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For information on permit or harvest authorization transfers, contact:
Customer Service
1-888-936-7463

Awarded permit or harvest authorization transfers

A person authorized to purchase a license for a permit or harvest authorization issued under a cumulative preference drawing, may transfer their awarded permit or harvest authorization to another who meets the required qualifications.

Transferee:

(person receiving permit or harvest authorization)

  • Transferee will retain all preference points that he/she has previously accumulated.
  • Transferee must be eligible to use the approval being transferred.
  • A social security number is required the first time an applicant applies for a hunting, fishing or trapping license. Once provided, the department will issue a DNR customer number that may be provided in the future.
  • Transferees are limited to a one-time transfer per permit or harvest authorization type, with the exception of wolf and deceased transfers (see information tabs below for details).
  • License fees: no license fees are required to be submitted at time of application. Transferee will be notified by the department of application review completion. After completion, the transferee shall pay the license fees at time of license purchase.

Transferor:

(person supplying permit or harvest authorization)

  • Transferor of the license will lose the preference points that they have accumulated.
  • Transferor may not receive payment or consideration for the transfer of the approval.
  • Transferor must not be subject to any suspension or revocation that prevents the exercise of DNR privileges.
  • License Fees: The Transferor is NOT required to purchase the license approval before submitting the transfer request. The Transferee shall pay the fees at the time of the license purchase.
    1. o Transferors, who have purchase their license, must submit their license along with the transfer application. Qualified refund requests will be issued for the original license purchase.

General information:

  • Permit or harvest authorization transfers are only granted for permits or harvest authorizations issued under a cumulative preference drawing.
  • Permits or harvest authorizations issued under the cumulative preference drawings include: bear, spring turkey, fall turkey, upriver sturgeon, sharp-tailed grouse, bobcat, otter, fisher and wolf.
  • Both residents and non-residents may transfer or be transferred a permit or harvest authorization.
  • There is no transaction fee for the transfer.
  • All transfer applications are final.

Minors (Youth)

Minors (Youth)

Transfer applications are available at DNR Service Centers or by downloading Transfer Awarded Approval to Minors/Disabilities [PDF].

Eligible permit or harvest authorization transfer types:

  • Bear
  • Spring turkey
  • Fall turkey
  • Upriver Sturgeon Spearing
  • Sharp-tailed grouse
  • Bobcat
  • Otter
  • Fisher
  • Wolf

Qualifications:

  • A minor is defined as a person less than 18 years of age. Transferee must be under the age of 18 at time of application submission.
  • Upriver sturgeon spearing applicants must be at least age 12 years old at the beginning of the spearing season or turn 12 during the season.
  • Licenses cannot be issued to the transferee until the minimum age requirements are met. Minors who do not meet minimum age requirements until after the beginning of the season will be mailed notification of the successful transfer. Once minimum age requirements are met, the minor may purchase their license or take the notification to a DNR Service Center to obtain their license.
    Note: Please see information tabs for deceased and wolf transfer to minors.

Hunter safety requirements:

Transferees born on or after January 1, 1973 who do not wish to hunt under the mentor program must provide a photocopy of the transferee's state-issued hunter education certificate.

  • Transferees under age 12 AND applicants who have not completed a state certified hunter education course are required to hunt under the mentored hunting rules.

To find a hunter safety class near you, visit our safety education page.

Application submission and deadlines:

Upriver sturgeon spearing transfers will be processed starting October 1 but must be received at least 15 days before the start of the spearing season.

All other applications must be received at least 15 days before the start of the hunting season for which the license or permit/harvest authorization is valid.

Mail application and required documents to:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Attn: Permit Transfers - CS/1
PO Box 7924
Madison, WI 53707

Persons with disabilities

Persons with disabilities

Transfer applications are available at DNR Service Centers or by downloading Transfer Awarded Approval to Minors/Disabilities [PDF].

