Know your zones! Use the new interactive map to determine which rules apply where you hunt

MADISON – Before heading into the woods this deer season, hunters should be sure to check out the online deer zone and management unit map to see which counties are classified as split Deer Management Units (DMU) in 2016.

“It’s very important that hunters properly register their deer if hunting in one of the split counties,” said Kevin Wallenfang, big game ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “We saw some problems with this last year, so we added a number to the naming this year in hopes that it would help hunters understand that we are looking for information about a specific zone where they shot the deer, rather than in a habitat type.”

A split DMU is one of nine counties that are divided between two separate Deer Management Zones.  Wisconsin is broken into four Deer Management Zones, two of which are forest zones and two being farmland zones. When registering a deer harvested in a split DMU, hunters will need to indicate whether the deer was harvested in the Forest (Zone 1) or Farmland (Zone 2) portion of the county.

“It seems that for some hunters, if they were standing in the woods when they shot a deer, they thought we were asking about the habitat type,” Wallenfang said.  “We need them to look at the regulations map and know exactly where they were when the question comes up.  It has long-term implications about deer management in their county.”

The following counties are split between two different zones in 2016:

  • Marinette;
  • Oconto;
  • Clark;
  • Eau Claire;
  • Jackson;
  • Monroe;
  • Juneau;
  • Adams; and
  • Wood.

Hunters are encouraged to visit the frequently asked questions page for more information. The FAQ feature provides brief responses to a wide variety of deer hunting questions, ranging from deer management unit boundaries to antlerless permits.

DNR Call center staff is available seven days a week (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) to answer any questions. Call toll free 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463). Bilingual operators and publications are also available.

For more information regarding Deer Management Units, visit the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword “deer.”