Hunters can look forward to additional deer hunting opportunities during late archery and crossbow seasons, as well as the antlerless-only “holiday hunt” in select deer management units.
The antlerless-only holiday hunt will be offered in 17 Farmland Zone units from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, including Door and Kewaunee counties. The holiday hunt is offered in these units based on recommendations from County Deer Advisory Councils where added opportunity to harvest antlerless deer is offered to help reach antlerless harvest goals and the county deer population objective.
Hunters may fill any unused antlerless tags in the designated deer management zone, unit and land type (public or private) printed on each tag. Only antlerless deer may be harvested in holiday hunt units with any legal firearm, crossbow or archery equipment. Units where the holiday hunt is not offered are open for archery and crossbow hunting. Bucks may be harvested only in non-Holiday Hunt units.
Successful hunters are reminded to register their deer by 5 pm on the day after harvest. Registration can be completed online by searching “GameReg” on dnr.wi.gov or call 844.426.3734.
For more information on units offering the holiday hunt, check out the interactive deer map at keyword “DMU.”
The Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey will remain active until all deer seasons have ended, and wildlife managers ask that hunters to submit a report of what they saw during their time in the field. This information will provide valuable data pertaining to Wisconsin’s deer herd and other species. For additional information, search keywords “deer hunter wildlife.”