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Field Reports: More Wisconsin deer hunts offered this month

Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer hunt is over, but hunters can still participate in the muzzleloader season, archery and crossbow seasons and two antlerless-only gun hunts.

The muzzleloader deer season is in progress and continues through Wednesday.

The annual statewide four-day, antlerless-only hunt will take place from Thursday through Dec. 10. Hunters may fill any unused antlerless tags while hunting in the proper deer management zone, unit and land type specified on the tag.

In addition, the antlerless-only holiday hunt will be offered in 17 farmland units from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1. These seasons are offered in units with high deer numbers in need of antlerless harvest to slow overall herd growth. Hunters may fill any unused antlerless tags in their proper deer management zone, county and land type. Any unit where the holiday hunt is not offered will be open for archery and crossbow hunting, and bucks may be taken.

Additional opportunities are also available for U.S. military personnel and Class A and C disability permit holders. More information is available in the hunting regulations synopsis.

The archery and crossbow seasons will remain open through Jan. 7 statewide.

OHV Rec Area meeting set

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting to review a draft master plan amendment for the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area in Gilbert.

The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, in the training center at the Iron Range OHV State Recreation Area, 7196 Pettit Road, Gilbert. The draft amendment includes proposed changes to site access, miles of trail within the site and site management.

Banff Film Festival coming

Tickets are now on sale for the Banff Mountain Film Festival, coming to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's Symphony Hall on Jan. 6-7. The event is sponsored by the the Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club (DXC).

Tickets, $12 in advance and $17 at the door, are available at these retailers: Continental Ski and Bike, Duluth Pack, Ski Hut, Trailfitters and Vertical Endeavors.

Give the gift of parks

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources suggests giving a state parks gift card for holiday giving. Gift cards may be used for camping and overnight getaways in rustic camper cabins, yurts, lodge rooms, modern suites and more.

Purchase a gift card in one of three easy ways: Call (651) 259-5600 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., look online at dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/gift_card.html, or visit any Minnesota state park during office hours.

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