DEER

A big 8-point white tail buck deer in the forest of Wausau, Wisconsin in mid December. Each deer hunting license comes with a buck harvest authorization valid for harvesting one buck in any Deer Management Unit (DMU) statewide.

As Wisconsin hunters prepare to head out for the nine-day gun deer season opening on Nov. 21, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters registration is mandatory and easy.

Hunters should be aware of the zone, deer management unit and land type on their antlerless deer harvest authorizations and be prepared to follow all regulations.

Each deer hunting license comes with a buck harvest authorization valid for harvesting one buck in any Deer Management Unit (DMU) statewide. Hunters who wish to hunt antlerless deer must possess an unused, valid antlerless harvest authorization. Hunters under age 18 are issued one antlerless harvest authorization with their deer license, valid statewide on the land type designated.

Although each deer license includes one or more antlerless harvest authorizations valid in a Farmland Zone DMU, hunters must select the Zone, DMU and land type (public or private) at the time of purchase or before hunting.

Bonus antlerless harvest authorizations may be available for sale. Check availability on the DNR website.

Hunters pursuing antlerless deer in the Farmland Zone (Zone 2) should select the correct zone, DMU and land type in Go Wild before harvesting the deer.

Wisconsin DNR service centers remain temporarily closed at this time. Purchase available Bonus Antlerless Deer Harvest Authorizations by using the online licensing center or visiting a license agent.

Hunters Must Carry Proof Of License And Harvest Authorization

Hunters are not required to validate or attach a paper harvest authorization to the deer, but must carry proof of their license and harvest authorization. Hunters must carry one or more of the following:

a paper copy;

a department-approved PDF displayed on a mobile device;

an authenticated Wisconsin driver’s license; or

a Go Wild Conservation Card.

Registering Deer Harvest

All deer harvested must be registered by 5 p.m. the day after recovery. Go online to GameReg.Wi.Gov (fastest and easiest option), call 1-844-GAME-REG (1-844-426-3734), or find an in-person electronic registration station that provides one of these methods. A registration guide is available online.

Hunters must have their deer harvest authorization number to begin the registration process. Those who do not have their authorization number may access it from their online Go Wild account.

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