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Looking to try your hand at deer hunting? Enjoy discounted prices for first-time license purchases and be sure to fill out your first hunt certificate

Published by Central Office November 9, 2017

Contact(s): DNR Bureau of Customer and Outreach Services, 608-266-2621

MADISON - In its sixth 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 ten 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 may be purchased and printed online at or purchased at over 1,000 license agents statewide who will provide a printout of the license and tags. Locate a license agent near you at, keywords "sales locations." This tool can locate agents by county or city.

As a reminder, all hunters must:

The following forms of proof of a deer hunting license and deer tags are accepted:

Paper copies of licenses and tags may be obtained at no charge if printed at home or obtained at DNR service centers. There is a $2 convenience fee for reprints obtained at license agents.

The requirement to register deer by 5 p.m. the day after recovery has not changed. Hunters must use the unique deer tag number to register their harvest. Hunters may retrieve a list of their deer tag numbers in their My GameReg section of their Go Wild account. Hunters can register deer via phone (1-844-426-3734) or online.

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). For more information regarding the first-time license buyer program and first deer certificate, search keywords "first time buyer" and "first certificates."

* To authenticate a Wisconsin driver's license, the hunter must present it to license agent or enter number for online purchases. The hunter should check purchase receipt for confirmation that their Wisconsin driver's license is authenticated and the hunter is authorized to use his/her driver's license as proof of holding the required license or hunter safety certificate.

Last Revised: Thursday, November 09, 2017

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