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Madison — In its fifth year, the first-time buyer license continues to provide an opportunity to explore Wisconsin's outdoors and experience its hunting traditions at a reduced price.

Wisconsin residents who have never purchased a deer hunting license or have not purchased a Wisconsin resident deer hunting license in any of the prior 10 years can do so for as little as $5. Other certain first-time resident hunting and fishing licenses are also available at a discount with the same eligibility requirements. Certain non-resident licenses are also discounted for first-time buyers.

Successful first-time deer hunters are also reminded to fill out a first hunt certificate to commemorate time in the outdoors.

Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased and printed online at GoWild.wi.gov or purchased at over 1,100 license agents statewide who will provide a printout of the license and tags. A listing of agents arranged by county can be found at dnr.wi.gov, keywords "sales locations."

As a reminder, all hunters must:

  • carry printed carcass tags while hunting;
  • validate the tag by writing the date of harvest on the tag after killing the deer (you must have a writing utensil); and
  • register your deer via phone or online and write the confirmation on the tag (if the deer is left unattended, the tag must remain with the deer).

DNR Customer Service Representatives are available to assist the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Customers may reach customer service at 1-888-WDNR INFo (1-888-936-7463) or by e-mail at csweb@wisconsin.gov. For more information regarding the first-time license buyer program and first deer certificate, search keywords "first time buyer" and "first certificates."

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