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March 3, 2015

2015-16 licenses go on sale March 4

MADISON -- While the cold and snow has outdoors lovers more likely donning snow pants than swim trunks and hanging out in ice shacks instead of on fishing boats, a new license year and opportunity to contribute to conservation through the Conservation Patron license means spring is right around the corner.

"Conservation patrons are a great example of Wisconsin's commitment to protecting our resources and enjoying a full range of outdoor activities, from hunting to hiking," said Wisconsin Department Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp. "I would like to thank not only patrons, but everyone who has taken the opportunity to become involved in resource management in our beautiful state."

March 4 marks the beginning of the 2015-16 license year, and those who participate in a number of hunting, fishing, and outdoor-related activities will enjoy this affordable all-in-one package. Each purchase will help support Wisconsin's fish and wildlife programs, including habitat management and research.

A Conservation Patron license provides all the basic fishing and hunting privileges at a great price - $165 for Wisconsin residents, a price reduction of nearly one-half when compared to the value for each item included. For Wisconsin residents under the age of 18, a Conservation Patron license costs only $75.

Hunting and fishing licenses can be purchased through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website, at all authorized license agents, and at DNR Service Centers (Hours for service centers vary; check the DNR website for service center days and hours of operation; DNR Service Centers are not open on Saturdays).

Conservation Patron and other licenses will be available for purchase at this year's Milwaukee Sports Show. Visitors to the DNR exhibit will have the opportunity to view a short video about the Conservation Patron license, and department staff will be available to answer questions. The show runs from March 4-8 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exhibition Center, located at 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis.

DNR Bureau of Customer and Outreach Services staff is available to assist the public online and via phone from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Spanish and Hmong bilingual customer service representatives are also available. Customers may reach customer service at 1-888-WDNR INFo (1-888-936-7463) or by e-mail at An online chat link is also available.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Customer and Outreach Services , 608-266-2621

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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