Jan. 12, 2018 – West Bend, WI – After three days of the Deer Management Program in West Bend bow hunters have successfully shot three deer. Their goal is to try to trim the deer population by about 40.
Hunter Brian Beck got a doe on Wednesday and Friday he shot a nubby buck and an adult doe.
“Thursday the weather was just horrible,” said Beck.
Details on Friday’s hunt have to wait because at 7:30 p.m. Beck was still dragging the deer out of the woods.
“They just came in a swarm this afternoon and I managed to get two,” he said.
Five hunters qualified to take part in the program and after two days they’ve managed to harvest one deer.
Brad Zuba said he saw deer Friday afternoon at Lac Lawrann Conservancy but they came up on the wrong side for him to get a shot with his bow.
On Thursday Zuba and his friend Jeff Bach saw nothing until they called it a day and walked out to Schmidt Road down that trail and then saw 20 deer.
The five-day Deer Management Hunt runs from Jan. 10 – 14.
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.