Hunters are Gearing up for Hunting Season


We’re nearing the end of October and according to Conservation Officer, Keith Wildeman, that means hunters are gearing up for hunting season.

“Right now in mid-October, we’re already in to the deer archery season and it runs through November 27th,” said Wildeman. “Our fall gun season will start November 12th and run until November 27th and then muzzleloader season will pick up December 3rd through the 18th.”

fficer Wildeman says that there are some changes coming into the deer hunting rules.

“There have been a lot of questions lately if those are going to be enacted for this hunting season for 2011 and those rules were adopted and signed off on by the Natural Resources Commission. I think they have a couple more signatures to go on the way up to the state, but it looks like those are going to be in place for the 2012 season. I’m not going to touch on those right now just because it may confuse people with the current hunting season, but the hunting regulations for 2011, as far as deer, are basically the same as what they have been in the past. Crossbows, that’s part of that new package for 2012. In 2011, if you’re going to hunt with a crossbow, you need to have a handicap permit through the Division of Fish and Wildlife or use it in the late archery season.”

For more information, call District 10 Law Enforcement Headquarters at (219) 879-5710.