Wisconsin has lots of great natural things to see and do. Every year, lots of people come here to hunt, fish, hike and learn about nature. Public lands are places where you can go outside and enjoy all the cool things Wisconsin has to offer.
Wisconsin is one of the top destinations for hunters looking to catch white-tailed deer. In this comprehensive guide, we'll navigate the latest season dates, regulations, and insights that define the Wisconsin deer hunting scene, ensuring you're well-equipped for a memorable and successful season.
Wisconsin Deer Hunting Season
|Archery and Crossbow Statewide Antlerless-only
|Only one antlerless deer
|Antlerless-only Holiday Hunt
|Dec. 24 -Jan. 1, 2024
|Youth Deer Hunt(Under the age of 16 )
|One buck deer and one antlerless deer
|Gun Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities
|Nov. 27 -Dec. 6
|Archery and Crossbow
|Sept. 16 -Jan. 7, 2024
Wisconsin Deer Hunting License
|Gun deer license
|Junior gun deer license
|Junior crossbow license
|Archery or crossbow upgrade
|Bonus antlerless harvest authorizations
|Mentored gun deer, archery or crossbow (11 years old or under)
If you were born on or after January 1, 1973, you'll need to provide one of the following documents to buy a hunting license:
- Your Wisconsin hunter education certificate
- Proof of a hunter safety course from another state, province, or country that's recognized by the department
- A previous year's Wisconsin hunting license with your hunter safety number printed on it
- Proof that you completed basic training in the US Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard.
Wisconsin Deer Hunting Hours
Hunting hours differ depending on the time of year and location.
In the Northern and Southern Areas of Zone A, the shooting hours for deer hunting is 30 minutes prior to sunrise until 20 minutes after sunset.
If you are hunting in other zones, based on the hunting hours of zone A, you can add the zone-specific minutes to get the opening and closing times for the specific area where you plan to hunt.
ZONE B: +4 min
ZONE C: +8 min
ZONE D: +12 min
ZONE E: +16 min
ZONE F: +20 min
The following is an example of Northern Area Deer Shooting Hours:
The following is an example of Southern Area Deer Shooting Hours:
Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations
To hunt deer in Wisconsin deer season, there are a few things that you will need. You'll need a gun deer license if you want to use a firearm to hunt deer, or an archery license if you want to use a bow and arrow.
If you want to use a crossbow, you'll need a crossbow license too. And, you'll need a valid unfilled harvest authorization, which you can get after you've purchased an upgrade if you have an archery or crossbow license and want to use both weapon types.
Hunters can use any type of ammo other than arrows, bolts, or bullets that expand when they hit an animal. They can also use air guns to hunt deer or elk.
It's illegal to take or possess an animal that someone else has legally hunted without their permission.
Dogs can be used to follow a blood trail to find a wounded animal, but they can't kill any wild animals.
In some counties, it's illegal to hunt deer over bait or feed material. Don't place deer feed at a site that bears or elk are known to use.
Make sure at least half of your clothing above the waist is blaze orange or pink during firearm deer seasons. Also, remember to cover your head with something that's at least half blaze orange or pink. It's important to be visible to other hunters and to help prevent accidents.
Four basic T-A-B-K firearm safety rules to remember:
1. Treat every firearm as if it's loaded.
2. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction, not towards anything you don't want to shoot.
3. Be sure what you're shooting at and what's beyond it.
4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you're ready to shoot.
You can hunt deer wearing a tracking collars or ear tags, but you need to call 608-935-1940 and leave a message with the ear tag numbers or collar number and your contact information after harvest.
You should register your deer through GameReg by 5 p.m. the day after recovery. You can register online or by phone.
If you're looking for some exciting deer hunting adventures in Wisconsin in 2024, you've come to the right place! Wisconsin offers a well-regulated and rewarding hunting experience with specific dates, regulations, and licensing requirements.
Check out our guide for all the details you need to know to make your hunting trip a success. Make sure to stay informed and prepared to make the most of your time in the woods this year!