GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- Deer hunting with a group this year could contribute to the spread of COVID-19 this season, according to health officials.
Public health leaders in northeastern Wisconsin say they are mindful that groups of hunters who stay in close proximity with one another, sleep in the same cabin, or hang out in the same deer stand, could spread the virus unknowingly to their friends and family.
The gun deer season opener is next weekend. Already sales for tags are above what the DNR noticed the past two years, which suggests people may see more hunters in the woods in the weeks ahead. On Wednesday, Claire Paprocki a Brown County Public Health Strategist said hunters should keep in mind that those gathering with individuals from outside of their household can pose a risk:
"Any type of gathering, whether it's deer hunting, birthday parties, a wedding, or a funeral; there is some level of risk. So, we're asking everybody in the community to determine that level based on their unique situation and make decisions accordingly."