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D-Day June 6, 1944

D-Day: June 6, 1944

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We salute our veterans

flagThe Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wishes to thank our military service members who have fought for our freedoms and preserving some of Wisconsin's most precious pastime traditions. We would like to show our veterans our appreciation by extending some privileges that may make it easier for them to enjoy those past times.

Purple Heart

Purple Heart

Senate Bill 178 signed by Governor Walker on November 8, 2013 authorizes resident and nonresident Purple Heart medal recipients who exhibit proof they received a Purple Heart medal to purchase a Conservation Patron license at a reduced rate (Resident - $10, Nonresident - $161). In addition, a nonresident Purple Heart recipient who exhibits proof they have received a Purple Heart medal may receive hunting, fishing and trapping approvals at resident rates.

Purple Heart recipients who wish to receive the reduced price CP license or licenses at resident rates are required to produce documentation at a DNR Service Center. Once proof of having received a purple heart is verified at a DNR Service Center and recorded in the customer's record, the customer may purchase their reduced rate licenses at any licensing agent.

Proof of having received a Purple Heart medal includes exhibiting one of the following original documents issued to the resident or nonresident veteran with the Purple Heart medal listed:

  • DD-214, the Department of Defense "Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty" form issued to every serviceperson who has separated from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp or Coast Guard
  • DD-215, Department of Defense form used to make corrections or add omissions to the original DD-214
  • Official document of separation from military branch

Residents may present certified copies of their DD-214 or DD-215 from the National Archives and Records Administration , County Veterans Service Officers, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, or County Clerk. Nonresidents may present certified copies of their DD-214 or DD-215 from the National Archives and Records Administration, their state veterans agency, or County Clerk.

2015 Wisconsin Act 98 passed; expanded awarded permit transfer opportunity

Residents and nonresident Purple Heart medal recipients who exhibit proof they received a Purple Heart medal are eligible to receive a one-time transfer of a Class A Bear license. Visit awarded permit transfers for details.

Returning Vets

Returning Vets

Free small game, archery, gun deer or annual fishing license

2013 Wisconsin Act 20 authorizes recently returning Wisconsin resident veterans to receive a one-time free small game, archery, gun deer or annual fishing license. Veterans who wish to receive a free hunting or fishing license must first contact the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to determine their eligibility for this program. Eligible veterans will receive a voucher code that may be redeemed at the DNR within 365 days of discharge. Voucher codes may be redeemed in one of two ways:

  1. In person at any DNR Service Center, or
  2. By calling the DNR Call Center at 1-888-WNDRINFo (1-888-936-7463) to receive your free license by mail or to arrange for pick up at any DNR Service Center.

Eligibility

Veteran's eligibility-related questions should be directed to the WDVA's Veterans Benefits Resource Center via web chat [exit DNR], email or phone 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).

Eligibility is based upon the requirements within 2013 Wisconsin Act 20 which defines a qualified veteran is a Wisconsin resident who is one of the following:

  1. A veteran, as defined in s. 45.01 (12) (a) to (f), who served in a war period
  2. A member of a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces or of the national guard, as defined in 32 USC 101 (3), who has served in a war period* and who has served under honorable conditions for at least one year beginning on the member's date of enlistment in a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces or in the national guard.
  3. A person who served in a war period who was discharged from a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces or from the national guard, as defined in 32 USC 101(3) if that discharge was an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.

*For this benefit, a "war period" means any of the following:

    (a) A period between September 11, 2001, and the ending date of Operation Enduring Freedom or an operation that is a successor to Operation Enduring Freedom, as established by the Department of Veterans Affairs by rule.
    (b) A period between March 19, 2003, and the ending date of Operation Iraqi Freedom or an operation that is a successor to Operation Iraqi Freedom, as established by the Department of Veterans Affairs by rule.

Professional Licenses

Professional Licenses

Effective July 1, 2012, veterans may qualify for a one-time fee waiver for an occupational or professional license. To find out if you qualify for the fee waiver program or to find a complete list of eligible Wisconsin licenses visit Department of Veterans Affairs [exit DNR]. Veteran's eligibility related questions should be directed to the Veteran's Benefit Resource Center via web chat [exit DNR], email or phone 1-800-947-8387.

Department licenses that qualify for a veterans license fee waiver are listed below.

Disabled Vet/Former POW

Disabled Vet/Former POW

Free passes to Wisconsin state parks and forests

Certain Wisconsin resident disabled veterans and former prisoners of war are eligible to receive waivers of vehicle admission and trail pass fees. To apply for this fee waiver, follow the instructions below.

  1. Download and complete the Disabled Veteran Free State Park/Forest/Trail Pass Application [PDF]
  2. Take the completed application to your County Veteran Service Officer [exit DNR] (CVSO) to certify. The application must be signed and stamped by the CVSO.
  3. Mail the certified application to:

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
    Bureau of Parks and Recreation
    101 S Webster St
    PO Box 7921
    Madison WI 53707

  4. The Bureau of Parks and Recreation will mail you an identification card to be presented each time you visit a state park, forest or recreation area. The park, forest or recreation area will then issue a courtesy pass for the day. When using state trails requiring a trail pass, carry the identification card with you.

Additional privileges for Wisconsin resident disabled veterans

Names Wisconsin Resident Disabled Veteran Recreation Card Wisconsin Resident Disabled Veteran Fishing License Wisconsin Resident Disabled Veteran or Former POW Park Admission Card
Eligibility Receiving disability compensation benefits due to a disability rating of at least 50% or greater for a service-related disability or is individually unemployable Receiving disability compensation benefits due to a disability rating of at least 70% or greater for a service-related disability, is individually unemployable or is receiving non-service related VA pension benefits At least 70% disabled, service related OR former POW
Privileges Fishing, Small Game, Park admission and Trail pass Fishing only Park admission and Trail pass
Cost $7 $3 Free
Time Annual (license year) Annual (license year) 2 year or Lifetime
Photo ID Present photo ID to agent Present photo ID to agent Present photo ID to County Service Vet Officer
Documents required Provide 1 of the following required documents:
  • copy of decision/award letter presented to agent; OR
  • DNR-issued Wisconsin Resident Disabled Veteran or Former POW Park Admission Card.
Provide 1 of the following required documents:
  • copy of decision/award letter presented to agent; OR
  • DNR-issued Wisconsin Resident Disabled Veteran or Former POW Park Admission Card.
Provide all of the following required documents:
  • copy of decision/award letter indicating at least 70% service-related disability, presented to County Service Veteran Officer; AND
  • copy of Dept. of Defense form 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" presented to County Service Veteran Officer; AND
  • DNR Form 2500-123 [PDF] signed by CSVO.
Issued by License sales locations License sales locations Madison Bureau of Parks Department

Armed Forces

Armed Forces

Wisconsin law extends many privileges for hunting, fishing and trapping to active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Wisconsin National Guard or Reserves for both residents and nonresidents. Different sections of Wisconsin statutes authorize these privileges, each with their own qualifications. To learn more, see Armed Forces hunting privileges.

Last revised: Thursday January 14 2016