The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received notification from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection that a farm-raised deer on a deer farm in Taylor County tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). With this new CWD-detection, Taylor County is now considered a CWD-affected county.
State law requires that the DNR enact a ban on feeding and baiting deer in counties or portions of counties within a 10-mile radius of a farm-raised or free-roaming domestic or wild animal that tests positive for CWD or tuberculosis. This will create a three-year baiting and feeding ban in Taylor County as required by law starting Sept. 1, 2021.
More information regarding baiting and feeding regulations and CWD in Wisconsin is available on the DNR’s baiting and feeding regulations webpage.
To learn how to have deer tested during the upcoming 2021-22 Wisconsin hunting seasons, visit the DNR’s sampling for chronic wasting disease webpage.
Migratory Game Bird Seasons
Early teal and early goose seasons kick off the 2021 hunting season on September 1st. There is no longer a Mississippi River duck zone. Instead, the DNR has added an open water zone on Lake Michigan. After a multiyear effort by sporting groups to raise the fee and increase crucial funding for waterfowl habitat conservation and restoration, waterfowl stamp fees have changed this season.
White Tailed Deer Seasons
Deer hunters throughout the state will have their opportunity to enjoy the woods with the opening of the 2021 archery and crossbow deer seasons, which run concurrently statewide from September 18th to January 9th, 2022. The archery and crossbow seasons are extended to January 31st, 2022, in metro subunits and many counties will offer the Antlerless-only holiday hunt between the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Bonus antlerless deer harvest authorizations are still available in almost all counties. The 2021 deer season schedule is as follows:
Gun Hunt For Hunters With Disabilities, October 2 through 10, 2021
Youth Deer Hunt, October 9 through 10, 2021
Gun Deer Hunt, November 20 through 28, 2021
Muzzleloader, November 29 through December 8, 2021
Statewide Antlerless Hunt, December 9 through 12, 2021
Farmland Zone Holiday Hunt, December 24th, 2021 through January 1, 2022
Black Bear Season
New this year, updated bear zones will be in effect, approved as part of the 2019-2029 Wisconsin Black Bear Management Plan. Those pursuing bear this season should familiarize themselves with zone boundaries and hunting dates. Bear baiting regulations are also newly updated and detailed in the 2021 Wisconsin Hunting Regulations.
Clark County has 1,793 Farmland, Private Bonus deer tags available as well as 548 Forest Bonus deer tags left. Taylor County has 5,996 bonus deer tags available for private land only.
The Sentinel & Rural News covers the news and events of Clark County and southern Taylor County, as well as regional news that affects those areas.