The City of Eau Claire recently completed a study of the deer population in Eau Claire. The inventory indicated urban deer populations in excess of 100 deer per square mile. Healthy urban wildlife is ideal at between 15 and 25 per square mile. One of the major causes is voluntary and involuntary feeding of deer within City limits. State law and City ordinance prohibit baiting and feeding deer.
Recent changes have been made to Wisconsin State Law that increase hunting opportunities on private property within the City limits. Hunters with a Wisconsin DNR license and tags may hunt on private property within the City of Eau Claire with no additional permits or fees provided the hunter is more than 50 yards from a dwelling or the person who owns the land on which the dwelling is located gives written permission to the person to use or discharge an arrow or crossbow within 50 yards of the dwelling.
If a hunter is less than 50 yards from another property owner's dwelling the hunter must obtain written permission from that property owner to hunt.
If a deer leaves the hunter's property the hunter must have prior permission from surrounding property owners to retrieve that deer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to post "No Hunting" signs on my property in order to keep hunters off?
Q: I want to hunt on my property within the City of Eau Claire. What additional permits do I need?
Q: I would like to hunt on someone else's property in Eau
Claire. How can I let property owners know that I am available to
Q: Can I hunt on public property this season, such as the City Wells?
Q: What if I find a dead deer in my yard?