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$5 fishing licenses: Get hooked on fun over July Fourth holiday

Published by Central Office June 27, 2017

Contact(s): Justine Hasz 715-896-9558 or Karl Scheidegger, 608-267-9426

MADISON - Wisconsin's $5 first-time buyer resident fishing license or a reduced price one-day fishing license may be just the ticket for fun for family, friends and visitors getting together for the coming July 4th holiday, state fisheries official say.

"Wisconsin fishing licenses are always a great value and these introductory licenses make it even easier to get your family, friends and visitors out on the water to give fishing a try," says Justine Hasz, Wisconsin's fisheries director.

Video Credit: DNR

A $5 first-time buyer's license is available for Wisconsin residents who have never purchased a fishing license before or who haven't purchased a Wisconsin fishing license in at least 10 years. Nonresident first-time licenses are $25.75. This license is good for the entire fishing year, which runs through March 31, 2018.

A one-day fishing license costs $8 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. The purchase price of that one-day license can be credited toward purchase of an annual license.

Wisconsin residents and nonresidents 15 and under always fish free in Wisconsin, as do residents born before Jan. 1, 1927. Wisconsin resident members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty and on furlough or leave may obtain a free fishing/small game license at any license agent by providing proof of active service and presenting their furlough/leave papers.

People 16 to 89 years old need a fishing license to fish in any waters of the state and Wisconsin has a variety of licenses to suit all needs, including the one-day and first-time buyer's license. If a person is eligible for the first-time buyer's license, that license will be the first listing on his or her computer screen after logging into GO WILD, and it's also what the license agent will see when an eligible buyer comes in seeking to purchase a license.

People can buy fishing licenses in two convenient ways: over the Internet through GO WILD or at any authorized license agent.

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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