MADISON - A new procedure to validate carcass tags for deer and other species is set to take effect following the spring turkey season thanks to action by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Wednesday.
The action comes before 2017 hunting, fishing, trapping and other
license sales begin March 8 through the Go Wild system, a one-stop
portal for information on all of the recreational opportunities made
possible by the sound management of Wisconsin's natural resources. With
the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Go Wild system, customers
can print tags at home or receive them through a DNR service center or
The system enables customers to manage accounts more easily and provide
proof of purchase through a personal conservation card, an authenticated
Wisconsin driver's license, a plain paper copy or a pdf display on a
mobile device such as a smartphone. The updated carcass tag procedure,
which now goes to Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature for
consideration, allows hunters and trappers to validate the tag by
removing the bottom portion rather than writing on it.
"We listened carefully to our customers following the first year of
experience with the paper carcass tags and we believe it will be easier
to simply slice off the bottom portion of the tag to validate it rather
than write on it, especially in cold, wet weather," said Kimberly
Currie, DNR customer service director. "The change takes effect
following spring turkey season and allows hunters and anglers to use
equipment they would normally carry into the field to complete
Other validation requirements will remain the same. Hunters must possess
their carcass tags while hunting or fishing for tag species and must
validate tags immediately upon harvesting. Hunters must attach the tag
to the carcass before leaving it: "If you leave it, tag it." Harvest
registration also must occur as indicated for the species through DNR's
electronic GameReg system<http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/ereg.html>, online at gamereg.wi.gov<https://gamereg.wi.gov/> (fastest and easiest method) or by phone at 1-844-426-3734.
Harvest registration is required for specific species and is critical in
helping DNR biologists evaluate populations and permit levels the
In addition to the improved tag validation procedure, the Go Wild System
includes other updates that will benefit users when sales for the 2017
license year begin March 8. Other system upgrades include:
• A streamlined conservation patron purchase process with fewer screens to navigate and better organization of products;
• The ability for conservation patrons to redeem park and forest admission privileges at DNR properties;
• Improved validation on the family fishing licenses; and
• The addition of agricultural damage and nuisance tags and harvest reporting have been added.
To learn more, visit GoWild.Wi.Gov<https://gowild.wi.gov/> or visit DNR.Wi.Gov<http://dnr.wi.gov/> and search "Go Wild<http://dnr.wi.gov/GoWild/>."
Informational resources include fact sheets, descriptions of how and
when certain forms of proof apply as well as tagging information for a
variety of game.