Outdoor enthusiasts are reminded a four-day antlerless-only gun deer hunt will take place statewide this Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 12-15, including Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties. 

Hunters may fill any unused antlerless harvest authorizations while hunting in the proper deer management zone, unit and land type specified on the tag.

All hunters except waterfowl hunters are required to wear blaze orange clothing during any open firearm deer hunt, including the antlerless hunt. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) safety experts also remind others in the outdoors to wear blaze orange for safety during any gun deer hunt.

Additional opportunities may be available for youth hunters with a statewide antlerless harvest authorization, U.S. Armed Forces members and Class A and C disability permit holders.

While Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties were buck-only hunting for several years due to a low deer population, County Deer Advisory Councils in all three counties approved some antlerless harvest this fall.

Any legal firearm, crossbow or archery equipment may be used during the antlerless hunt, but no bucks can be harvested statewide during the four days.

Deer must be registered by 5 p.m. the day following the harvest As a reminder, the 10-day muzzleloader deer season comes to an end today, Wednesday, Dec. 11. Anyone with an unused buck or antlerless harvest authorization can hunt in the muzzleloader season.

In addition, the archery and crossbow season will remain open through Jan. 5, 2020, statewide. An antlerless-only holiday hunt will be held in some farmland units Dec. 24 to Jan. 1.

Hunters are encouraged to call toll free 1-(888) WDNR-INFo (936-7463) with any gun deer hunting questions. The line is staffed 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week.