Deer Management

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City of Delafield Deer Management Information for 2019-20

In an effort to safely reduce the deer herd in the City of Delafield, the Common Council has authorized the Deer Management Committee to implement a program to encourage the harvesting of deer through legal bow and crossbow hunting. View the entire 2018 City of Delafield Deer Management Report and why the deer overpopulation is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. By state law, bow hunting is allowed within the city limits, subject to specific regulations.  One of those regulations is that the owner of a building within 100 yards of where a hunter is actively hunting must allow the hunting. All hunters must strictly adhere to this regulation. The city is aggressively promoting bow hunting for deer by responsible hunters through several methods. Additionally, we seek landowners who might allow approved hunters to hunt deer on their property. Use the link for information on the Landowner/Hunter Matching Program.  Landowners can fill out the PDF Landowner Application or our online Landowner Application to participate in the program.

Private Land Permission Form

The private land permission form is should be filled out by all adjacent landowners within 100 yards of where you want to hunt IF there is a building within the 100 yards. 

There are three options when bow hunting in the City of Delafield

OPTION 1

HUNTING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. Licensed bow hunters may hunt on private property, within Delafield City Limits, subject to the state laws. If you are hunting on private property, with appropriate approval and following state laws, and using your own harvest tags that came with your license, you do not need to complete the City Bow Hunter Application. Legal bow hunting on private land is allowed under State Statute 29.038(3). Bow hunting should take place from an elevated stand, so the hunter is shooting down toward the ground for safety reasons.  Again, under option 1 the hunters will use their own bow deer hunting tags issued with their bow hunting small game license or additional tags purchased through the WI DNR. Please follow all applicable state and local laws. In addition to registering your deer with the state please email us notice of your harvest. wdehn@ci.delafield.wi.us  

OPTION 2

HUNTING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY USING CITY ISSUED NUISANCE TAGS    If one would like to apply for State issued nuisance tags, available through the City of Delafield, one must complete the City Bow Hunter Application and submit for approval. Those granted nuisance tags will be notified by the Deer Management Committee when approved and be given instructions on how to use the tags.  These nuisance tags are not sex specific, but we encourage hunter to take does as well as bucks to maximize our efforts to reduce the herd. All deer harvested using a state nuisance tag must be tested for CWD and you may not keep the horns. Complete the PDF Hunter Application or our online Hunter Application to apply for nuisance tags. View the complete Rules and Regulations for using the nuisance tags.

OPTION 3

HUNTING ON CITY SANCTIONS BOW STANDS - Only licensed hunters 18 or older are allowed to hunt from city sanctioned bow tree stands. Hunters under 18 years of age may hunt with a parent in one of the 3 Pod Stands. The pod stands are enclosed two person stands. If you wish to be awarded city issued nuisance tags and/or hunt from city sanctioned bow stands, you must complete the application form and be approved by the Deer Management Committee. Fill out the PDF hunter application or fill out our online hunter application. HUNTING WILL NOT START FROM CITY STANDS UNTIL Sept 14th, 2019 AND NOT UNTIL AND UNLESS THE APPLICATION IS APPROVED BY THE DEER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON.  The Deer Management Committee will erect bow stands on city-controlled property; stands are available for bow hunting only. View the Rules and Regulations.