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Wisconsin Fishing Reports & Outdoor Report for November 17, 2016

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The regular nine-day Wisconsin gun deer season opens this Saturday, November 19 and state wildlife officials are enthusiastic about the season, with the early archery and crossbow harvests ahead of last year harvest-wise and many hunters reporting increased deer numbers in many areas of the state.Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday with a possibility that hunters in far northern Wisconsin will see some snow.<Photo Credit: DNRThere are also some major changes in store for hunters this year so if they haven't already, they should brush up on the new regulations. Search the DNR page, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "deer" to find a wealth of information about the new rules, including A Deer Hunt 2016 - What do you need to know [PDF] factsheet and answers to frequently asked questions. One major change is the elimination of backtags and along with that, a change to a paper registration tag that hunters can print off directly from the new "Go Wild" page. An associated change is that hunters no longer have to immediately tag their deer. They only need to affix the tag when they will no longer be in possession of the deer. Hunters can find out more on the "tag it" page of the Go Wild page. They can also watch the entire 2016 Deer Hunt Wisconsin television show produced Dan Small of Wisconsin Public Television on the DNR's You Tube channel, which includes a game registration tutorial. There is a change in the forecast from the recently unseasonably warm weather Wisconsin has experienced, with temperatures expected to drop into the lower 30s and 40s opening weekend, with a possibility of some tracking snow in the far north.

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