Contact(s): Sawyer Briel, DNR communications, 608-288-5334
MADISON - The nine day gun deer hunt, a staple in Wisconsin's cultural framework, is almost here and a number of tools on the Department of Natural Resources website offers answers to many questions hunters have leading up to the hunt.
There are a few notable changes for this year's deer hunting season, and hunters can find them in a helpful "Deer Hunt 2016 - What do you need to know? [PDF]" document, found at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "deer."
Hunters are required to carry the appropriate carcass tag when hunting species requiring a tag; deer, bear, turkey and geese. 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.
When hunters register a harvested deer, the registration process will ask for the carcass tag number on the tag (not the customer ID), and they should have the carcass tag number handy when registering a deer. The carcass tag number is located near the top of the carcass tag. Hunters can contact the DNR Call Center with any questions at 888-936-7463.
Go Wild offers several options for displaying a hunting license, including an authorized Wisconsin Driver License, Conservation Card or electronic PDF image.
To help ensure every hunter is aware of registration options in 2016, a helpful GameReg 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.
A link to the GameReg system is available through the Pocket Ranger app for mobile devices. For more information regarding electronic registration, search "GameReg."
Many fall hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin are just around the corner, and the 2016 Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast [PDF] is now available.
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. Hunters looking to brush up on their rules are encouraged to join DNR staff Nov. 10 at noon for a final deer season chat.
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 (found within the "hunting" list).
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."
For more general information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword "deer."