Hunters must register deer harvests

Tagging rules have changed but registration requirements have not. Lucky hunters are still required to register their harvested deer electronically by 5 p.m. the day after being recovered.

The GameReg system is simple, fast and convenient for hunters.

“Since its launch in 2014, most hunters have adjusted well to using the electronic registration options,” says Kevin Wallenfang, big-game ecologist for the DNR.

“The simplicity and convenience has resulted in high compliance of registration requirements but we also continue to offer walk-in registration opportunities at hundreds of locations around the state,” Wallenfang added.

Hunters have three options for registering: online at (fastest and easiest option); by phone at 1-844-426-3734 (1-844-GAME-REG); or at a walk-in registration site where the process will be completed electronically. A full list of registration sites can be found on the department web site.

The GameReg system will prompt hunters to answer a series of questions, beginning with the deer tag number and the hunter’s date of birth.

For more information regarding electronic game registration, search “GameReg.”

Even with the recent elimination of the requirement to carry paper deer carcass tags, hunters are still required to carry proof of their deer tags, and fill those tags only within the deer management unit and zone designated on the tag.

Hunters have several options as to how they carry proof of their deer tags including paper copies, a DNR issued Conservation Card, a GoWild validated Wisconsin driver’s license, or a GoWild digital file as proof of tags. The deer tag number is an important component of registering their deer.

Hunters also no longer are required to validate their tag, attach the tag to their deer or keep their used deer tag after the animal is processed.

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