Archery & Crossbow Deer Seasons Open on September 16
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/12/2018
The 2018 archery and crossbow deer seasons will run concurrently statewide this year from September 15 to January 6. The season has also been extended to January 31, 2019 in metro sub-units and some counties offering the antlerless-only holiday hunt.
"Deer numbers continue to look good across the state," said Kevin Wallenfang, a deer and elk ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "The central and southern farmland zones are expected to have excellent deer numbers in most areas.
Portions of the forested zones experienced their first moderate winter after a string of mild winters. Although there was a heavy late winter snow storm in much of the north, a lush spring green up and reports of good fawn production are showing the population is
stable and increasing in many areas. All reports indicate a fun and exciting upcoming season."
Last year, archery and crossbow hunters combined for one of the highest buck harvests in history.
Throughout the remainder of the state, antlerless hunting opportunities are available using Farmland (Zone 2) and bonus antlerless deer harvest authorizations.