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Our Outdoors: Hunting season with a conservation warden

News 8 Our Outdoors: Hunting Season with a Conservation Warden

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Wisconsin's nine day gun deer season just wrapped up on Sunday.

And News 8 thought we would take a look at the hunt from a different perspective.

Hunters can tell you there were some new regulations this year when it comes to tagging and registering your deer. And when it comes to enforcing those laws.

DNR Conservation Wardens are out in full force during the hunt to make sure hunters understand and follow those rules and are staying safe.

Here's more in News 8's Our Outdoors.

"I grew up in La Crosse and I grew up playing in the woods. I grew up in a hunting , fishing and outdoor recreation family."

So for me. it puts a smile on my face knowing everyday I go to work to protect the resources that have really made me the person I am.

Meghan Jensen just wrapped up her first gun-deer season as a DNR Conservation Warden.

Throughout the year puts on thousands of miles on the roads through parts of Trempealeau and Buffalo counties enforcing the law.

"We can start our day doing one thing and that can change depending on complaints we receive or observations we make while on patrol," says Jensen.

And this gun deer season came with its own new set of challenges .

With the new Wisconsin DNR Go Wild system that changed the way that hunters need to validate a deer they harvested by writing on the tag and then registering it online or by phone.

And when the deer has to be tagged was a common question for a lot of hunters.

"So now the legal requirement is to attach that carcass tag when you separate yourself from that animal."

"So our tag line is: when you leave it tag it."

Jensen knows she's building relationships with every encounter she makes. and it's also important for hunters or anglers to know what to do when they are approached by a warden.

So when a warden approaches you out in the field it's important to remember we are coming out to do our basic license check.

But the biggest thing to remember is to follow our directions of what we like you to do, if you are hunting with a firearm make sure you point that in a safe direction.

And if you have a question don't be afraid to ask.

Jensen dropped into this experienced hunting camp and they had plenty of questions about this year's changes.

And that's why the department gives you until 5 pm the day after harvest to allow hunters that time to go where there's reception or make it in to town to borrow a phone from someone.

And at the end of the day, with all of the calls taken and questions answered Jensen likes to hear all the hunting success stories too.

So when one neighbor got the big buck everyone had seen on their trail cameras they shared that too.

"Cuz everyone seen it on their cameras, so he actually brought the rack in that night so everyone could get a look at it."

That's the camaraderie of hunting.

Early numbers show hunters took about 140,000 deer this year during the gun deer hunt, final numbers are expected Tuesday.

And there are still the muzzleloader season and the antler-less hunt so the hunting season is far from over.

What if a hunter, angler or just a citizen is out and sees something and has a concern about how someone is hunting or fishing or using the resources?

There are roughly two wardens assigned to each county to respond to things.

If you just have a question you can call 1-888-WDNRINFO.

But if you think you have an actual issue that needs to be addressed they do have a hotline at 1-800-847-9367.

Jensen's biggest tip whether you are fishing or hunting is to read the regulations each year to make sure you are aware of any changes.


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