Wisconsin’s 2002 harvest of 372,000 deer was a 16 percent drop from 2001. Hunters in the Intensive Harvest Zone, the area in southwestern Wisconsin where chronic wasting disease is most prevalent, must take an antlerless deer before a buck to reduce deer numbers there. In other areas, almost half of the DMUs are designated Zone-T this year, allowing an extra doe tag for a special four-day hunt in October. Buffalo and Dane counties continue to produce impressive numbers of trophy deer. Public lands in the Northwoods grow big deer, too. Contact: Department of Natural Resources (608-266-2621; www.dnr. state.wi.us).
Deer Forecast 2003