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Archery, Crossbow Hunting Seasons Begin September 12
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/02/2015

Next week marks the opening of the 2015 archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons. These seasons will run concurrently statewide from September 12 through January 3, 2016.

"We're expecting a good year in the field," said DNR Game Ecologist Kevin Wallenfang. "I've heard quite a few reports of does with triplets in the farmland areas, and many northern folks I've talked to say their deer sightings have increased compared to the past few years."

In its second year, the crossbow season will continue to provide an additional hunting opportunity for many hunters throughout Wisconsin. Those interested in using both a conventional bow and crossbow may do so by paying full price for one of the licenses and purchasing a $3 upgrade for the second license. Hunters will use the same buck tag and antlerless tags issued with their first license of choice.

Archery and crossbow deer hunters will again be allowed to hunt during the regular nine-day gun deer hunt in November, and will have the opportunity to fill a gun deer license tag using crossbow or archery equipment.

According to Wallenfang, deer numbers vary significantly both locally and across the state. A mild winter in 2014-15 seems to have boded well for fawn recruitment, and antler development appears to be very good in most areas. Hunters in 12 predominantly forested counties will see buck-only hunting again this year as part of continued efforts to rebuild the deer herd in these areas.

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