LRP - Licenses

LRP - Regulations

LRP - Permits

Recreation - Statewide

Recreation - Trapping

Recreation - Fishing

Recreation - Hunting

Env. Protection - Management

Env. Protection - Emergency

Env. Protection - Resources

To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below.



 

Warden Wire FAQs: Special Edition-2016 Gun-Deer(#3); Reminder LIVE online chat is November 10

Warden Wire Section: Outdoor Recreation published on November 8, 2016

By: DNR Bureaus of Law Enforcement and Wildlife Management

Bring your questions!

LIVE GUN-DEER 'Ask the Experts' CHAT: DNR Wardens and Wildlife Management experts will host a live, online chat Thursday, November 10, at noon to take your questions concerning regulations, rules and safety for the upcoming 2016 gun-deer season. Join at dnr.wi.gov. Want to learn more? Listen to Warden Matt O'Brien, who also is the Bureau of Law Enforcement's policy officer:

https://twitter.com/WDNR/status/794573956363784193?s=09

(Trouble viewing video? Change your browser.)

November 8, 2016

Welcome to the third chapter of Warden Wire's feature FAQs: Special Edition - 2016 Gun-Deer Season. These special edition FAQs were taken by the DNR Call Center, the Department of Natural Resources' conservation wardens and the Bureau of Wildlife Management. Today's topics include hunting on private and public lands. The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The DNR Call Center staff is happy to help you with any and all of your questions. The number is 1-888-936-7463.

Question 1: I don't have access to private land to hunt. What are some resources for finding land open to the public for hunting?

Answer: There are three resources you can use on the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov. One is the Public Access Lands Atlas: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/pal/ Voluntary Public Access Lands: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/vpa/index.html Or, the Managed Forest Law lands map: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestLandowners/openToPublicApp.html

Question 2: If person plans to hunt on private land AND public land, which antlerless tag is that person required to have?

Answer:  Hunters must specify land type on all antlerless tags. If a hunter wants to hunt both public and private land within a given DMU for antlerless deer, this could be accomplished by selecting one land type (public or private) for the Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tag that is included with a deer license, and selecting the other type (public or private) for a bonus antlerless tag (if bonus tags of that land type are available in that DMU). If the DMU offers more than one Farmland Zone tag with each licenses, those tags could be divided among public and private lands. Buck tags are valid statewide in any zone and unit, including on both public and private lands.

Question 3: What is the penalty for someone who harvests a deer in the correct zone and DMU but does not have the correct land-type specified on their tag?

Answer: This has not changed with the new rules. The penalty would be $222.90 plus the cost of a bonus antlerless deer tag they should have purchased for that land type ($12 for residents or $20 for non-residents). 

Question 4: If someone in a group has an antlerless tag valid for use only on public land, will everyone else be able to participate under group hunting rules?

Answer: Yes. If the antlerless tag is valid for the DMU that the group is hunting (correct zone, DMU and land-type) and if all group members comply with all group deer hunting requirements, anyone in the group may participate in group hunting and fill an open antlerless tag; however, group bagging is not allowed under the Junior Antlerless Tag. All members of the group must be using firearms and each must hold a regular gun deer license in addition to contact and tagging requirements. A person hunting with a bow or crossbow cannot shoot a deer for someone else to tag, or tag a deer shot by another.

Question 5: Will the Farmland Zone antlerless tag(s) included at no cost with the purchase of a deer hunting license need to be specified for use on public or private land?

Answer: Yes. Hunters are required to specify zone, DMU and land type (public or private) for all antlerless tags, including those that are issued with the purchase of a deer hunting license.

Question 6: Do bonus antlerless tags require the purchaser to indicate public or private land?

Answer: Yes.

Question 7: If a person buys an antlerless tag valid for use on private land, is that person restricted to only shooting a deer that is actually on private land or is he/she able to shoot a deer that is on public land so long as the shot originates on private land?

Answer: Both the hunter and the deer must be located on private property. A hunter with a private lands tag cannot shoot a deer standing on public lands even if he/she is standing on private land.

Question 8: If a hunter possesses an antlerless tag for use on private lands, can that hunter access any private lands within the unit?

Answer: No. Trespassing laws exist and hunters need landowner permission prior to entering private land. There are lands enrolled under open Managed Forest Law, Forest Crop Law and Voluntary Public Access programs that allow public hunting access, but these lands are considered public lands for purposes of where antlerless deer tags are valid. Hunters must possess an antlerless tag for public lands to harvest antlerless deer on these “open” lands.

Question 9: If a person plans to hunt on private land AND public land, which antlerless tag is that person required to have?

Answer: Hunters must specify land type on all antlerless tags. If a hunter wants to hunt both public and private land within a given DMU for antlerless deer, this could be accomplished by selecting one land type (public or private) for the Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tag that is included with a deer license, and selecting the other type (public or private) for a bonus antlerless tag (if bonus tags of that land type are available in that DMU). If the DMU offers more than one Farmland Zone tag with each licenses, those tags could be divided among public and private lands. Buck tags are valid statewide in any zone and unit, including on both public and private lands.

Question 10: If a hunter with an antlerless tag valid for private lands shoots a deer on private land and the deer runs onto public land but does not die, may the hunter shoot that deer when found and if so, what type of tag is required, public or private lands?

Answer: If the deer is still alive when the hunter finds it, and if the hunter (or a member of the hunting party, if applicable) does not have a valid antlerless tag, the hunter should contact the local warden for advice on how to proceed. It is not legal to hunt and/or shoot a deer in a DMU or on a land-type for which one does not have a valid tag, even if they first wounded that same deer in the DMU or on the land type their antlerless tag was valid. To allow this would be to allow anyone to hunt in the wrong area and simply claim that he/she wounded the deer earlier in the area his/her tag was actually valid. If the deer is already dead when the hunter finds it in an adjacent DMU or property type, it would be legal and the hunter must immediately validate and tag the deer with a tag that is valid for the area where the deer was shot. This is no different than what could have happened in the past when someone was hunting near the boundary between two DMUs.

Question 11: Are there more antlerless tags available for private land than public land?

Answer: This varies throughout the state and is based on CDAC recommendations for antlerless harvest and the distribution of private and public land throughout each unit.

Question 12: If a hunter purchases a bonus antlerless tag for hunting public lands, can that person switch it to a private lands tag after the purchase?

Answer: Yes. A hunter may switch land types as long as there are antlerless tags available for the desired zone, DMU, and land type, and does so before the deer season is open. That hunter would also have to pay a $2 processing fee if picking up the tag at a Go Wild license agent. Once the exchange has been approved and posted to their Go Wild account by the department, customers may print the tags themselves at home for no charge.

Don't forget: Mark your calendars for the November 10, one-hour LIVE online chat with DNR wardens and wildlife experts. Starts at noon. If you miss it, you can read the transcript at your convenience later. It should be an engaging chat. You can join it at dnr.wi.gov

Missed Chapter One -- the overview? Here is the link:

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WardenWire/WardenWire_Lookup.asp?id=445

Missed Chapter Two -- carcass tagging and registration? Here is the link:

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WardenWire/WardenWire_Lookup.asp?id=449

In the meantime, if you're looking for more on hunting, go to dnr.wi.gov and search "deer."

If you have information regarding natural resource violations, you may confidentially report by calling or texting: VIOLATION HOTLINE: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff relay report information to conservation wardens.

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Warden Wire