Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589; Bureau of Customer Service and Licensing, 608-266-2621
October 6, 2015
MADISON - In the first year when Wisconsin is using electronic registration as the sole method for hunters to register a deer they have harvested, state wildlife officials have provided hunters with a number of convenient options to consider.
Hunters can register their deer online at gamereg.wi.gov, by phone at 1-844-426-3734 (1-844-GAME-REG), or electronically at a participating in-person registration stations. A link to the electronic registration system will also be available through the Pocket Ranger app for mobile devices.
As of Sept. 27, 17,387 deer (7,236 bucks and 10,151 does) have been registered using this new system. Registration totals will be updated weekly - for more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "weekly totals."
"The feedback we've been getting from hunters so far has been positive," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp. "They like the convenience. The ability to register a deer online in a matter of minutes without leaving deer camp has made the process easier than ever."
While many hunters have taken advantage of the convenience of registering deer in the field, there are currently more than 200 businesses listed on the DNR website as registration stations this fall. At these locations hunters can use the online tool or a phone to register a deer. To find a nearby station, hunters should search keywords "registration stations."
It is important to remember that the harvested deer does not need to be physically with the hunter at the time of registration - all that is required is hunter and harvest information.
The registration system will prompt hunters to answer a series of questions and generate a 10-digit confirmation number, which must be written on the carcass tag attached to the harvested animal. Hunters are reminded to write the 10-digit number on their tag - feedback from the field has found that ballpoint pens are the best option for this task. When this registration number is written on the tag, the animal is considered legally registered.
All deer must be registered by 5 p.m. the day after the deer is recovered, and hunters must retain the tag with confirmation number as proof of registration until the deer has been consumed.
For more information regarding electronic registration, search keywords "electronic registration."
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff answered a number of questions about electronic registration and 2015 deer season regulations during an online chat Sept. 3. To review this chat and learn more, search keyword "chat."
Hunters are also encouraged to check out the frequently asked questions page for more information regarding several rule changes for 2015. The FAQ feature provides brief responses to a wide variety of deer hunting questions, ranging from deer management unit boundaries to antlerless permits. To view the FAQ page and more information regarding archery and crossbow deer hunting, search keyword "deer."
To receive email updates regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov 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.