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McCoy preparing for successful
Gun-Deer hunt Nov. 21-29

The 2009 Gun-Deer Season is fast approaching, and the Fort McCoy Wildlife Program is preparing for another successful season. The nine-day hunt runs from Nov. 21-29.

David Beckmann, Fort McCoy Wildlife Biologist, anticipates that hunters will have a good hunt.

“The deer population is up slightly from past years because of lower than expected harvest in 2008 and the increased number of twins and triplets produced by does during the last two years,” said Beckmann.

The Gun-Deer season is the primary means to keep the installation’s deer population in check, Beckmann said.

“Our goal is to have an over-winter population of 20-25 deer per square mile of deer habitat,” said Beckmann. After the 2008 season, the over-winter deer population was closer to 28 deer per square mile. Fort McCoy has 94 square miles.

Beckmann anticipates that with the availability of more than 850 bonus tags for nine-day and seven-day permit holders, hunters should be able to harvest enough deer to reach the management goal.

The Wildlife Program is sending letters to individuals selected for a Gun-Deer permit to highlight important information for the upcoming season including the procedures on how to purchase one of the 850 bonus tags.

A total of 2,026 nine-day and 325 seven-day permit applicants were selected for the 2009 season. This is the second year Fort McCoy has offered a seven-day permit to individuals not selected for the nine-day season.

A major change for 2009 is the sale of hunting permits through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Automated License Issuance System (ALIS). Hunters selected for the Gun-Deer Season were notified of their selection and directed to purchase their permit from an authorized WDNR ALIS agent. Beckmann said hunters who received the notification cards should purchase their permit early so any problems that may arise can be corrected before the start of the season.

“We have had a few issues where hunters were unable to purchase their permits. These problems were quickly corrected after some coordination with the WDNR.”

The Game Line, a phone system that lists hunting area closures, was upgraded this year to accommodate more callers. This upgrade added several additional phone lines that will direct incoming calls to an open line.

“Last year we received many comments from hunters that they were unable to get through to the Game Line, especially on opening weekend,” said Beckmann. “In some cases the hunters just didn’t check if their hunting area was open and they eventually were ticketed for hunting in a closed area, resulting in a one-year revocation of hunting privileges.”

Hunters are reminded that hunting area closures also are posted at the Hunter Information Points on North and South Post or on the Fort McCoy public Web site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil, by clicking on recreation opportunities and fishing/hunting.

Anyone with questions regarding the 2009 Gun-Deer season can contact the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Wildlife Program.)


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