By: Bureau of Law Enforcement
Welcome to the return of a Warden Wire feature launched during last year's gun-deer season -- the special edition series of Frequently Asked Questions dealing specifically with hunting. The FAQs: Special Edition - Fall Hunt is a periodic feature. Today is the fourth installment of these special edition FAQs taken by the DNR Call Center and the Department of Natural Resources' conservation wardens. The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The Call Center staff is happy to help you with any and all of your questions. The number is 1-888-936-7463.
Question 1: Where can I find public hunting land?
Answer: Try this link!
Question 2: I think I heard there is a new reduced fee for a conservation patron license for Purple Heart recipients. Is that right? Has that been around a while?
Answer: You heard right. There is a reduced fee for the conservation patron license for those who have received the Purple Heart. This is a new law. If you want to learn more about it, use this link to find the DNR announcement detailing this new law.
Question 3: I am interested in hunting by myself? I heard you have to be 14 years old. Is there anything else I need to know to hunt by myself?
Answer: Here are the regulations that concern youth hunters and if they need to be accompanied. To hunt by yourself, you need to be Hunter Safety-certified and at least 14 years old -- or you must have been born prior to 1-1-73.
“A parent or guardian who is at least 18 years of age must accompany hunters who are ages 12 and 13. 'Accompanied' means within sight and voice contact without the aid of any mechanical or electronic amplifying device other than a hearing aid. Persons under the age of 12 may not hunt unless participating in a DNR Learn to Hunt event or the Hunting Mentorship Program. Persons under age 18 may not possess firearms for non-hunting purposes unless accompanied by an adult, except that persons ages 14-17 who have completed Hunter Education can possess legal shotguns and rifles without being accompanied by an adult.”
Question 4: If I am mentoring a hunter on land that I own do I need a license?
Answer: If you are the landowner and will not be hunting -- or will be hunting -- for species you don’t need a license to hunt, (with the same single firearm, bow or crossbow allowed to be possessed and used jointly), then the landowner does not need a license to mentor. If the landowner intends to also hunt for deer, turkey, pheasants, waterfowl and more while mentoring, then the landowner would also need a license. In addition, if hunting deer on a licensed deer hunting preserve, or pheasants, quail or partridge on a licensed bird hunting preserve, the mentor also does not need a hunting license.
Question 5: I lost my archery back tag and I am wondering how I can get a new one?
Answer: A duplicate can only be purchased at your local license agent. A duplicate back tag without kill tags for residents and nonresidents is $12. A duplicate back tag with carcass tags for residents and nonresidents is $15. A license that authorizes hunting small game is required for residents to shoot a coyote, and a non-resident fur-bearing animal hunting license is required for a non-resident to shoot a coyote. A gun-deer license does not authorize hunting of coyote. Here is that link to find a local license agent near you:
Question 6: How late can I shine for deer?
Answer: Now through December 31, there is no shining allowed between the hours 10 p.m. through to 7 a.m. the following morning. Other things to remember while shining before 10 p.m., include: it is not legal to be in possession of ANY firearm, bow & arrow or crossbow; and, be sure to check with your local sheriff’s office for any more restrictive local shining ordinances. It also is important to note that not even a license or permit to carry a concealed weapon (CCW) allows the person to possess their handgun while otherwise lawfully shining wild animals.
Question 7: Can you use a dead deer to bait coyotes for hunting purposes?
Answer: Hunting coyote, wolf, fox or raccoons over a deer gut pile or a naturally occurring carcass of a deer is not considered baiting. However, carcasses of animals may not be placed out intentionally as bait for hunting any game.
If you missed the first three sets of Special Edition FAQs, here are the Warden Wire links:
If you have information regarding natural resource violations, please call: VIOLATION HOTLINE: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff relay reported information to conservation wardens. Anyone who calls the Violation Hotline or provides information can remain anonymous.