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2008 hunting and trapping season dates available online

MADISON, Wis. - Hunters and trappers can find the 2008 hunting and trapping season dates on the Department of Natural Resources Web site.

A handy two-page document listing the dates may be printed from the Web site. Hard copy versions should be available around the Jan. 1, 2008. The guide lists season dates and permit application deadlines and drawing dates for upland game, big game and furbearers.

A permit application date for Horicon and Collins goose seasons is listed in the guide but except for the early Canada goose season, all other waterfowl seasons won't be set until the August Natural Resources Board meeting.

A second exception that will be clarified following the 2007 deer hunting seasons is whether or not there will be a statewide October antlerless deer only gun hunt. 2007 is the final year of a trial two-year moratorium on October antlerless gun hunting outside of Chronic Wasting Disease deer management units.

A decision to return the October gun hunt will be made once the results of the 2007 season are tabulated, according to wildlife officials.

"It may be jumping the gun a bit since we're still 10 days away from this year's gun deer hunting season," said Holly Robinson, DNR assistant wildlife regulations specialist, "but there are folks who can be helped by having these dates as early as possible in order to plan vacations and family activities."

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