Hunters in Door and Kewaunee Counties are being reminded before the start of the gun deer season to make sure they know where they are and whose land they are on. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says they have already received a high volume of trespassing calls related to hunting since archers and crossbow users started their season in September. A common issue is often land changing hands that hunters did not know about prior to heading out. Joski adds the complaints have not been limited to humans.
When it comes to gun safety, Joski reminds hunters to not just shoot on movement, but to make sure they know their target and what is beyond it.
FROM SHERIFF MATT JOSKI
This Saturday marks the beginning of the week long deer hunting season. While this event has many traditions, and memories which make it special to so many in our community, it also brings with it some re-occurring issues which deserve to be mentioned. The first of these issues is safety. By this I mean the safety of those participating in the hunting season, and those who choose to enjoy the beautiful outdoors as they would any other time of year. It goes without saying that for those who are hunting that there are two basic rules; know your target, and know what is beyond your target. Especially in the era of rifle hunting, the second of the two rules is very important. Although not intended, there always seem to be those few calls involving stray rounds. The DNR just started a great awareness campaign with a message of verifying your target. The bottom line is: “Don’t just shoot at movement”
If you are one of those individuals who just want to enjoy being outside over the next two weeks, be aware of the increased activity in the adjacent properties, and public lands. Although you are not required to wear it, and it isn’t the most stylish color, blaze orange is always a good choice. Also, whether you are hunting, or just going for a walk, always let someone know where you are going, and what route you are taking to get there.
The other issue which seems to become more frequent is that of trespassing. This is pretty self explanatory; if you don’t have permission to be there, don’t be there. Many property owners allow for others to be on their land for the purpose of hunting. This is not mandatory on their part, if they choose to say no, respect them for that decision and move on. Also don’t assume that just because you’ve hunted there for many years you don’t have to ask permission. Circumstances change and it is a good idea to re-establish these relationships each year. If you are unsure of the status of your favorite hunting spot, it is best to reach out to the property owner and verify. Especially in this day and age where recreational land is being leased and then sub-leased. I wish everyone a safe and productive hunt.