Some Still Confused Over Where Hunting with Rifles Allowed - WBAY

Some Still Confused Over Where Hunting with Rifles Allowed

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Rifles are allowed statewide in the 9-day gun-deer hunt that starts Saturday, except for in some municipalities that have decided to enact restrictions.

Some hunters say this is still causing confusion about where they can and cannot use a rifle just hours before the season begins.

Before Carl Wesley steps into the woods early Saturday morning, he stopped into the DNR office near his home in Howard to get some clarification about new rules this year that lifts bans on rifle use in some locations and others that continue to just allow shotguns.

"It's very confusing," says Wesley. "I just asked them inside and I didn't get a straight answer."

Wesley says he plans to hunt in a half dozen places in the next 9 days.

He's realizing he can't find a comprehensive list of communities now allowing rifles.

The lack of information is also creating extra work for the people responsible for enforcing the rules.

"It differs widely from community to community," says Brown County Sheriff's Captain Randy Schultz. "And it will put us in a position that we're going to double check with the township, the village or city to ensure we're standing on firm ground first."

Schultz says the Brown County Sheriff's Office is contracted to enforce the laws in communities like Bellevue, Allouez, Howard and Suamico.

He blames not knowing exactly where hunters can and cannot rifle hunt on a short window between enactment of new ordinances on November 1 and Saturday's enforcement start.

"It's just everything happened so fast," Schultz said.

He suggests, "Wherever you're going to hunt, get to the web page, or right to the staff of the municipality."

Action 2 News tried this afternoon. We got through to the Village of Bellevue which told us no rifle hunting is allowed. If you need additional information over the weekend though, no staff will be around at the village office. It does provide a map providing hunting rules and regulations online.

We also tried the Town of Scott office and reached a worker just before the office closed for the weekend at 12 p.m. Rifle hunting is allowed in the Town of Scott.

And when we called the Town of Morrison office, no one was around except the cleaning lady. She did provide numbers for the town clerk and chairman. The clerk confirmed rifle hunting is allowed within its boundaries.

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