Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589
MADISON - Bonus antlerless deer tags will be available for purchase starting Monday, Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. through the Go Wild website and license sales locations.
The fall deer hunt is just around the corner - visit dnr.wi.gov, keyword "deer" and prepare for another season in the woods.
Bonus tags will be sold at a rate of one per person per day until sold out or until the 2017 deer hunting season ends. Bonus tags cost $12 each for Wisconsin residents, $20 each for non-residents and $5 each for youth ages 10 and 11.
For a list of units with bonus tags available for purchase, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "bonus availability." These and all other deer hunting licenses and tags are available online through the Go Wild website, GoWild.WI.gov (exit DNR) or at any of more than 1,000 Go Wild license sales locations.
To prepare for the sale, each day at 9:45 a.m., an online queuing system will be put in place to manage volume in the Go Wild system. At 10 a.m. all online users that are on the site will be randomly assigned a number and staged into a "virtual" line regardless of the actual time you entered into the system. There is no advantage for customers who enter the site before 9:59 a.m. Please note that customers who enter the site after the randomization that occurs at 10:00 will be added to the end of "virtual" line in the order in which they arrive. All visitors to the site during this time period will experience the queuing system.
When you access the Go Wild site, follow the prompts until you reach your personalized dashboard. To purchase a Bonus tag, click the "Buy Licenses" button from the dashboard to open the sales catalog - from there, you will find the Bonus Antlerless Deer Tag at the very top of the list. If you haven't had the chance to get your license in advance, Go Wild can help you purchase one after you select the Bonus Antlerless Deer Tag.
Hunters will need to know the deer management zone, unit, and determine whether they will hunt on public or private land in order to purchase unit-specific bonus tags.
The first three days of bonus tag sales are management zone-specific and will be available as follows:
As a reminder, Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tags are now available for distribution. Depending on the deer management unit, one or more Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless deer tags are included with the purchase of each gun and archery deer hunting license.
Those interested in receiving occasional email reminders can sign up to receive messages about season dates, license and tag types, and other information. Visit dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for "subscribe for updates for DNR topics," then follow the prompts and select a list of your choice.
For more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword "deer."