Hunting Regulations Summary
Baiting and Equipment
- Bait use for deer hunting is prohibited.
- Legal equipment must be used for big game (refer to legal equipment PDF).
- Firearm users must employ legal ammunition for big game.
Deer Identification and Legality
- Legal bucks require a minimum antler length of 3 inches.
- Button bucks, with undeveloped antlers, are not considered legal bucks.
- Antlerless deer defined as lacking a 3-inch long antler.
- Ability to differentiate between deer and elk is crucial.
- Archery deer license holders permitted to hunt deer using crossbows during archery season.
- Hunters aged 10 and above may use crossbows.
- Archery harvest registration may inquire about the type of bow used.
Blaze Orange Mandate
- Ground blinds on public land must exhibit blaze orange (details in blaze orange PDF).
Deer Permit Area Changes
- New numbering: 343 to 643, 344 to 644, and 184 to 684, all added to CWD management zone.
Youth Hunting Regulations
- Youth hunting license holders may not have their game tagged by others in their party.
Portable Deer Stand Provision
- Overnight placement of portable deer stands allowed in designated northwest wildlife management areas (details in deer stands PDF).
Liability for Escaped Farmed Game
- No owner liability for legally harvested escaped farmed deer or elk; DNR must be notified within 24 hours for tagged game.
Non-toxic Ammunition Protocol
- Mandatory use of non-toxic ammunition in special and disease management hunts within State Parks and Scientific and Natural Areas (further information in nontoxic ammunition PDF and SNA hunting PDF).