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Bonus antlerless tags, state park deer permits available

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Bonus antlerless deer carcass tags for regular deer management units, and hunting access permits for all Wisconsin state park deer management units go on sale at noon Aug. 20.

Tags and permits are sold at the rate of one per person per day until sold out or the hunting season ends. A list of units and number of tags available online at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/cs/BonusAvailability.htm.

Tags and permits can be purchased online at https://jc.activeoutdoorsolutions.com/wi_public/goHome.do.

They can also be purchased at licensing sales locations or by calling (877) 945-4236.

Deer hunters are encouraged to check the 2011 deer management unit designations map or in the 2011 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations booklet for the units they plan to hunt in this fall.

This season, 30 regular deer management units have bonus antlerless carcass tags available. To take an antlerless deer, hunters must purchase a unit-specific $12 adult resident antlerless deer carcass tag, a $5 tag for 10-11 year olds or $20 tag for adult nonresident.

Eight regular DMUs are designated as buck only to encourage herd growth. Some exceptions may apply to qualified members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are home on furlough or leave, and Class A and C disabled permit hunters and youth ages 10 through 17 who have an unused statewide antlerless deer carcass tag.

Every gun and archery deer hunting license will include an antlerless carcass tag valid for units designated as Herd Control or Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD units have unlimited earn-a-buck (EAB) rules.

Those planning to hunt in any of the 12 state parks that require access permits for deer hunting, should purchase permits early because many units sell out quickly.

Purchasing a deer hunting license before Aug. 20 can speed up the permit purchasing process, since hunters must obtain a deer hunting license before they can purchase a bonus antlerless tag or state park access permit. Hunters can check for tag or access permit availability on the DNR website. Tag and permit availability is updated regularly.

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