Farmland Zone antlerless tags available; join DNR staff for helpful live chats, visit deer page to prep for another Wisconsin deer hunt

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MADISON One of Wisconsin’s favorite pastimes – the annual deer hunt – is just around the corner. Hunters are reminded to purchase licenses early and visit dnr.wi.gov for other helpful information before heading into the woods.

Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tags now available: How to select, how to print

Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tags are available for distribution. Depending on the deer management unit, one or more Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless deer tags are included with the purchase of each gun and archery deer hunting license.

Think strategic in making your selection. Remember:
  • All tags selected for each individual license must be for the same county.
  • If you have a combination of license privileges that include BOTH gun and archery/crossbow seasons, you may select tags in two different counties. While each license type will offer the tags, the Farmland (Zone 2) tags are NOT weapon or season specific and can be used during any season with the appropriate weapon for that season.
  • If selecting a county that offers more than one tag, you can designate one for private land and one for public land, both for private land or both for public land.
Here’s how to make your Farmland (Zone2) Antlerless Deer Tag selection:
  1. Go to GoWild.WI.gov and click on the Get Started box to log into your Go Wild account.
  2. After verifying all of your personal information you’ll be at your own Homepage. Scroll down to the black License heading, click on Buy Licenses.
  3. Under the black Products heading , you should see the option to receive Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tags. Click on the blue letters “Farmland (Zone 2) tags.”
  4. From there, simply click on the appropriate boxes to select the county (DMU) where you wish to use your Farmland Zone tag, and whether it will be used on public land.
  5. If you have both an archery/crossbow and gun license, you will be allowed to select tags for each.
Already purchased a license?

Hunters who have already purchased a license for hunting deer are able to select the unit and land type for Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tags and obtain a hard copy of the tag using one of the three options found below:

  • access their online Go Wild account at gowild.wi.gov, make your selections and print your tag(s);
  • request tag(s) at a DNR Service Center; or
  • request tag(s) at a license agent (this will require a $2 processing fee).
Need to purchase a license?

Hunters who have not yet purchased a license for hunting deer will be prompted to select the unit and land-type at the point of sale. Licenses may be purchased through theGo Wild website, gowild.wi.gov or at any of the more than 1,000 Go Wild license sales locations.

Hunters who have yet to determine hunting location may defer the Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless tag selection. When ready, hunters may:

  • make a tag selection online from their Go Wild account and print themselves;
  • request desired tag(s) at a local DNR Service Center; or
  • visit a license agent (this will require a $2 processing fee).

And, remember to check out the carcass tagging FAQ (visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “Tag it“) and a helpful carcass tagging slideshow for more information.

Bonus Antlerless Tags

Bonus antlerless deer tags are available for purchase starting Monday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. Bonus tags will be sold at a rate of one per person per day until sold out or until the 2016 deer hunting season ends. Bonus tags cost $12 each for Wisconsin residents, $20 each for non-residents and $5 each for youth ages 10 and 11.

For a list of units with bonus tags available for purchase, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “bonus availability.” These and all other deer hunting licenses and tags are available online through Go Wild and at DNR license sales locations.

Hunters will need to know the deer management zone, unit, and determine whether they will hunt on public or private land in order to purchase unit-specific bonus tags.

The first three days of bonus tag sales are management zone-specific and will be available as follows:

  • Aug. 15, 10 a.m. – Northern and Central Forest (Zone 1);
  • Aug. 16, 10 a.m. – Central Farmland (Zone 2);
  • Aug. 17, 10 a.m. – Southern Farmland (Zone 2); and
  • Aug. 18, 10 a.m. – remaining bonus tags (all zones).
Informational Livechats

Department staff will host a number of informational chats open to the public, with DNR wildlife, law enforcement, regulations and communications specialists present to answer questions. These chats provide an opportunity to learn more about everything from regulations to finding a place to hunt.

Hunters are encouraged to participate in the following chats leading up to this year’s 9-day gun deer opener:

  • Aug. 4 – tag availability, antlerless tags, and finding a place to hunt;
  • Aug. 10 – new regulations and hunting season forecast;
  • Aug. 16 – mentored hunt, learn to hunt, and hunt to eat programs; and
  • Nov. 10 – safety and regulations (“ask us anything”).

Each chat will begin at noon – to view a chat schedule and check out previous chats, search keyword “expert.”

Frequently Asked Questions

The department’s frequently asked questions page offers a helpful look at questions that have commonly been asked so far this fall related to deer hunting.

To view the frequently asked questions page, search keyword “deer” and select the “deer hunting resources” menu.

Email updates

Those interested in receiving email updates regarding new regulations can sign up to receive occasional email reminders about season dates, license and tag types, and other information. Visit dnr.wi.gov and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page for “subscribe for updates for DNR topics,” then follow the prompts and select a list of your choice.

For more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, search keyword “deer.”