturday’s Wisconsin firearms deer opener
Wisconsin’s nine-day firearms deer season opens this Saturday.
The lack of snow can effect deer visibility, leading DNR Deer Program Specialist Jeff Pritzl to believe harvest numbers may come in a little bit behind last year. Last year 203,295 deer were registered.
It’s anticipated to be a dry weekend with temps in the 40s mid-day.
The Wisconsin DNR recommends hunter to go into the woods with a safety plan: wear harnesses in tree stands, always point your muzzle in a safe direction, and know your target.
With growing elk populations in Wisconsin the DNR also reminds hunters to brush up on the differences between elk and deer, so they don’t accidentally take an elk. Elk have black legs and a dark furry neck, a short tail, and stand one to two feet taller than a white-tailed deer.
Don’t forget, you have until 5 p.m. the day after you recover a deer to register it. Also, take note of CWD regulations for 2023.