Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589; firstname.lastname@example.org
July 26, 2016
MADISON - One of Wisconsin's favorite pastimes - the annual deer hunt - is just around the corner. Hunters are reminded to purchase licenses early and visit dnr.wi.gov for other helpful information before heading into the woods.
Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tags are available for distribution. Depending on the deer management unit, one or more Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless deer tags are included with the purchase of each gun and archery deer hunting license.
Hunters who have already purchased a license for hunting deer are able to select the unit and land type for Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tags and obtain a hard copy of the tag using one of the three options found below:
Hunters who have not yet purchased a license for hunting deer will be prompted to select the unit and land-type at the point of sale. Licenses may be purchased through theGo Wild website, gowild.wi.gov or at any of the more than 1,000 Go Wild license sales locations.
Hunters who have yet to determine hunting location may defer the Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tag selection. When ready, hunters may:
Bonus antlerless deer tags are available for purchase starting Monday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. Bonus tags will be sold at a rate of one per person per day until sold out or until the 2016 deer hunting season ends. Bonus tags cost $12 each for Wisconsin residents, $20 each for non-residents and $5 each for youth ages 10 and 11.
For a list of units with bonus tags available for purchase, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "bonus availability." These and all other deer hunting licenses and tags are available online through Go Wild and at DNR license sales locations.
Hunters will need to know the deer management zone, unit, and determine whether they will hunt on public or private land in order to purchase unit-specific bonus tags.
The first three days of bonus tag sales are management zone-specific and will be available as follows:
Department staff will host a number of informational chats open to the public, with DNR wildlife, law enforcement, regulations and communications specialists present to answer questions. These chats provide an opportunity to learn more about everything from regulations to finding a place to hunt.
Hunters are encouraged to participate in the following chats leading up to this year's 9-day gun deer opener:
Each chat will begin at noon - to view a chat schedule and check out previous chats, search keyword "expert."
The department's frequently asked questions page offers a helpful look at questions that have commonly been asked so far this fall related to deer hunting.
To view the frequently asked questions page, search keyword "deer" and select the "deer hunting resources" menu.
Those interested in receiving email updates regarding new regulations can sign up to receive occasional email reminders about season dates, license and tag types, and other information. Visit dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for "subscribe for updates for DNR topics," then follow the prompts and select a list of your choice.
For more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword "deer."