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Feeding Deer Still Banned in Most Counties
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/19/2019

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants to remind hunters throughout the state that deer baiting and feeding is prohibited in 52 counties. The DNR says deer baiting and feeding bans are implemented as a tool to limit the spread of disease.

"In order to protect the state's natural resources - in this case, our whitetail deer population - it is important to know and to follow the baiting and feeding bans in the county you hunt or where you live and enjoy watching wildlife," DNR Chief Warden Todd Schaller said. "Baiting and feeding encourages deer to congregate, and have direct contact, thereby increasing the chances of spreading diseases within the herd."

Starting in 2019, new baiting and feeding bans are in place for Green Lake, Kenosha, Waushara, Wood, Racine, Burnett, Barron, Polk and Washburn counties. Additional restrictions may be added if new detections of CWD or bovine tuberculosis occur in captive or free-roaming deer. All current county-level baiting and feeding bans will remain in effect throughout the 2019 deer hunting season.

The 2019 archery and crossbow deer seasons began in September, followed by a few special seasons for the physically challenged and youth. The nine-day gun deer season starts November 23 and runs through December 1, followed by the muzzleloader and antlerless hunts.

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