Milwaukee, Wis. – Deer hunters are reminded that regulations will change in the chronic wasting Disease Eradication Zone (DEZ) after the close of the regular gun and bow seasons on Jan. 3, 2005.

Beginning Jan. 4, only DEZ landowners or persons hunting under the authority of a landowner permit can hunt in the DEZ. Landowner permits are valid for bow hunting and gun hunting through March 31.

“These permits are only available to persons owning land in a DEZ. Landowners in the Herd Reduction Zone are not eligible for these permits. Hunters must still meet the legal, age and hunter safety requirements for obtaining a hunting license in Wisconsin,” noted wildlife supervisor Tami Ryan. She added the reminder that all deer hunters are required to wear blaze orange.

The DEZ landowner and hunter permits are only available through license vendors or DNR service centers for a $2.00 processing fee. Landowner permits are available to persons owning five acres or more within a DEZ.

Persons owning less than five acres in a DEZ can call DNR’s toll free number (1-877-WISC-CWD) to find out if they are eligible to receive a permit.

Also, with the close of the regular gun seasons and hunting under the authority of a landowner permit, bow and gun hunters can harvest a deer of either sex without having to Earn-A-Buck. The requirement that hunters must first shoot an antlerless deer before they can harvest a buck will no longer be in effect as of Jan. 4.

“We revert to an either sex season after January 3 simply because bucks lose their antlers during winter months, making it difficult for hunters to distinguish bucks from does,” said Ryan.

In Walworth and Rock counties, the eastern DEZ includes roughly the southeast quarter of Rock County and the southwest portion of Walworth County.

Hunters can take their deer to one of the following locations for registration and head collection:

Big Foot Beach State Park, 1452 Highway H, Lake Geneva. By appointment only: call 262-424-1112.

Chad’s Taxidermy, 1102 Larson Rd., Clinton, By appointment only: call 608-921-5666

Corners Inn Bar & Grill, W9002 STH 11, Delavan, daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fontana Public Works, 300 Wild Duck Rd., Fontana, Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.