Deer Hunting in Wisconsin

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  • B
  • 1,000,000

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 852,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $24

    A gun license for residents is $24; a bow license is $24.

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $160

    Non-resident gun tag is $160; non-resident bow tag is $160.

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 206 1/8"

    Taken by James Jordan in Burnett County in 1914, ranked No. 2 of all time.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 1266

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 253"

    Taken by Elmer Gotz in Buffalo County in 1973.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 498

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

Kellen Binger with a fine Wisconsin whitetail. (Photo courtesy of Kellen Binger)

Season Dates (2019):

Archery and crossbow season is September 14 to January 5 (but runs through January 31 in some units). Youth season is October 5 to 6 and the disabled season runs October 5 to 13. Gun season is November 23 to December 11. Muzzleloader season is December 2 to 11. The statewide antlerless season is December 12 to 15. Lastly, the holiday hunt runs December 24 to January 1. These are the dates set when published, please check the state DNR's website to confirm.

The Grade: B

People weren't happy when Wisconsin received a B the first go around. I know, it's the top producer of Booners in the land. Doesn't matter. Wisconsin has again earned a B.

So why the downgrade? Chronic Wasting Disease. CWD continues to spread and people don't seem to be taking it seriously. Pressure from the hunting community as well as recommendations from the state's "deer czars" have led to less regulations against the disease.

On the flip side, the state has nearly 6 million acres of public land with a robust commercial forest program that allows public hunting access to private lands enrolled in that program. Because of that, Wisconsin is a terrific DIY state. Not only that but also the non-resident tags are affordable. It's hard to beat that price.

Antler Nation Knowledge:

Wisconsin is home of the World Record typical whitetail, depending on what scoring system you choose to believe. The Johhny King buck, killed in 2006, has caused all manner of controversy over how typical points should be calculated. Some argue the King Buck is getting a raw deal from Boone & Crockett and, if scored properly, would topple Milo Hanson's long-standing record.

Wisconsin Harvests

  • Logan Moser

    Vernon, Wisconsin

  • Josh Glende

    Nelson , Wisconsin

From the Realtree Trophy Den