Hunter’s Choice Application Deadline
With the July 20 deadline to apply for Hunter’s Choice permits rapidly approaching, state officials are cautioning that some hunters are buying applications they may not need.
This year there are only 28 regular deer management units (DMUs) and 9 state park units where a hunter should apply for a Hunter’s Choice permit.
Units that are open for Hunter Choice Permits this year are DMUs 7, 10, 11, 16, 26, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 44, 45, 49A, 49B, 50, 52, 55, 56, 57A, 58, 60A, 69, and 73D.
Park Hunter Choice Permit Units are: 23A, 52A, 57D, 61A, 69C, 72A, 73A, 77D, 80C.
A Hunter’s Choice permit does not represent an extra tag – it allows the holder of an unused regular gun deer carcass tag the opportunity to harvest tone deer of any sex or age during gun or muzzleloader season. A hunter’s choice permit may only be used in the unit for which it was issued. A permittee may hunt in other units if desired, but would be restricted the legal deer specified for the unit.
There is a $3 application fee to apply for a Hunter’s Choice Permit (Conservation Patron License holders are exempt from the $3 fee). Hunters should refer to the new 2004 Wisconsin Hunter’s Choice Information brochure (Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® is needed to view and print the portable document format (PDF) file. To download Adobe Acrobat for free, please see the DNR Download Page.) that includes a map and list of the units that are open for Hunter’s Choice Permits this year, as well as other valuable information and instructions on applying. This brochure is available on the DNR Web site and at all license sales locations throughout the state. The deadline to apply for Hunter’s Choice Permits is July 20.
Hunters will again receive a one free Zone T antlerless permit along with the purchase of a deer hunting license. Zone T tags may be used to tag an antlerless deer in any Zone T, Earn-a-Buck, or CWD unit.
In Earn-A-Buck units hunters are required to tag an antlerless deer before they can legally tag an antlered buck. Upon registration of the antlerless deer, the hunter will receive a “Buck Authorization” sticker which when attached to their regular gun or archery carcass tag allows them to take one deer of either age or sex with that tag. Buck Authorization stickers are only valid on a hunter’s regular gun or archery carcass tag. Buck Authorization stickers are not valid on Antlerless Bonus or Zone T tags. Hunters should pay close attention on which tag they are using when tagging their deer.
During 2003 more than 600,000 hunters took nearly 325,000 deer during the Wisconsin nine-day deer gun season. In addition nearly 6,100 deer were taken during the muzzle loader season and archers took about 95,500 deer.
The Zone T and Earn-A-Buck efforts are both season modifications designed to make increase the antlerless harvest and reduce deer numbers where deer populations are significantly over goal.