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Friday, November 16, 2012

Deer Gun Season Opener 2012

 Sunny and cool with a good chance for whitetail deer!

  Thousands of blaze orange wearing Wisconsinites and visiting non-residents eagerly await the arrival of the 2012 9-day gun deer season, which kicks off Saturday Nov. 17.

Hubby's buddy being silly after a good harvest
taken when breaking down camp, why he is not wearing more orange

   Approximately 10 percent of Wisconsin residents will take to the fields and woods for the annual hunt, and thousands more will participate by providing food, hotels, and other services that make deer hunting such a vital and important part of the Wisconsin culture and economy.

a recent funny blogged, U-tubed and replayed on radio and TV shows of a 
very convincing woman concerned about deer crossing at these signs
click to enlarge any image

Kevin Wallenfang, big game ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, says the 2012 gun season is one that he hopes will be exciting and satisfying for all involved. “It’s a tradition that many hunters and businesses look forward to all year long. It will also have more of a traditional feel to it this year due to the elimination of most early season gun hunts."

Deer populations throughout most of the farmland region of the state are strong, says Wallenfang, especially on private lands. Still, despite comparatively high deer numbers, farmland units can be difficult to hunt, especially for those spending their season on public lands where hunting pressure is often much higher than surrounding private properties. The good news is that Wisconsin has more than 1 million acres of private lands open for public hunting, including Voluntary Public Access program and Managed Forest Law program lands. Which is why hikers, campers and general nature lovers are advised to take a short break, this annual 10 harvest season and wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing if out near any trails or wooded lands. I also strongly recommend keeping your pets inside as well. Be smart, use a leash, your furry friend will be safer too.

I can testify, the deer in my yard do not read,
nor do they get shot, other than with a camera ;o)
 thanks to a email friend for image credit

Even with increasing deer populations in many units, hunter success during the gun season can vary based on a wide range of factors. Hunter effort, weather events, rut activity, hunting pressure, and stand site locations in addition to deer numbers can all play influential roles in whether or not individual hunters see and harvest deer.

“Deer are not distributed evenly across the landscape and their movements vary greatly from one day to the next,” says Wallenfang. “Some hunters simply have access to better hunting and more deer.”

Another step hunters can take to increase their opportunities and enjoy their season is to take advantage of more good weather days in the field. “There has been an increasing trend of hunters spending fewer days in the woods than in years past, often hunting just the opening weekend,” Wallenfang says. “Although deer sightings can be fewer after opening weekend, there are still deer to be hunted and the later part of the season can be more relaxing than the high pressure of opening weekend.”

Forecasters say we’ll have some temperate and mostly dry conditions through out the state. Especially opening weekend. Though most hunters prefer cooler temperatures and a nice fresh snow fall, that makes it better to scout and track any deer they may be lucky enough to harvest. Cooler temps also help in keeping the carcass cold until safe processing can be arranged. The weather looks favorable for hunting conditions that will allow people to stay in the woods and enjoy the hunt and Wisconsin's beautiful nature longer.

Remember to always be aware of your surroundings, distance and people population or buildings before taking careful aim to shoot. Wisconsin requires blaze orange outer wear for others to see you as well. More general hunting ethics can be found here.

For more info on Wisconsin's hunting seasons, other outside activities and news click  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for their web site.

Enjoy your 9 day deer gun season.
Good luck and good hunting!
   A safe hunter is a successful hunter!

 image credit icanhascheezeburger.com

        Just click to view last years deer hunting funnies .

Do you have a hunter in your household? or any funny stories to share?


     Until next time,
      thanks so much for visiting!


  1. Thanks for the education and the laughs, Faythe.
    Hope you are feeling well and your family has a great hunt.

  2. I saw the video of the gal who wanted to move the deer crossing signs. You know exactly what political persuasion she was too don't you. I knew you would.

    Loved this funny look at deer hunting.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. :)

  3. That was a very cute post and I loved that last pic!

  4. Happy deer hunting!

  5. This qualifies for Silly Sunday and then some. A hoot and a half.

    Have a fabulous Silly Sunday. :)

  6. I'm definitely staying indoors! And wearing orange, too! And a cow bell!

  7. Neat 'silly' parts, I liked the deer bloggers the best.

    Jim's Silly Sunday stuff.

  8. Anonymous2:53 PM

    Love the deer crossing sign. The deer blogger is one of thse that I wish I'd thought of.

    If deer go out in the woods today their in for a big surprise
    If deer go out in the woods today they'll get a bullet between the eyes
    For every hunter that ever there was
    is gathered there today because
    They wanna shoot deer to have venison for a picnic


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