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What to know about archery and crossbow deer hunting seasons this year

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Posted at 8:11 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 21:11:10-04

MILWAUKEE — Get ready deer hunters, because the archery and crossbow seasons are about to begin.

Statewide, both seasons begin Sept. 12 and end on Jan. 3, 2021. In some areas, the seasons extend to Jan. 31 and antlerless-only hunts may occur between the Christmas and New Year holidays.

In 2019, archery and crossbow hunters harvested more than 92,000 deer, including more than 54,000 bucks, a slight increase over 2018, according to the Wisconsin DNR.

Forest County and the forest zone portions of Marinette and Oconto counties will be the only areas with buck-only seasons.

In the rest of Wisconsin, antlerless hunting is available using farmland and bonus antlerless deer harvest authorizations.

Hunters using conventional bows and crossbows may do so by paying for one of the licenses and purchasing a $3 upgrade for the second license.

Only one buck harvest authorization and allotment of antlerless harvest authorization will be issued per hunter and may be filled with either weapon, according to the DNR.

Head to the department's website to learn more.

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