DNR asks hunters not to place deer stands in or near ash trees

Douglas County wood quarantine could cause problems in Minn.
A tree infected with emerald ash borer beetles.

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to avoid placing deer stands in or around ash trees this season.

The DNR says many of the ash trees in Door County, the Mississippi River counties, and southern Wisconsin are dead or dying.

An emerald ash borer infestation has wreaked havoc on these trees.

The emerald ash borer is an invasive species of insect that can be found throughout the state.

Officials warn that ash trees infected with the bugs can snap unexpectedly or drop large branches.

Tree stand accidents are the leading cause of serious injury to deer hunters, according to the DNR.

“At this time of year, it can be hard to tell if a tree has been infested by emerald ash borer,” Forest Health Specialist Bill McNee said in a statement Monday. “Hunters should place deer stands in other types of trees instead.”

Hunters should also be mindful when standing near ash trees, especially in windy weather, as branches can snap off and fall to the ground.

Ash trees can be identified by two features: opposite branching patterns and compound leaves with 5-11 leaflets.