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Bonus antlerless authorizations on sale mid-August

Bonus antlerless authorizations on sale mid-August

By Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The final 2020 deer season structure and antlerless harvest authorization levels has been approved. Deer hunting licenses are currently on sale for the 2020 deer seasons.

One or more Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless deer harvest authorizations are included with the purchase of each deer hunting license and are available for selection through GoWild license system.

Hunters can review the list of units with bonus antlerless harvest authorizations available for purchase here.

These and all other deer hunting licenses and harvest authorizations are available online through the Go Wild website or at many authorized license sales locations. DNR customer service centers, including counter sales, remain closed.

Bonus antlerless harvest authorizations are available for purchase starting Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. through GoWild.
The first three days of bonus sales are management zone-specific and will be available Aug. 17, 10 a.m. Northern and Central Forest (Zone 1); Aug. 18, 10 a.m. Central Farmland (Zone 2); Aug. 19, 10 a.m. Southern Farmland (Zone 2); and Aug. 20, 10 a.m. for remaining bonus harvest authorizations (all zones).

Bonus antlerless harvest authorizations are available for purchase in all but three deer management units for the 2020 season including Forest County and the Forest Management Zone portions of Marinette and Oconto counties.

Bonus authorization are sold at a rate of one per person per day until sold out or until the 2020 deer hunting season ends. The cost is $12 each for Wisconsin residents, $20 each for nonresidents and $5 each for youth ages 11 and under.

Each day at 9:45 a.m., an online queuing system will be in place to manage volume in the GoWild system. At 10 a.m. all online users that are on the site will be randomly assigned a number and staged into a virtual queue.

There is no advantage for customers who enter the site before 9:45 a.m. Please note that customers who enter the site after the randomization that occurs at 10 a.m. will be added to the end of the virtual queue in the order in which they arrive. All visitors to the site during this time period will be entered into the queuing system.

Hunters will need to know the deer management zone and unit in which they intend to hunt. They will also need to determine whether they will hunt on public or private land in order to make their purchase.

As a reminder, Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorizations are now available for distribution. A Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorization is included with the purchase of each deer hunting license in units that offer them. Some units will offer more than one antlerless deer harvest authorization with each deer license.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health situation, counter service at all DNR service centers is unavailable. Hunters are encouraged to purchase harvest authorizations online. DNR Customer Service Representatives are also available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily by calling (888)936-7463.

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