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July 28, 2015

MADISON -- Bonus antlerless deer carcass tags are available for purchase starting Monday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. Antlerless tags will be sold at a rate of one per person per day. Sales will continue until sold out or until the 2015 deer hunting season ends.

Twelve counties, in part or in whole, will have no antlerless permits available in 2015. It is important to remember that permit availability will vary between public and private lands.

For a list of units and available tags, search the Department of Natural Resources website,, for keywords "bonus availability." Tags will be available for purchase through the Online Licensing Center and at DNR license sales locations.

Hunters will need to know which deer management zone and unit they plan to hunt within, and must determine whether they will hunt on public or private land.

"Bonus permits are very limited or non-existent in some areas this fall in order to implement deer hunting recommendations from County Deer Advisory Committees," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist. "Hunter demand for tags in many counties will be greater than tag availability, so we encourage folks to check out their situation early and begin to plan fall hunts now."

Bonus permits will be sold by management zone beginning at 10 a.m. on the following dates:

Those who purchase a 2015 deer hunting license before Aug. 17 can expedite the tag purchasing process, since hunters must obtain a deer hunting license before they can purchase a bonus antlerless tag.

To learn more, join DNR staff for an antlerless tags chat at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 5. For more information, visit and search keyword "chat." Hunters are encouraged to stay tuned, as additional chats will focus on season forecasts, finding a place to hunt, novice hunting programs, new regulations and electronic registration.

To receive email updates regarding deer hunting regulations, reminders and other important information, 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 "Crossbow Deer Hunting" distribution list.

For more information, including frequently asked questions and other helpful links, search keyword "deer."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-206-1107

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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