Are you ready for the season?

Gun deer season starts this weekend!

Are you ready for the season?

Curt Rollman

Northern District CWD Surveillance

This year, as part of rotating chronic wasting disease surveillance, the DNR will be concentrating on sampling in the northern district in addition to areas around past CWD positives.

Hunter participation is key to this effort, and we need your help providing samples from the northern 18 counties.

Find more information about sampling your deer here.


Make your Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorization selection online in GoWild if you haven’t already

One or more antlerless harvest authorizations valid in a Farmland Zone DMU are included with each deer license, but you must select the zone, DMU, and land type (public or private) at the time of purchase or later (before hunting).

If you did not complete at the time you purchased your deer license, here’s how to make your Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorization selection from your online account. (Use the picture-guide tutorial to walk you through the 3 steps to obtain your free Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorizations).

If you cannot access your online account, you may visit a local DNR Service Center to obtain your harvest authorizations at no cost or visit a license agent, which will require a $2 processing fee.

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Download the Hunt Wild App

Before heading out into the field this deer season, download the Hunt Wild App, which gives you access to maps, regulations, shooting hours and more.

Because you may not have service out in the middle of the woods, make sure to download your maps while you have a strong Wi-Fi or cellular signal.

Click here to download the app.


Buy your license today!

You can buy your gun deer license online at or at a license sales location.

buy license here


Wild Wisconsin bonus episodes

In addition to six episodes of Wild Wisconsin, the Hunting Public hosted four bonus segments this year, including interesting segments with helpful tips for hunting private land, deer nutrition and the deer donation program.

Click here to watch the full season on our YouTube page.


Properly dispose of deer carcasses

Before you head out into the field this fall, have a plan to dispose of your deer carcass if your hunt is successful.

The infectious nature of CWD prions contributes to an increased risk of introduction and spread of CWD if deer carcasses are not disposed of correctly.

We recommend disposing of a carcass in a landfill that accepts deer carcasses, in a dumpster designated for deer carcass waste or at a transfer station. If none of these options are available, and the deer was harvested on private land, burying the deer carcass waste or returning it to the location of harvest with private land owner’s permission is the next best option.

Click here to find a disposal site near you.

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