Ministry of Natural Resources: Bonus antlerless deer harvest permits for 2022 available for purchase August 15

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that additional non-timber harvest permits will be available for purchase beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, August 15 online through the Go Wild Licensing Portal and in licensing outlets.

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

Bonus Antlerless Harvest Permits, formerly known as Tags, are available for purchase at all Deer Management Units (DMUs) for the 2022 season.

Bonus Permits are sold for one per person per day while supplies last or until the end of the 2022 deer hunting season. Bonus Permits are $12 each for Wisconsin residents , $20 each for non-residents and $5 each for youth 11 and under.

A list of units with bonus timberless harvest permits available for purchase is available on the MNR website here.

Every day at 9:45 a.m. an online queuing system will be set up to manage the volume. At 10 a.m., all online users waiting on the Go Wild system will be randomly assigned a number and placed in a virtual queue.

There is no benefit for customers who enter the site before 9:45 am. Please note that customers entering the site after randomization at 10am will be added to the end of the virtual queue in the order in which they arrive.

When you access Go Wild, follow the prompts until you reach your custom dashboard. To purchase a bonus woodless harvest license, click the “Buy Licenses” button on the dashboard to open the sales catalog. From there, you’ll find “Bonus Antlerless Harvest Authorization” at the very top of the list. If you weren’t lucky enough to get your license ahead of time, you can purchase one after selecting the bonus Woodless Harvest Permission in Go Wild.

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

The first three days of bonus sales are specific to the management zone, and the fourth day is open to all zones:

  • August 15, 10 a.m. – Forest areas (North and Center).
  • August 16, 10 a.m. – Central agricultural zone.
  • August 17, 10 a.m. – Southern agricultural zone.
  • August 18, 10 a.m. – All available zones.

As a reminder, a minimum of one authorization to harvest without wood Agricultural land (Zone 2) is included with each purchase of a deer hunting license in the units that offer them. Some units will offer more than one antlerless deer permit with each deer permit.

For more information on deer hunting in Wisconsin, visit the DNR webpage here.

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