MADISON – A second Zone T deer hunt for 2003 is set to open in Zone T deer management units south of Highway 8 at the start of shooting hours on Dec. 12 and run through the end of legal hunting hours on Dec. 15.
The Zone T hunts are only for antlerless deer and they are intended to reduce deer populations in those deer management units where biologists calculate that a normal season wouldn’t bring the unit’s population to within 20 percent of its statutory population goal. The hunts are open for gun deer hunters as well as archery hunters, but archers may only shoot antlerless deer if they hunt in a Zone T deer management unit during this hunt. All hunters — except waterfowl hunters — in these units are required to wear blaze orange clothing during this period.
Deer Management Units included in the December Zone T hunt are: 27, 47, 49B, 51A, 51B, 54C, 59D, 61, 62B, 63A, 63B, 65B, 66, 67A, 67B, 68A, 70A, 70E, 72, 74A, 75C, 75D, 80A, 80B, 81.
In some counties, hunters will have additional opportunities to submit deer heads for CWD sampling. In the west, DNR offices in Viroqua and La Crosse will accept heads from adult deer not shot in the head or neck between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Dec 16. For more information, contact DNR region wildlife biologist Robert Michaelson (715) 839-3736.
In southeastern Wisconsin, DNR staff are interested in collecting additional CWD samples from Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha and Walworth counties. Although there are no Zone T units in the southeast for 2002, the archery season remains open through Jan 3 in units 77A, 77B, 77C and through Jan 31 in 77M.Only adult deer not shot in the head or neck will be accepted. Heads will be collected Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DNR Sturtevant Service Center, 9531 Rayne Road, the Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters in Eagle, S91 W39091 Highway 59, and the Waukesha DNR Service Center located at 407 Pilot Court – Suite 100. Hunters will need to provide the date of kill, the location, and their DNR customer number.
When removing the heads hunters should cut in the middle of the neck, away from the base of the head, to ensure a viable sample. DNR wildlife biologist Jim Jackley said the cold temperatures make it possible to collect heads from deer that have been dead for up to one week, provided they have been kept outside in freezing temperatures or immediately placed in a freezer and kept frozen during that time.
The department will also work with the area’s car killed deer pick-up contractor to gather additional heads for testing. Contact Marty Johnson at (262) 884-2391 or Jim Jackley at (262) 594-6208 for more information on southeast Wisconsin.
Hunters may also continue to submit deer for CWD sampling at any of the three CWD sample collection sites in the Intensive Harvest Zone in Barneveld, Black Earth or Arena. Contact the DNR at (608) 275-3266 for information.