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Deer hunting

Information on current and upcoming deer seasons, tools for your hunt and deer herd monitoring.

Antlerless tag availability

Bonus antlerless tags and Farmland (Zone 2) 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.

Paper 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 [PDF]

Bonus antlerless tags

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 [PDF] included with the purchase of each deer hunting license are now available for selection. 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 [PDF]
  • Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tag availability map [PDF]
  • Bonus antlerless tag information [PDF]
  • Metro sub-unit antlerless tag information [PDF]

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

Additional resources

Contact information
For information on deer hunting, contact:
Derek Johnson
Assistant big game ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Last revised: Tuesday September 27 2016