Tagging Guidelines and Instructions for Deer

ALL DEER MUST BE TAGGED immediately after harvest before moving from the point of kill.

Resident Archery Hunters may use any of their date specific antlerless tags to take antlerless deer on any day during ARCHERY ONLY or PRIMITIVE WEAPONS ONLY seasons beginning September 15. The archery notation, actual date & game zone must be validated on the tag. Once used these tags would no longer be available for use later in the season on the designated date.

Measurement Procedures & Standards for Antlered Deer

For the 2 Optional Antler Restriction Tags a deer must have a minimum of 4 points on one antler OR a minimum 12” inside antler spread.

  1. A point is defined as a projection that is at least one inch long. Points are measured starting at base where it arises from the top of the beam or another point. (Fig. 1)
  2. Inside antler spread is measured at a right angle (perpendicular) to the center line of the skull at its widest point between the main beams. (Fig. 2)

Illustration of Deer Antlered Restrictions


2017-2018 Deer Seasons and Bag Limits

Statewide Private Lands Limit, Antlered Bucks:

Residents: 2 per day, 5 total all seasons & methods combined
Nonresidents: 2 per day, 4 total all seasons & methods combined

Statewide WMA Limit:

2 deer per day, 5 deer total, no more than 2 bucks, unless otherwise specified.
Refer to individual WMA Regulations for season dates.

Game Zone 1

(Private Lands)
Antlered Buck Limit: Statewide limits apply.
Antlerless Limit: 2 per day, 4 total all seasons and methods combined.
Primitive Weapons: Oct. 1 - 10
Gun Hunts: Oct. 11 - Jan. 1

Game Zone 2

(Private Lands)
Antlered Buck Limit: Statewide limits apply.
Antlerless Limit: 2 per day, 5 total all seasons and methods combined.
Archery Only: Sept. 15-30
Primitive Weapons: Oct. 1-10
Gun Hunts: Oct. 11 - Jan. 1

Game Zone 3

(Private Lands)
Antlered Buck Limit: Statewide limits apply.
Antlerless Limit: 2 per day, no harvest prior to Sept. 15
Archery & Gun Hunts: Aug. 15 - Jan. 1

Game Zone 4

(Private Lands)
Antlered Buck Limit: Statewide limits apply.
Antlerless limit: 2 per day, no harvest prior to Sept. 15
Archery Only: Aug. 15 - 31
Gun Hunts: Sept. 1-Jan. 1

Statewide Youth Day

Private lands: Jan. 6, daily limits apply, tags required.