Wisconsin Antlerless Deer Tags on Sale Aug. 23rd

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Hunters planning on harvesting antlerless deer in one of Wisconsin's "regular" deer management units or in one of Wisconsin's 12 limited access state parks should mark August 23 on the calendar. That is the day unit-specific antlerless deer tags and state park deer hunting access permits go on sale at noon.

Tags and permits can be purchased over the Internet through the Online Licensing Center; by calling toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE (1-877-945-4236); or at license sales locations. DNR service centers are closed Saturdays, but the permits may be purchased during their regular business hours (check service center link for hours of operation, which vary by service center; service centers).

Twenty-two of Wisconsin's 134 deer management units (DMU) are designated as regular units in 2008. Regular units are 7, 10, 28, 29A, 29B, 30, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 49A, 49B, 50 and 52A. (Unit 52A is Council Grounds State Park, so hunters who are successful in purchasing a permit for the park who want to harvest antlerless deer must purchase the additional $12 antlerless tags.)

Regular units are those that are close to prescribed deer population goals and deer managers are limiting harvest of antlerless deer in those units to keep populations stable. For these units, hunters must purchase a unit-specific antlerless deer harvest tag. These tags are limited in number. They cost $12 for residents, $20 for nonresidents and can be purchased one per day until the unit's supply is sold out.

State park deer hunting

Anyone wishing to hunt deer in one of Wisconsin's 12 state parks with limited deer hunting access must purchase a State Park Deer Hunting Access Permit for that park. The permits cost $3 for both residents and non residents and also go on sale Aug. 23 at noon.

Hunters who wish to purchase a State Park Deer Hunting Access Permit, must first purchase a deer hunting license. Hunters who wish to hunt in these parks are advised to be familiar with each park's hunting season dates and weapon restrictions, as they may be different from the season framework of the surrounding DMUs. This information can be found on the DNR Web site at dnr.wi.gov. The 2008 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations will show which parks require an a Deer Hunting Access Permit. All deer hunters who park in a State Park must display a State Park sticker on their vehicle.

New for 2008 in state parks

  • * Lake Wissota State Park (DMU 59E) will only allow the harvest of antlerless deer during the 9-day November gun season (Nov. 22-30). Hunting in the park also requires State Park Deer Hunting Access Permit and the park is designated as a shotgun area.
  • * Brunet Island State Park (DMU 23A) will only allow the harvest of antlerless deer during the 9-day November gun season (Nov. 22-30), and is designated as a shotgun area. Brunet Island will also allow archery deer hunting with a State Park Deer Hunting Access Permit from Dec. 1, 2008 – Jan. 4, 2009.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Fleener- (608) 261-7589