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Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589
October 24, 2017

MADISON - Before heading into the woods this deer season, hunters should be sure to check out the online deer zone and management unit map on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website to see which counties are classified as split Deer Management Units in 2017 to correctly register their deer.

"It's very important that hunters properly register their deer if hunting in one of the split counties," said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist. "We saw some problems with this in previous years, so we added a number to the naming last year so hunters can understand that we are looking for information about a specific zone where they shot the deer, rather than in a habitat type."

A split DMU is one of nine counties that are divided between two separate Deer Management Zones. Wisconsin is broken into four Deer Management Zones, two of which are forest zones and two being farmland zones. When registering a deer harvested in a split DMU, hunters will need to indicate whether the deer was harvested in the Forest (Zone 1) or Farmland (Zone 2) portion of the county.

For more information regarding Deer Management Units, visit and search keyword "DMU."

"We need hunters to look at the regulations map and know exactly where they were when the question comes up while they register with GameReg," said Wallenfang. "It has long-term implications about deer management in their county."

The following counties are split between two different zones in 2017:


Knowing which zone a deer was harvested from is important for registration. As a reminder, although hunters are no longer required to validate and attach tags to their deer carcass, registration continues to be a very important step in tracking deer harvest and managing Wisconsin's deer herd.

All harvested deer must be registered electronically by 5 p.m. the day after being recovered. GameReg is simple, fast and convenient for hunters. The system will prompt hunters to answer a series of questions, beginning with the deer tag number and the hunter's date of birth. Hunters will have two options for registering:

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 1, titled "Passport to Pursuit," hunters can learn about DMUs and much more.

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

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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