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Statewide antlerless-deer-only hunt starts Thursday

Photo courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The statewide antlerless deer hunt will start Thursday and will run through Dec. 14.

The antlerless deer only hunt is open to bow and gun hunters and will take place in Regular, Herd Control (HC), Earn-a-Buck (EAB), Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), metro and some state park deer management units, according to officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Antlerless deer carcass tags in HC and EAB units are available in unlimited numbers at $2 each.

Hunters are reminded that the Dec. 11-14 antlerless hunt will include the Central Forest deer management units 53, 54A, 55, 56, 58.

DNR officials say that these units had been excluded from an October antlerless deer hunt in 2008 because hunters in these units had met a 2:1 antlerless to antlered deer harvest ratio over the previous two seasons. These units could be included in future October antlerless hunts if the 2:1 ratio is not met during the 2008 seasons.

In regular deer management units hunters will need a unit specific $12 antlerless carcass tag. These are limited in number but are still available in 8 of 22 regular units in this year's hunt.

A list of units with permits still available can be found on the DNR Web site (

Hunters are advised to consult the 2008 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations for specific tagging and weapon regulations for the deer management unit or state park in which they plan to hunt, say officials.