Hunting Season Reminders

Hunters across Wisconsin are gearing up and heading out for the state’s famed gun deer season, going on now and running through Nov. 27.

Wisconsin is a nationally-recognized state for hunting white-tailed deer with an abundant herd and a proven reputation for producing some of the largest bucks in the world. Nothing beats this unique hunting experience for all levels to find their adventure afield.

As of 10 a.m. Nov. 18, sales for gun, bow, crossbow, sports and patron licenses reached 665,661. Of that total, 310,862 are for gun privileges only.

Don’t forget to tag the DNR or use the hashtag #WildWisconsin on social media to share how the season is going for you.

Hunter Safety

It’s important for all hunters to do their part to keep Wisconsin a safe place to hunt by following these firearm safety rules:

  • T – Treat every firearm as if it is loaded
  • A – Always point the muzzle in a safe direction
  • B – Be certain of your target, what’s before it and what’s beyond it
  • K – Keep your finger outside your trigger guard until you are safe to shoot

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must have a hunter education certification to purchase a hunting license unless hunting under the Mentored Hunting Law. Learn more about safe hunting in Wisconsin and register to take a hunter education course on the DNR website.

Deer Harvest Registration – GameReg

All harvested deer must be registered electronically by 5 p.m. the day after the deer is recovered. GameReg is simple, fast and convenient for hunters. The system will prompt hunters to answer a series of questions. A unique harvest authorization number is required.

Hunters have three options to register their deer:

Proper registration provides accurate harvest data for DNR wildlife managers and County Deer Advisory Councils for the management of deer in Wisconsin.

Visit the DNR’s GameReg Electronic Game Registration webpage for more information.

Additional Hunter Resources

The DNR offers hunters a variety of resources for a successful season: