MADISON – Antlerless deer carcass tags for regular deer management units (DMUs) and hunting access permits for all state park deer management units that require an access permit go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Photo by Sandy Ellarson
Antlerless tags will be sold at the rate of one per person, per day, and will continue until sold out or until the hunting season ends. Hunters are limited to purchasing one park access permit per park.
A list of units and number of tags available is on the DNR website.
In 2013, 50 regular DMUs will have antlerless carcass tags available. To shoot an antlerless deer in these 50 units, hunters must purchase the unit-specific antlerless deer carcass tag ($12 for residents, $5 for 10- and 11-year-old residents and nonresidents, and $20 for adult nonresident).
Four regular DMUs are designated as buck-only to encourage herd growth and will not have any antlerless tags for sale, according to Kevin Wallenfang, Department of Natural Resources big game ecologist.
In these units, some exceptions apply that will allow the harvest of antlerless deer by qualified members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are home on furlough or leave, Class A and C disabled permit hunters, and youth ages 10 through 17. For more details, see the 2013 Deer Hunting Regulations booklet.
Every gun and archery deer hunting license will include one antlerless tag valid for units designated as Herd Control or Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), Wallenfang says. Every archery license also will include one antlerless tag that is valid in any unit statewide, except those designated as buck only. Hunters may purchase additional Herd Control tags for $2 or pick up free CWD tags at any time.
If hunters are planning to hunt in any of the 12 state parks that require access permits for deer hunting, they should plan accordingly, as many units will sell out quickly. Check the 2013 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations or the Hunting in State Parks web page to learn about weapon restrictions and season dates. Some state parks that allow deer hunting may not require access permits but may have different season dates.
Purchasing a deer hunting license before Aug. 17 can speed up the permit purchasing process, since hunters must obtain a deer hunting license before they can purchase a bonus antlerless tag or state park access permit, Wallenfang says. Hunters can check for tag or access permit availability on the permit availability website. Remaining tag and permit numbers are updated daily. Units with relatively low numbers of available tags can be expected to sell out quickly.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist, 608-261-7589