Office of the Governor Scott Walker
Office of the Governor, Scott Walker - Press Release

Governor Scott Walker to Participate in Nine-Day Deer Hunt

What’s New, Just the Facts, Safety Reminders

Friday, November 22, 2013 - Press Release

Madison – Governor Scott Walker will join hunters from around the world in heading to the Wisconsin woods to participate in the 2013 nine-day deer hunting season, which begins Saturday, November 23rd.

“Like riding my Harley and watching the Packers, going hunting is one of my favorite Wisconsin traditions,” said Governor Scott Walker.  “Here’s wishing a safe and successful season to everyone participating in the hunt in Wisconsin, which is the premier deer hunting destination.”


Rifle Use – Beginning this season, the use of rifles will be allowed statewide to registered hunters.  This is the first season the use of rifles is not enforced by the Department of Natural Resources on a county by county basis.  Some local municipalities may still have ordinances restricting rifles, so hunters should be familiar with all local laws. Previously rifles were prohibited in all or portions of 18 counties in southeastern and west central Wisconsin.

State Parks – Most, but not all, state park properties are open to gun deer hunting this fall under a new law intended to expand outdoor recreation opportunities and make it easier for people to participate in hunting, trapping, and fishing.  Within the parks, hunting is only allowed in areas designated as open.  It is the hunter’s responsibility to know what areas of the park are open for hunting.   Maps are posted at parks and are available on the DNR website and at park offices.

Coyote Season – The coyote season no longer closes in the northern portion of Wisconsin during the gun deer season.

Baiting and Feeding – Baiting and feeding deer is no longer allowed in Washington County.

First Harvest Certificate – This is a great way for those who harvest a deer for the first time to preserve this special hunting memory for free.  Information about when and where the deer was harvested, who you were hunting with, and a picture can be displayed on the certificate.  Go to for more information.


The nine-day deer hunt contributes more than $1.3 billion in revenue to the state of Wisconsin.

246,041 deer were harvested during the nine-day deer hunt in 2012.

The most hunting licenses ever purchased in the state for the nine-day deer hunt (since electronic record keeping began in 1999) was 694,714 in 2000.

Hunters purchased 633,460 licenses for the nine-day deer hunt in 2012.


Please help keep your fellow hunters and yourself safe this year by reviewing safety procedures below, and by using your own common sense.

Four rules of firearm safety:

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Be certain of your target and what is beyond it.
  • Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.

Tree stand tips:

  • Always use a full-body harness.
  • Always unload your firearm while climbing into or out of the stand.
  • During the ascent or descent: maintain three points of contact -- two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand.

For more information on these and other helpful hunting tips visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website at