Eligible permit or harvest authorization transfer types:

  • Bear
  • Spring turkey
  • Fall turkey
  • Upriver Sturgeon Spearing
  • Sharp-tailed grouse
  • Bobcat
  • Otter
  • Fisher
  • Wolf

Qualifications:

  • Transferee must hold a valid Class A, Class B, Class C or Class D disability permit issued by the Department at the time of transfer application and at least 15 days prior to the start of the season.
  • Transferee must indicate the disability permit type issued and expiration on page 1 of the application.
  • Hunting license applicants must be at least 10 years old at the beginning of the hunting season or turn 10 during the season.
  • Upriver sturgeon Spearing applicants must be at least age 12 years old at the beginning of the spearing season or turn 12 during the season.
  • Licenses cannot be issued to the transferee until the minimum age requirements are met (Hunting licenses at age 10, sturgeon spearing at age 12). Minors who do not meet minimum age requirements until after the beginning of the season will be mailed notification of the successful transfer. Once minimum age requirements are met, the minor may purchase their license or take the notification to a DNR Service Center to obtain their license.

Hunter safety requirements:

Transferees born on or after January 1, 1973 who do not wish to hunt under the mentor program must provide a photocopy of the transferee's state-issued hunter education certificate.

  • Transferees ages 10-11 AND applicants who have not completed a state certified hunter education course are required to hunt under the mentored hunting rules.
  • Anyone who presents a copy of their military ID or other proof of completing basic training (including the state in which they completed the training) in the US Armed forces, Reserves or National Guard is exempt from hunter education.

To find a hunter safety class near you, visit our safety education page.

Application submission and deadlines:

Upriver sturgeon spearing transfers will be processed starting October 1 but must be received at least 15 days before the start of the spearing season.

All other applications must be received at least 15 days before the start of the hunting season for which the license or permit or harvest authorization is valid.

Mail application and required documents to:
Wisconsin department of Natural Resources
Attn: Permit Transfers - CS/1
PO Box 7924
Madison, WI 53707

Active Duty and Purple Heart

Active Duty Military and Purple Heart

Transfer applications are available at DNR Service Centers or by downloading Class A Bear Transfer Application [PDF].

Eligible permit or harvest authorization transfer types:

  • Bear

Qualifications:

Active Duty Military
  • Person serving on ACTIVE DUTY in the US Armed Forces at time of transfer application and at least 15 days prior to the start of the season.

Active Duty Service Armed Forces means: Full-time employment as a member of the armed services and does not include annual summer training by members of the National Guard or Reserves. Persons who are a member of a unit incorporated into the Armed Forces, such as ACTIVATED National Guard/Reserve units will qualify.

Documentation Requirements: Provide a copy of a Common Access Card (CAC) that indicates active duty service on it or a copy of an Active Duty Orders showing the dates of their active service.

Purple Heart Recipient:
  • A person who is serving or has served in the US Armed Forces and was awarded a Purple Heart.

Documentation Requirements: Present in person, an original or certified copy of a DD-214, DD-215, official document of separation from military branch, enlisted record brief or officer record brief showing receipt of a Purple Heart Award to a DNR Service Center.

  • Transferees who have NOT previously verified their original/certified documents with the department must present their papers in person at a DNR Service Center.
  • Transferees who have previously verified their original/certified documents with the department may mail in their transfer application.

Hunter safety requirements:

Transferees born on or after January 1, 1973 who do not wish to hunt under the mentored program must provide a photocopy of the transferee's state-issued hunter education certificate or proof of completing basic training in the US Armed forces.

  • Anyone who presents a copy of their military ID or other proof of completing basic training (including the state in which they completed the training) in the US Armed forces, Reserves or National Guard is exempt from hunter education.

To find a hunter safety class near you, visit our safety education page.

Application submission and deadlines:

Purple Heart transferees who have NOT previously verified their original/certified documents with the department must present their papers in person at a DNR Service Center.

All other applications must be received at least 15 days before the start of the hunting season for which the license or permit or harvest authorization is valid.

Mail application and required documents to:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Attn: Permit Transfers - CS/1
PO Box 7924
Madison, WI 53707

Deceased

Deceased transfer

Transfer applications are available at DNR Service Centers or by downloading Deceased Customer Preference Approval Transfer Request [PDF].

Eligible permit or harvest authorization transfer types:

  • Bear
  • Spring turkey
  • Fall turkey
  • Upriver Sturgeon Spearing
  • Sharp-tailed grouse
  • Bobcat
  • Otter
  • Fisher
  • Wolf
  • Preference Category

Qualifications

A surviving spouse, personal representative, guardian or trustee (designee) may authorize a transfer of awarded permits, harvest authorizations or accumulated preference points/preference category from a deceased individual to a minor.

