This week, a significant portion of the state received a snowy Christmas, and it came just in time for the opening of gun season for deer hunting. Since there is already snow on the ground, it will be much simpler for hunters to locate and track deer, which could result in a significantly higher rate of success for them during opening weekend.
There is a remote possibility that a handful of fortunate hunters will also be around to see the conclusion of the annual mating season for deer. If there is even a single doe in heat in the area where you are hunting, you may expect a large number of mature male deer to show up.
How to Attract Wildlife for Hunting Season?
On opening morning, many of the almost half a million hunters who intend to be out will set up camp close to areas where they have a chance of finding food. Greens in agricultural fields, food plots, apple trees, acorns, and corn or apple trees, if they are allowed, are some of the things that can attract wildlife.
But others may concentrate their efforts along edge cover, fence lines, or funnels that run from one woodlot to another. Some will hide in dense escape cover such as marshes, grassy potholes, or deep cedar swamps, while others will look for cover along edge cover.
There is a four-day gun season for antlerless deer alone, in addition to the typical nine-day gun season and ten-day muzzleloader deer hunt (or an extended gun season in Brown County’s metro sub-unit).
The decisions that responsible hunters have made over the years have made it possible for people living in today’s world to go hunting in relative peace of mind.
One thing that is very important is for hunters to obtain the proper training and to always wear bright orange while they are out hunting.
Despite this, people can make improvement if they educate themselves on and implement safe gun handling practises.
Careless Actions During Deer Drives Can Be Deadly
In the previous year, there were six different incidents that occurred while hunting. Accidental discharge of the hunter’s weapon was responsible for four of these incidents, one of which resulted in the hunter’s death.
You should, as a general matter, adhere to these four rules: Assume that the gun is loaded, keep your finger out of the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot, be aware of where your target is in relation to what is in front of and behind it, and only fire the pistol when it is safe to do so.
The vast majority of incidents that take place during deer drives are not the result of careless actions taken by participants. Everyone concerned needs to work together to devise a foolproof plan and then strictly adhere to it.
On each sign, the distance between you and a deer that must be reached before you are allowed to fire a weapon needs to be specified. Every year, there are a few hunters who get injuries after falling while climbing into or out of their tree stands. According to people who specialise in safety, the majority of them could have been avoided by installing a fall restraint system.
DNR encourages people to record bear sightings for Bear Litter and Diet Study
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages people to record bear sightings so that they can contribute to studies on bear reproduction. This research is essential for determining how many bears dwell in the state.
The research project is called the Bear Litter and Diet Study, and it will assist us in getting up-to-date information on the number of black bear cubs that are born in each bear management zone.
This study will also investigate the connection between what individuals eat and how bears have offspring. This is because a mother’s food may have an effect on the number of cubs that are born and how many survive after birth.
Since the beginning of this year, the research team that focuses on bears has been conducting surveys. They have already looked as far south as Jackson County and as far north as Iron County, with the assistance of landowners in both of those counties.
Researchers may use these collars to study how bears find food and to keep track of sows in the future. Researchers can also use these collars to learn more about bears.
The Importance of Checking on Sows Regularly
When you check on a sow on a regular basis, you may get a good picture of how effectively she reproduces. This includes the frequency with which she gives birth, the size of her litters, and the survival rate of her offspring.
In addition, their ages, measurements, and total body weights were recorded. When conducting surveys, it is essential to ensure that the bears are in good health.
While some members of the team monitor the sow’s vital signs, others on the team might take measurements and gather samples.
Any new cubs that have appeared will now have their den mother weigh them and determine their genders. The staff workers wrap their coats around the Cubs in order to keep them warm because the Cubs are unable to regulate their own body temperature just yet.
Following the completion of the research, the mother bear and her young cubs are relocated back to their den. The team’s objective is to fit collars to a total of one hundred bears throughout all bear control zones within the next seven to eight years.