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New deer registration rules in effect for the 2015 season

Published by Central Office November 3, 2015

Contact(s): Matt O'Brien, DNR administrative warden, 608-264-9230; Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist, 608-261-7589

Join DNR staff Nov. 16 for a rules and regulations live chat

MADISON--With the launch of the GameReg system and electronic registration, hunters now have until 5 p.m. the day after harvest to register a deer. This rule applies for all deer hunting seasons.

"Previously, hunters could register their deer by 5 p.m. the day after the close of the nine-day season, regardless of the date of harvest," said Matt O'Brien, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources administrative warden. "The new registration deadline is a bit of a change for 2015, so hunters should make sure they are up to speed before the nine-day gun deer hunt."

After tagging a harvested deer, hunters can visit or call 1-844-426-3734 to access the game registration system. Hunters may also register their deer electronically at a participating registration station. Upon completion, hunters will receive a 10-character confirmation number to write on the carcass tag as proof of registration. This tag should remain with the deer until the meat is consumed.

To help make sure hunters are ready for another nine-day deer hunt, the department will host a chat Nov. 16 at noon. Questions related to harvest registration, safety, regulations or any other deer season topic are welcome. To participate or view the transcripts for previous chats, visit and search keyword "chat."

Hunters may also find a variety of deer season materials, including season structure maps, frequently asked questions and helpful links at, keyword "deer." To learn more about GameReg and electronic registration, search keywords "electronic registration."

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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