The DNR reminds hunters to make safety their number one target as they head out into the field this gun deer season. / Photo Credit: iStock/Lynn_Bystrom
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters to make safety their number one target as they head out into the field this gun deer season.
Nine firearm-involved injuries and one fatality were reported during the 2020 nine-day gun deer season. Wisconsin’s 10-year average for hunting incidents during the gun deer season is 6.8. Most of the incidents are a result of the unsafe handling of a loaded gun by hunters who have had hunting experience.
Hunters can do their part to keep Wisconsin a safe place to hunt by following these firearm safety rules:
- T – Treat every firearm as if it is loaded
- A – Always point the muzzle in a safe direction
- B – Be certain of your target, what’s before it, and what’s beyond it
- K – Keep your finger outside your trigger guard until you are safe to shoot
Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must have a hunter education certification to purchase a hunting license unless hunting under the Mentored Hunting Law. To learn more about safe hunting in Wisconsin and to register to take a hunter education course, visit the DNR website here.
DNR Violation Hotline
Anyone with information regarding natural resource violations may confidentially file a report by visiting this website or calling or texting 1-800-847-9367. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained staff will relay the information to conservation wardens for further investigation.
All harvested deer must be registered electronically by 5 p.m. the day after the deer is recovered. GameReg is simple, fast and convenient for hunters. The system will prompt hunters to answer a series of questions. A unique harvest authorization number is required.
Hunters have three options to register their deer:
- Online at GameReg.WI.Gov (fastest and easiest option)
- By phone at 1-844-426-3734
- Electronically at a participating in-person registration station