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Contact(s): Todd Schaller, DNR Chief Warden, 608-381-8927
October 11, 2016

MADISON - In its second year, GameReg gives hunters a number of options when registering harvest in 2016 without having to travel to a registration station.

To help ensure every hunter is aware of registration options in 2016, a helpful tutorial is now available online. This video can be viewed in the field or at home, and provides a step by step look at what to expect in 2016.

Video Credit: DNR

All harvested deer, turkeys, and bear will be registered electronically in 2016. The system will prompt hunters to answer a series of questions, beginning with the carcass tag number and date of birth.

GameReg will generate a 10-character confirmation number, which must be written on the paper carcass tag that accompanies the harvested animal. Hunters are reminded to carry a pen or pencil to write the 10-character number on the tag. When this registration number is written on the tag, the animal is considered legally registered.

All deer, turkey and bear must be registered by 5 p.m. the day after the game is recovered, and hunters must retain the tag with confirmation number as proof of registration until the meat has been consumed.

Hunters will have three options for registering their harvest:

A link to the GameReg system is available through the Pocket Ranger app for mobile devices. For more information regarding electronic registration, search "GameReg."

Carcass tagging FAQ gives helpful overview of tagging procedures

Go Wild offers several options for displaying a hunting license, including an authorized Wisconsin Driver License, Conservation Card or electronic PDF image. However, deer, turkey, bear and goose hunters are required to carry the appropriate paper carcass tag.

The carcass tagging FAQ (search keywords "tag it"), will help hunters make sure they are ready for another year in the field, while the frequently asked questions offers additional information regarding changes for 2016.

Deer Show 2016 webpage features "sneak peeks" leading up to the nine-day hunt

Early segments from Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2016 with Dan Small will help hunters prepare for another fall deer hunt - these short videos are now available and will allow viewers to get ready for deer season on-the-go. These early segments give hunters a sneak peek before the full Deer Show airs later this fall - for a preview, search keywords "deer show" or visit the department's Youtube page, select "playlists" and select "Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2016 with Dan Small."

2016 Wisconsin Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast available online

Many fall hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin are just around the corner, and the 2016 Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast is now available.

To view this year's hunting and trapping forecast, visit and search keywords "forecast" or "hunt."

People who missed three August live chats regarding deer hunting can review chat records online - search keyword "expert" and choose the chat of your choice.

To receive email updates regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, visit and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page titled "subscribe for updates for DNR topics," then follow the prompts and select the "white-tailed deer" distribution list (found within the "hunting" list).

For more general information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword "deer."

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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