MADISON, WI -- Representative Chanz Green (R-Grand View) and Senator Romaine Robert Quinn (R-Cameron) introduced legislation earlier today to regulate deer hunting in Northern Wisconsin.
“Deer hunting has been a tradition for generations in Northern Wisconsin. But those traditions have been thrown by the wayside because the population of deer has been decreasing for years,” said Rep. Green. “We want future generations to enjoy the tradition of hunting in Northern Wisconsin, and this bill is a good start to making that happen.”
“This past month, we have heard from hundreds of constituents at multiple listening sessions about the poor deer season this year,” said Sen. Quinn. “Although there are many issues we will continue to debate within the hunting community, there is a clear consensus that we must act now to save and improve our deer herd, and this bill is a critical first step.”
The bill does the following things:
First, this bill would prohibit the DNR from establishing a hunting season on antlerless deer in the Northern Forest Zone.
Second, this bill would prohibit the DNR from issuing more than two antlered tags per person in the Northern Forest Zone, meaning you only get one tag for a muzzle-loading firearm or a regular firearm. Then, you only get one tag for bow and arrow or crossbow.
Lastly, these restrictions would last four years, so after those four years, the DNR can assess the population of deer in the Northern Forest Zone.