August 9, 2011
MADISON - Bonus antlerless deer carcass tags for regular deer management units, and hunting access permits for all state park deer management units go on sale beginning at noon Saturday, August 20. Tags and permits will be sold at the rate of one per person per day, and will continue until sold out or until the hunting season ends.
A list of units and number of tags available is on the DNR website.
The structure of the sale of bonus tags is new for 2011. All units with bonus tags available will go on sale Saturday. In previous years sales have been staggered over the weekend based on whether a deer management unit had an even or odd number.
In 2011, 30 regular deer management units (DMU) will have bonus antlerless carcass tags available. To shoot an antlerless deer in these 30 units hunters must purchase a unit-specific $12 adult resident antlerless deer carcass tag ($5 for 10-11 year olds and $20 for adult nonresident).
Eight regular DMUs are designated as buck only to encourage herd growth. In these eight units some exceptions may apply to qualified members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are home on furlough or leave, Class A and C disabled permit hunters and youth ages 10 through 17 who have an unused statewide antlerless deer carcass tag. For more details, see the 2011 Deer Hunting Regulations booklet.
Every gun and archery deer hunting license will include an antlerless carcass tag valid for units designated as Herd Control or Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD units have unlimited earn-a-buck (EAB) rules.
If hunters are planning to hunt in any of the 12 state parks that require access permits for deer hunting, they should plan accordingly, as many units will sell out quickly. Those interested in hunting these properties should first check the 2011 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations or the Hunting Opportunities web page to learn about weapon restrictions and season dates. Some state parks that allow deer hunting may not require access permits, but may have different season dates.
Purchasing a deer hunting license before August 20 can speed up the permit purchasing process, since hunters must obtain a deer hunting license before they can purchase a bonus antlerless tag or state park access permit. Hunters can check for tag or access permit availability on the DNR website. Tag and permit availability are updated regularly. Units with relatively low numbers of available tags can be expected to sell out quickly. Units with a high number of tags available generally last longer or may not sell out.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dan Hirchert, DNR Wildlife Biologist, (608) 264-6023