Jan. 11, 2018 – West Bend, WI – There are three more days left in the Deer Management Program in West Bend as bow hunters try to trim the deer population by about 40.
Five hunters qualified to take part in the program and after two days they’ve managed to harvest one deer.
“Nobody’s seen a thing today,” said Brad Zuba about his hunt at Lac Lawrann Conservancy. “But then Jeff and I walked out to Schmidt Road down that trail and we saw 20 deer. But we saw nothing sitting in the woods.”
Zuba said it was raining most of the afternoon on Thursday and deer normally hunker down in the thick brush off Schmidt Road.
“They should be out moving again tomorrow,” said Zuba. “We just have to wait and see what the weather does. If it gets cold again they’ll be moving around.”
The five-day Deer Management Hunt runs from Jan. 10 – 14. Zuba said they had deer standing right in front of them when they put up their tree stands.
“Actually when it gets cold and freezes again that’ll be good because right now it’s so swampy,” he said.
The park is closed to the public Jan. 10 – 14. Bow hunters will be able to keep only one deer; the others will be donated to the local food pantries and processing will be covered by the DNR.
The goal of the pilot hunt is to manage the deer population.
The hunters were given 8 permits each for a total of 40 deer. There was also encouragement to collaborate during the hunt.
Hunters have to notify West Bend Police before going into the park and call again when they exit the park.
Hunters are able to bait the deer with two gallons of corn per person. Zuba said they set it out and it’s gone the next day.
“There are a lot of deer in there,” said Zuba. “We’ve got three more days and we’ll hit it hard Saturday and Sunday.”
A followup meeting will be held Jan. 23, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at West Bend City Hall.