Bonus antlerless harvest authorizations, formerly known as tags, will be available for purchase starting Monday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m., through gowild.wi.gov and license sales locations across the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Bonus antlerless harvest authorizations will be sold at a rate of one per person per day until sold out or until the 2018 deer hunting season ends. The cost is $12 each for Wisconsin residents, $20 each for nonresidents and $5 each for youths age 11 and younger.

Bonus antlerless harvest authorizations available for this area include: Vilas, 400 public tags and 1,000 private tags; Oneida, 800 public and 1,900 private; and Forest, 100 public and 200 private.

Deer hunting licenses and harvest authorizations are available online through gowild.wi.gov or at any of more than 1,000 Go Wild license sales locations.

To prepare for the sale, each day, at 9:45 a.m., an online queuing system will be put in place to manage volume in the Go Wild system. At 10 a.m., all online users that are on the site will be randomly assigned a number and staged into a “virtual” line regardless of the actual time they entered into the system. There is no advantage for customers who enter the site before 9:45 a.m. 

Note that customers who enter the site after the randomization that occurs at 10 a.m. will be added to the end of the “virtual” line in the order in which they arrive. All visitors to the site during this time period will experience the queuing system.

When hunters access the Go Wild site, they will follow the prompts until they reach their personalized dashboard. To purchase a bonus antlerless harvest authorization, click the “Buy Licenses” button from the dashboard to open the sales catalog. From there, hunters will find the Bonus Antlerless Harvest Authorization at the very top of the list. If they haven’t had the chance to get their license in advance, Go Wild can help the hunter purchase one after they select the Bonus Antlerless Harvest Authorization.

Hunters will need to know the deer management zone, the unit, and determine whether they will hunt on public or private land in order to make their purchase.

The first three days of bonus sales are management zone-specific and will be available Aug. 13, at 10 a.m., Northern and Central Forest (Zone 1); Aug. 14, 10 a.m., Central Farmland (Zone 2); Aug. 15, 10 a.m., Southern Farmland (Zone 2); and Aug. 16, 10 a.m., remaining bonus harvest authorizations for all zones.

As a reminder, Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorizations are now available for distribution. A Farmland (Zone 2) antlerless harvest authorization is included with the purchase of each deer hunting license in units that offer them. Some units will offer more than one authorization with each deer license.

For more information regarding deer hunting in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov.