Hunters eagerly await the arrival of the annual nine-day gun deer season in Wisconsin, which in 2022 runs from November 19th to the 27th. To help prepare for the hunt, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shares helpful information and resources for a successful outing. Read on for what to expect in the fields and forests this year and for tips on a safe and memorable hunt.
According to Jeff Pritzl, deer program specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources, this year’s numbers should be similar to last year's. He estimates buck harvest should near around 150,000 and total harvest somewhere over 300,000.
This information is provided by the Wisconsin DNR. Download the full 2022 Fall Hunting & Trapping Forecast for more information.
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Quick Tips for a Successful Hunt
Use Go Wild. Wisconsin's online licensing system is a one-stop shop for purchasing deer hunting licenses, selecting antlerless harvest authorizations, checking and submitting CWD testing results, and printing all of your license and permit documents right from home. And it's free!
Keep all the factors in mind. Even with increasing deer populations in many units, hunter success during the gun season can vary based on a wide range of factors. Hunter effort, weather events, rut activity, hunting pressure, and stand site locations in addition to deer numbers can all play influential roles in whether or not individual hunters see and harvest deer.
Don't let deer distribution get you down. Deer are not distributed evenly across the landscape and their movements vary greatly from one day to the next. Some hunters simply have access to better hunting and more deer. While some hunters will see lots of deer, their neighbor may struggle to even see deer for a variety of reasons.
Stay more days. Of course, spending more days hunting means more deer opportunity. But there's been an increasing trend of hunters spending fewer days in the field than in years past. So now's the time to take advantage of staying more than just opening weekend — you'll be glad you did.
Keep hunting after the weekend. Although deer sightings can be fewer after opening weekend, there are still deer to be hunted and the later part of the season can be more relaxing than the high pressure of opening weekend.
Do you know about the Wisconsin Deer Hunt for Hunters With Disabilities program? Thanks to generous landowners willing to sponsor hunters with disabilities on their land, the state has an October Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities season that in 2022 runs from October 1 through the 9th. You can find more information about this season here.
Visit the Department of Natural Resources website for weekly harvest numbers, rules and regulations and more information on planning a successful hunt.