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For information on deer management, contact:
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Vehicle collisions with deer and other wildlife

Vehicle-killed deer hotline: Contact the DNR vehicle-killed deer hotline at 608-267-7691 prior to possessing or removing a deer from the scene.

Learn more about vehicle-killed deer disposal [PDF]

Deer on hwy

Deer-vehicle crashes continue to be a major concern for Wisconsin motorists. The majority of deer-vehicle collisions occur during the months of October and November when deer are most active during the breeding phase. Many collisions also occur during May and June during spring fawning, when yearling deer are seeking out new home ranges.

Regardless of the time of year, motorists should be aware of the potential for deer to cross roads at any time. Taking proper precautions like driving slow during evening and nighttime hours and scanning roadsides for deer can prevent many of these accidents from occurring.

Vehicle-killed deer, bear and turkey possession

Any person may claim a deer, bear or turkey that has been accidentally killed by a motor vehicle. The driver of a vehicle that collides with and kills a deer, bear or turkey has first priority to the carcass. If the driver does not want the carcass, any other person who arrives at the scene may request possession of the carcass.

Possession of vehicle-killed deer

Contact the DNR vehicle-killed deer hotline at 608-267-7691 prior to possessing or removing the deer from the scene. Upon completing notification to DNR, a vehicle-killed deer may be legally possessed and transported without a tag in compliance with the chronic wasting disease transportation rules, available in the annual Deer Hunting Regulations pamphlet.

Possession of vehicle-killed bear and turkey

Contact your local Sheriff's department before moving the bear or turkey to obtain a free tag so that the carcass can be legally possessed.

Possession of other vehicle-killed species

A person who accidentally kills small game animals while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway can take possession of the carcass without the need to obtain a tag only if:

  1. the animal is NOT a fisher, otter, bobcat, wolf, migratory bird or a protected, endangered or threatened species;
  2. the person possesses a license authorizing the hunting or trapping of the type of animal that was killed; and the animal killed was killed during the open season for that species;
  3. if the operator of the vehicle that killed the animal does not want to take possession of the carcass, then any person with a license authorizing the hunting or trapping of that animal may take possession of the carcass if it is during an open season for the species.

Learn more about vehicle-killed deer disposal [PDF]

Last revised: Monday February 29 2016