Deer hunting

WISCONSIN — Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 21, and will run through Nov. 29.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, here is everything you need to know to be prepared.

Before the hunt

• Explore the public land directory to find your perfect place to hunt in the seven million acres of Wisconsin.

• Contact private landowners to confirm permission before accessing a property if necessary.

• Antlerless harvest authorizations are specific to land type and deer management unit. Plan in advance or check on authorization availability to purchase antlerless authorizations for your hunting location.

• Have a plan in place to get your deer testing for Chronic Wasting Disease and know how to dispose of the carcass.

• Practice your long-range accuracy early on so you can hit the mark when it matters most.

During the hunt

• Stay legal in the field by confirming hunting hours and regulations.

• Follow the basic rules of firearm safety by treating every firearm as if it is loaded, always pointing the muzzle in a safe direction, being certain of your target and what’s beyond it and keeping your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.

• Watch Wisconsin's harvest count for real-time updates of thousands of deer hunters throughout the state.

• Follow COVID-19 guidelines and maintain social distancing.

After the hunt

• Register your deer by 5 p.m. the day after harvest by calling 1-844-426-3734 or via the GameRegHarvest Report.

• Properly dispose of deer carcasses at proper sites that are designed for deer carcass waste.

• Consider donating your harvest to community members in need if your freezer is full.

• Commemorate your first deer by requesting a free First Harvest or First Experience certificate here.

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