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First harvest and first experience certificates will help hunters remember time in the outdoors for years to come

Published by Central Office September 19, 2017

Contact(s): Erin Larson, DNR wildlife data coordinator, 608-264-6054; Sawyer Briel, DNR communications, 608-261-0751

MADISON - Hunters and trappers of all ages who harvest their first deer, turkey, bear, bobcat, otter, fisher, or simply have a great first year in the field are encouraged to check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' selection of first harvest and first hunting experience certificates.

"The first time you harvest an animal can be very exciting, however the first time sitting in a tree stand or setting a trap can be just as memorable," said DNR wildlife data coordinator Erin Larson. "The department offers first trapping and hunting experience certificates to commemorate the entire experience."

Those interested can submit a photograph of their special moment to be included, as well as details about the experience. To help preserve hunting memories with friends and family, these free certificates can act as a personalized memento.

While first deer and turkey certificates remain popular throughout the state, hunters and trappers also have the option to create additional certificates, including:

Hunters are asked to fill out information regarding when and where the animal was harvested to complete the form - this information will be displayed on a customized certificate. Certificates will be sent electronically to each successful hunter within a few weeks.

To create a certificate, visit and search keywords "first certificates."

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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