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Hunters reminded registering deer in the correct zone still mandatory for the ongoing and upcoming deer seasons

Published by Central Office November 9, 2017

Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, (608)-261-7589

MADISON - Tagging rules have changed, but registration requirements have not. Lucky hunters are still required to register their harvested deer electronically by 5 p.m. the day after being recovered. The GameReg system is simple, fast and convenient for hunters.

"Since its launch in 2014, most hunters have adjusted well to using the electronic registration options," says Kevin Wallenfang, big game ecologist for the DNR. "The simplicity and convenience has resulted in high compliance of registration requirements, but we also continue to offer walk-in registration opportunities at hundreds of locations around the state."

Hunters have three options for registering:

The GameReg system will prompt hunters to answer a series of questions, beginning with the deer tag number and the hunter's date of birth.

For more information regarding electronic game registration, search "GameReg."

Deer Tags

Even with the recent elimination of the requirement to carry paper deer carcass tags, hunters are still required to carry proof of their deer tags, and fill those tags only within the deer management unit and zone designated on the tag. Hunters have several options as to how they carry proof of their deer tags including paper copies, a DNR issued Conservation Card, a GoWild validated Wisconsin driver's license, or a GoWild digital file as proof of tags. The deer tag number is an important component of registering their deer.

Hunters also no longer are required to validate their tag, attach the tag to their deer or keep their used deer tag after the animal is processed. Hunters are reminded they must know the tag number in order to begin the harvest registration process.

Tagging rules have changed for 2017 - be sure to check the DNR website or watch Wild Wisconsin for more information.
Tagging rules have changed for 2017 - be sure to check the DNR website or watch Wild Wisconsin for more information.

All previously issued deer carcass tags are still valid as an authorization to hunt within the assigned or designated location. Hunters making additional purchases throughout the remainder of this year's hunting seasons will be issued products that will not include the usual validation and attachment language.

For updated regulations materials, visit and search keyword, "hunt." You'll be able to find key updates and official regulations under the "Know" tab.

Wild Wisconsin

Easy access to information is the key to a successful hunt, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is excited to announce the launch of a new podcast and web series - Wild Wisconsin.

Whether you prefer to watch all segments at once, catch one or two on the move, or listen to podcasts during your commute, Wild Wisconsin has it all. Topics range from public land hunting strategies to CWD and what it means for Wisconsin's deer herd.

In Episode 7, titled "Handling the Harvest Pt. 1," hunters can learn more about registration and what to do after harvesting a deer.

For more information regarding electronic registration, search keyword "GameReg." For more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword "deer."

Last Revised: Thursday, November 09, 2017

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