Dane Co. Sheriff’s Office hosts hunter sight-ins ahead of gun deer season

WAUNAKEE, Wis. — Wisconsin’s gun deer hunting season is right around the corner and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office is helping hunters prepare.

The Sheriff’s Office held the first sight-in event of the season on Saturday, giving hunters a chance to have their guns sighted and adjusted. Officials said the events give hunters a chance to feel confident in their guns while staying safe.

“Our goal is to make sure that when people go off into the woods that they have a gun that’s sighted in and ready so that when they take a shot at a deer, it’s as accurate as they can possibly make it,” Deputy Mike Mohr said.

Wisconsin is home to about 250,000 deer hunters, and it’s no secret that deer hunting is a time-honored tradition in the state.

“Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the top deer hunting destinations in the country,” Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole said. “You don’t have to believe us, you can believe the National Deer Association, who reports that out.”

Saturday wasn’t the only opportunity for local hunters to have their guns sighted. You can go to the Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center, 5184 State Highway 19, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18. Only firearms legal for hunting in Wisconsin are permitted. Sighting for the first gun is $10 and each additional gun is $5.

Gun deer hunting season opens Nov. 19.