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DNR officials offer land management tips and help heading into deer season this fall


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- The opening of Wisconsin's deer seasons is two months away, but Department of Natural Resources officials say now is the time for you to start planning your hunt.

Big game section chief Bob Nack says before you get your deer stand set up, you should make sure your favorite spot is still going to have deer. "Deer change their seasonal movements from year to year, and a number of factors are responsible for that, so it's wise for the hunter to get out and really scout the property and see what the deer are doing. As you indicated, it may be different from last year."

You should also take care to get your perfect scouted spot ready to go. "Put the tree stand up in a safe location, make sure it's safely secured to the tree and that you're using all the proper safety equipment. After you got it up, obviously make sure you've got a safe shooting lane that's not going to interfere with the flight of your arrow." Nack recommends finding some game trails the deer will be using, or finding a favorite browsing spot to set up on.

If you're looking for help getting deer on your property, Nack says the DNR is ready to assist with the state's Deer Management Assistance Program. "And the program is designed to provide support to hunters and landowners for proper land management on their properties." The system is there to help groom your property into a stable place for deer and other wildlife. "Deer respond to young forests and available browse at eye level for a deer, so active forest management is your best approach if you're intentions for your property is to manage it for deer."

You can find out more online from the DNR's website.

ON THE WEB: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/DMAP.html