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Getting Out

Field Notes 10/6/17

Pheasant hunt set to begin

MADISON — A time-honored Wisconsin tradition continues when this year’s pheasant hunt begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. 

The season is open through Dec. 31, with the possibility of being extended until Jan. 7.

Several other hunting seasons also open that day, including bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse in Zone B and Hungarian partridge. 

Like pheasant, the bobwhite quail and Hungarian partridge seasons open at 9 a.m. The ruffed grouse season opens with the start of legal shooting hours.

“Pheasant hunting offers a fantastic means to experience the outdoors, and it complements the other upland bird hunting opportunities in Wisconsin very well,” said Mark Witecha, state Department of Natural Resources upland wildlife ecologist. 

Pheasants are sought-after gamebirds and populations do best in southern and western Wisconsin.

Hunters should look for areas that contain adequate winter cover, such as cattail marshes and dense brush, mixed with cropland, hay and idle grasslands that provide food and nesting cover, Witecha said. 

During last year’s pheasant hunting season, an estimated 43,520 hunters killed 307,240 of the birds, according to DNR figures. 

A 2017 pheasant stamp is required to hunt pheasants statewide along with a valid small game license. The daily bag limit is one pheasant daily for the first two days of the season and two pheasants daily for the remainder of the season. 

For more information about this year’s pheasant hunt, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search using the keyword “regulations.”

Rules help prevent disease

MADISON — State Department of Natural Resources officials urge hunters participating in Wisconsin deer hunts this fall to comply with regulations when transporting carcasses across county or state lines as a way to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease. 

The movement of deer carcasses infected with CWD is a key means of spreading it, the DNR said.

Carcass movement restrictions are currently in place to limit the spread of the disease. Both wild-deer carcasses and certain parts of carcasses from CWD-affected counties can only be moved within CWD-affected counties and an adjacent county. 

For a list of CWD rules, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search using the keyword “CWD.”

From staff reports


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