With the 9-day gun-deer season starting Saturday morning, the Wisconsin DNR have a special message to all Wisconsin deer hunters urging them to keep COVID-19 safety measures in mind, and also to use the online reporting system to report their deer. DNR Secretary Preston Cole comments, “Hunting is a long-established tradition in Wisconsin. However, with the pandemic, it is up to each of us to keep our communities healthy and safe this deer season. As hunters new and old make their way into the woods this season, it is important they follow all the Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 safety precautions including wearing a mask, keeping 6 feet of distance from others, and avoiding crowds.” The Health Department discourages social gatherings of any size, including getting together with friends or extended family during hunting season at deer camp. The less time spend with folks from other households, the less likely you are to get sick or spread the virus to others. They suggest lodging in your own room, tent, or trailer and limit the number of households using shared spaces. Remember, extended physical or close contact with others increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission. While deer camp will certainly look different this year, there are still ways to enjoy the social aspects of deer hunting and mentoring through video chats, text messages, and other creative ideas that keep you and others safe. It is recommended to reduce your travel, and to hunt only with people you live with. The DNR is also reminding hunters to register your deer online or by phone.