  • A minor is defined as a person less than 18 years of age. Transferee must be under the age of 18 at time of application submission.
  • Upriver sturgeon spearing applicants must be at least age 12 years old at the beginning of the spearing season or turn 12 during the season.
  • Licenses cannot be issued to the transferee until the minimum age requirements are met. Minors who do not meet minimum age requirements until after the beginning of the season will be mailed notification of the successful transfer. Once minimum age requirements are met, the minor may purchase their license or take the notification to a DNR Service Center to obtain their license.

Note: There is no limit to the number of times a minor may receive a transfer of preference points under this authority. Transfers of licenses/permits/harvest authorizations upon death are limited to a one-time transfer to a minor.

Hunter safety requirements:

Transferees born on or after January 1, 1973 who do not wish to hunt under the mentor program must provide a photocopy of the transferee's state-issued hunter education certificate.

  • Transferees under age 12 AND applicants who have not completed a state certified hunter education course are required to hunt under the mentored hunting rules.

To find a hunter safety class near you, visit our safety education page.

Application submission and deadlines:

Applications to transfer accumulated preference points or preference category must be submitted within one year of death.

All other applications must be received before the start of the season for which the license, permit or harvest authorization is valid.

Mail application and required documents to:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Attn: Permit Transfers - CS/1
PO Box 7924
Madison, WI 53707

Wolf

Wolf

Transfer applications are available at DNR Service Centers or by downloading Wolf License Transfer Application [PDF].

Eligible permit or harvest authorization transfer types:

  • Wolf

Qualifications:

Minors:
Transfer of license/permit/harvest authorization:
  • A minor is defined as a person less than 18 years of age. Transferee must be under the age of 18 at time of application submission.
  • Upriver sturgeon spearing applicants must be at least age 12 years old at the beginning of the spearing season or turn 12 during the season.
  • Licenses cannot be issued to the transferee until the minimum age requirements are met. Minors who do not meet minimum age requirements until after the beginning of the season will be mailed notification of the successful transfer. Once minimum age requirements are met, the minor may purchase their license or take the notification to a DNR Service Center to obtain their license.

Note: Minors are limited to a one-time transfer of a wolf license/permit/harvest authorization under this authority.

Adults:
  • An adult is defined as a person at least 18 years of age. Transferee must be at least 18 years of age at time of application submission.

Note: There is no limit to the number of times an adult may receive a wolf license/permit transfer under this authority. Transfers of wolf licenses/permits/harvest authorization or preference points upon death are not authorized for adults.

Transfer of license/permit/harvest authorization or preference points to a minor upon death:

A surviving spouse, personal representative, guardian or trustee (designee) may authorize a transfer of awarded wolf license/permit/harvest authorization or accumulated preference points from a deceased individual to a minor.

  • A minor is defined as a person less than 18 years of age. Transferee must be under the age of 18 at time of application submission.
  • Designee may transfer accumulated wolf preference points to a minor within one year of death.

Note: There is no limit to the number of times a minor may receive a wolf license/permit/harvest authorization or preference point transfer under this authority.

Hunter safety requirements:

Transferees born on or after January 1, 1973 who do not wish to hunt under the mentor program must provide a photocopy of the transferee's state-issued hunter education certificate.

  • Transferees under age 12 AND applicants who have not completed a state certified hunter education course are required to hunt under the mentored hunting rules.
  • Anyone who presents a copy of their military ID or other proof of completing basic training (including the state in which they completed the training) in the US Armed forces, Reserves or National Guard is exempt from hunter education.

To find a hunter safety class near you, visit our safety education page.

Application submission and deadlines:

Upriver sturgeon spearing transfers will be processed starting October 1 but must be received at least 15 days before the start of the spearing season.

All other applications must be received at least 15 days before the start of the hunting season for which the license, permit or harvest authorization is valid.

Mail application and required documents to:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Attn: Permit Transfers - CS/1
PO Box 7924
Madison, WI 53707

Last revised: Tuesday November 28 2017