- Contact Information
- Curtis Twellmann
Assistant Furbearer Specialist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Permits for bobcat, fisher and otter
The Wisconsin DNR regulates the harvest of bobcat, fisher and otter through a special permitting system. Harvest permits, or kill tags, are awarded through a "preference point lottery system." In order to receive a kill permit for one of these species, you must submit an application by the annual deadline and be a drawing winner. Results from the drawing are posted annually and permits mailed to successful applicants.
Applications can be submitted by:
- visiting a DNR Service Center;
- visiting a license sales location;
- using the Online Licensing Center.
The application fee for a fisher or otter permit is $3 and the application fee for a bobcat permit is $6. Applicants have the option of applying for a preference point only or to be entered into the drawing for a permit(s).
Notice: Those applicants who are successful in drawing a river otter or fisher tag, or successful bobcat applicants that intend to trap, must also purchase a trapping license. All first time trappers are required to complete the Wisconsin trapper education course prior to purchasing a trapping license, unless actively engaged in farming. Attending a trapper education course prior to applying for a bobcat, fisher, or otter tag is recommended to ensure all requirements are fulfilled prior to the start of harvest seasons. Additional information on trapper education can be found by searching keyword “trap”.
- If an applicant makes the choice to be entered into the drawing and is selected for a permit the applicant will lose all preference points, even if the permit is not used.
- Remember to apply. Applicants who forget to apply for either a preference point or a permit at least once during any three consecutive years will lose all previously accumulated preference points.
- Conservation patron license holders who did not submit their application choices for otter and fisher at the time they purchased their license must now apply online or through a DNR office that offers counter service.
- The deadline to submit application choices for bobcat, otter and fisher permits is posted online. Applicants who apply for a bobcat permit must choose one of the two bobcat seasons.