Courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

WISCONSIN – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding hunters of their first opportunity to chase deer this fall with the opening of the 2021 archery and crossbow seasons.

These seasons run simultaneously across the state from September 18 to January 9, 2022. Archery and crossbow seasons run through January 31, 2022, in 27 deer management units in the area. agricultural and in all metro sub-units.

“We had another mild winter last year, so deer hunters in Wisconsin can look forward to increased harvesting opportunities this season,” said Jeff Pritzl, DNR Deer Program Specialist. “Whether you are hunting on public or private land, I encourage hunters to get outside and familiarize themselves with seasonal food sources, as this will influence the movement of deer in their area. “

In 2020, archery and crossbow hunters harvested over 110,000 deer, including over 64,000 males, an increase from 2019.

Those who wish to hunt with a vertical bow and crossbow can do so by paying the full price for one license and purchasing a $ 3 upgrade for the second license. A single buck buck harvest authorization will be issued to hunters who purchase both licenses.

Hunter Safety, TAB-K

The DNR urges hunters to review these Four Safety Rules (TAB-K) before enjoying archery and crossbow season:

  • Treat each bow / crossbow as if it was loaded.
  • Always point the bow / crossbow in a safe direction.
  • Be certain of your target; what is before and beyond.
  • Keep your finger on the outside of the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.

Archery Specific Safety Tips

When you go hunting during archery or crossbow season, don’t forget these additional safety tips:

  • Crossbows have a security. Immediately after cocking, always check that your bow is safe.
  • Always use the bolts / arrows recommended by the manufacturer and handle them with care.
  • Protect yourself and the arrow points with a covered arrow quiver.
  • The safest way to carry, transport, and lift or lower a crossbow from a stand is to always disarm it.
  • The safest way to disarm a crossbow is to shoot a bolt into the ground or the target.
  • Make sure that the extremities of the limbs are not blocked and that your fingers, hand or arm are not in the path of the strings at any time while the crossbow is cocked.
  • Know your range for more precision.

Bonus authorizations always available

Bonus timberless harvesting permits remain available in many counties. Bonus Timberless Harvest Authorizations can be completed using any weapon type during the appropriate season with the appropriate permit, but must be completed in the designated area, unit, and terrain type (public or private). Bonus timberless harvest authorizations are available on a first come, first served basis at a cost of $ 12 each for residents, $ 20 each for non-residents and $ 5 for young hunters under 12. years.

In 2021, a Farmland timberless harvesting authorization (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 harvest authorization with each deer license.

Hunters who have not yet purchased a deer hunting license will be asked to select the county and land type for timberless harvesting authorizations from agricultural land (Zone 2) at the time of purchase. Purchase a license online at GoWild.WI.Gov or at license outlets.

Hunters who bought their deer hunting license before June 1 can now select their authorizations to harvest agricultural land (zone 2). Hunters who have not yet determined a hunting location may defer the selection of the authorization for timberless harvesting of agricultural land (zone 2). When ready, hunters can make a harvest authorization selection online from their Go Wild account to print themselves or visit an authorized permit outlet to print, which requires a fee. $ 2 processing fee.


As a reminder, all slaughtered deer must be registered electronically before 5:00 p.m. the day after the deer is collected. GameReg is simple, fast and convenient for hunters. The system will prompt hunters to answer a series of questions, starting with the unique harvest authorization number and their date of birth.

Hunters have three options to register their deer: Online at www.GameReg.WI.Gov (fastest and easiest option); by phone at 1-844-426-3734 (1-844-GAME-REG); or electronically at a participating in-person registration station.

More information regarding electronic registration is available by visiting