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Bonus antlerless deer harvest authorizations on sale Aug. 15

Bonus antlerless deer harvest authorizations on sale Aug. 15

By Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Bonus antlerless harvest authorizations will be available for purchase at 10 a.m. Aug. 15 at license sales locations and the GoWild license portal.

Deer population levels vary throughout the state, and antlerless harvest opportunities vary by management zone. This allows for greater harvest opportunities where deer are abundant and a more conservative harvest where deer are fewer in number.

Bonus antlerless harvest authorizations, formerly known as tags, are available for purchase in all deer management units (DMUs) for the 2022 season.

Bonus authorizations are sold at a rate of one per person per day until sold out or until the 2022 deer hunting season ends. Bonus authorizations are $12 each for Wisconsin residents, $20 each for non-residents and $5 each for youth ages 11 and under.

A list of units with bonus antlerless harvest authorizations is available for purchase online.

Each day at 9:45 a.m., an online queuing system will be put in place to manage volume. At 10 a.m., all online users waiting on the Go Wild system 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. Customers who enter the site after the randomization at 10 a.m. will be added to the end of the virtual queue in the order in which they arrive.

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 to make their purchase.

The first three days of bonus sales are management zone-specific, and the fourth day is open to all zones: Aug. 15, 10 a.m. Forest Zones (Northern and Central); Aug. 16, 10 a.m. Central Farmland Zone; Aug. 17, 10 a.m. Southern Farmland Zone; Aug. 18, 10 a.m. All zones available.

A minimum of one Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorization is included with each deer hunting license purchase in units that offer them. Some units will offer more than one antlerless deer harvest authorization with each deer license.

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