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Information on current and upcoming deer seasons, tools for your hunt and deer herd monitoring.
Paper carcass tags are required for tagging deer and can be printed at home, at a DNR service center or at a DNR license agent for a $2 processing fee.
Deer season fall forecast
What should you expect during this year's deer seasons? Get the details in the 2016 deer season fall forecast
Deer show previews
For more deer show segments, visit the deer show page.
Bonus antlerless tags
Bonus antlerless tags are now available for purchase or selection in DMUs that offer them. Antlerless tags are zone, DMU and land type-specific (public access or private land), but are not weapon-specific.
The first three days of sales are zone specific:
- August 15 for Northern and Central Forest Zones
- August 16 for Central Farmland Zone
- August 17 for Southern Farmland Zone
- August 18 all remaining bonus tags can be purchased until sold out or the season ends.
Bonus tags cost $12.00 for residents, $20.00 for nonresidents and $5.00 for 10 and 11 year olds. Bonus tags can be purchased online at Go Wild, at a DNR service center or at a DNR license agent.
Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tags
Farmland (Zone 2) Antlerless Deer Tags are now available for purchase or selection in DMUs that offer them. Antlerless tags are zone, DMU and land type-specific (public access or private land), but are not weapon-specific. You may select your tags at Go Wild or by visiting a DNR service center or a license agent.
2016 deer season structure and tag levels
- Season structure and management zones map
- Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tag availability map
- Bonus antlerless tag information
- Metro sub-unit antlerless tag information
Deer stands and blinds on DNR lands
If you hunt on DNR managed lands – note that tree stands and ground blinds used on department managed lands must be removed daily. For other types of property such as county or federally owned, contact the property manager to learn about their rules.
Deer hunting resources
- What to know
- Deer season dates
- Deer hunting regulations and hours
- View bonus, farmland zone and metro sub-unit antlerless tag availability
- Carcass tagging FAQ
- Electronic registration information
- Register your deer online
- Search in-person registration stations
- Deer season 2016 FAQ
- Tribal night hunting
- Baiting and feeding regulations
- Before and after the hunt
Monitoring the herd
- Common health issues for Wisconsin deer
- Statewide winter severity
- Chronic Wasting Disease prevalence, 2010 - 2013
- 2015 CWD sampling areas
- Cumulative distribution of CWD detections in southern Wisconsin
- 2015 deer regulations CWD update
- Recommendations for reducing the spread of CWD
- CWD test results
- CWD regulations
- GameReg tutorial
- 2016 Wisconsin Deer Donation
- Economic benefits of hunting in Wisconsin
- Deer season 2016 frequently asked questions
- 2016 deer season fall forecast
- Harvest registration fact sheet
- Go Wild frequently asked questions
- Where you can find a place to hunt in Wisconsin
- First Deer Certificate promo
- First-time deer hunting license buyer promo
- 2015 deer registration and license sales overview
- Contact information
- For information on deer hunting, contact:
- Derek Johnson
Assistant big game ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management