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New deer registration rules in effect for the 2015 season

Contact(s): Matt O'Brien, DNR administrative warden, 608-264-9230; Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist, 608-261-7589

Join DNR staff Nov. 16 for a rules and regulations live chat

MADISON--With the launch of the GameReg system and electronic registration, hunters now have until 5 p.m. the day after harvest to register a deer. This rule applies for all deer hunting seasons.

"Previously, hunters could register their deer by 5 p.m. the day after the close of the nine-day season, regardless of the date of harvest," said Matt O'Brien, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources administrative warden. "The new registration deadline is a bit of a change for 2015, so hunters should make sure they are up to speed before the nine-day gun deer hunt."

After tagging a harvested deer, hunters can visit or call 1-844-426-3734 to access the game registration system. Hunters may also register their deer electronically at a participating registration station. Upon completion, hunters will receive a 10-character confirmation number to write on the carcass tag as proof of registration. This tag should remain with the deer until the meat is consumed.

To help make sure hunters are ready for another nine-day deer hunt, the department will host a chat Nov. 16 at noon. Questions related to harvest registration, safety, regulations or any other deer season topic are welcome. To participate or view the transcripts for previous chats, visit and search keyword "chat."

Hunters may also find a variety of deer season materials, including season structure maps, frequently asked questions and helpful links at, keyword "deer." To learn more about GameReg and electronic registration, search keywords "electronic registration."



Youth deer hunt and disabled hunt provide excellent opportunities for new and old hunters to experience the outdoors

Contact(s): Adam Murkowski, DNR assistant big game ecologist, 608-261-7588; Sawyer Briel, DNR communications, 608-261-0751

MADISON - Two special deer hunting opportunities continue to provide an excellent opportunity for youth and disabled hunters to experience the outdoors, learn from mentors, and create lasting relationships with landowners and friends throughout the state.

Youth Deer Hunt

Brandon and Collin Rausch enjoy the 2015 youth hunt.
Brandon and Collin Rausch enjoy the 2015 youth hunt.
Photo Credit: Contributed photo

This year's youth hunt gave hunters ages 10-15 an opportunity to get a hands-on introduction to hunting with help from experienced adult hunters. One hunter in particular from Medford, Wis., Collin Rausch, and his father, Brandon Rausch, used the youth hunt to create lasting memories.

Before he got a look at what would be his first deer, the younger Rausch saw a porcupine wandering near his hunting blind. After a group of deer entered the area, he stayed patient and waited for the right opportunity to shoot with help from his dad.

"One thing I have always stressed with Collin is to wait for the right shot," said Brandon Rausch. "After about 10 minutes of patiently waiting, he chose his target and made a great shot."

Collin harvested his first deer, a doe, while learning an important lesson.

"Youth deer hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training they need for lifelong participation," said Adam Murkowski, DNR assistant big game ecologist.

For more information regarding youth hunting in Wisconsin, visit and search keywords "youth hunt."

Disabled Deer Hunt

More than 100 landowners in 46 counties enrolled their land in the 2015 disabled deer hunt, which ran from Oct. 3-11. The disabled hunt has continued to provide opportunities for disabled hunters to work closely with landowners to deer hunt in Wisconsin, and feedback from hunters and cooperators alike has been positive.

"The department remains grateful to the many landowners, organizations and volunteers who work hard to provide this high quality experience. Without their help and dedication these opportunities wouldn't be available to many hunters," said Murkowski.

Landowners interested in enrolling their property to host a disabled deer hunt in the future should do so by June 1, 2016. Assistance to disabled hunters and landowners may also be possible in certain parts of the state through organizations dedicated to enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities for disabled persons.

For more information, search the DNR website for keywords "disabled deer hunt."



DNR's Office of the Great Lakes invites entries for 8th Annual Photo Contest

Contact(s): Jo Temte, DNR water resources management specialist, 608-267-0555,

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Office of the Great Lakes is inviting entries for its eighth annual photo contest.

Photos from all seasons are needed and will be accepted in the following categories: natural features and wildlife; cultural and historic features; and people enjoying Wisconsin's Great Lakes. Submissions for a new category, lake stewardship activities, will include a photo and a 180 word description of the restoration or protection project.

Chris Gaziano's "Morning Colors" was taken in Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Chris Gaziano's "Morning Colors" was taken in Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Photo Credit: Contributed photo

Photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior as well as their tributaries, wetlands and harbor towns are eligible. The top photos will be featured in Wisconsin's Great Lakes 2016-2017 calendar, which will be distributed at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair.

The Office of the Great Lakes is also accepting short essays, stories, poems and songs about Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Photos and written work may be used in the calendar and other Great Lakes publications as well as on DNR's website and in displays and presentations.

The deadline for photo and written submissions is Feb. 1, 2016. For details on how to enter, visit and search "Great Lakes Photo Contest."


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Last Revised: Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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