By: DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement
If you're an experienced hunter mentoring a novice, a first-time hunting license buyer preparing for the upcoming 9-day gun-deer season or looking for target practice at an area shooting range, you'll want to read these three updates from DNR Shooting Sports Coordinator Keith Warnke.
Experienced hunters who share this Wisconsin tradition with novices may be eligible for half-price license discounts under a state program recognizing the importance of mentors.
Warnke says the program acknowledges how hunters form special bonds that creates a lifetime of fun and memories.
Implemented in 2012, the recruiter rewards program operates as follows:
All license- buying conservationists can participate in this program (hunters, anglers and trappers) since it applies to any first-time buyer purchase across all types. Once three first-time buyers identify the same mentor as their recruiter for any hunting, angling or trapping license, Go Wild will offer the mentor a recruiter license.
A few other details apply:
Warnke says one of the best outdoor fun bargains around is the $5 New Buyer's License from the DNR.
Residents and nonresidents who have not been issued a license, or a conservation patron or sports license, in the last 10 years are eligible to participate. New buyer residents pay $5 for their license, and nonresidents can buy theirs for half price.
The following licenses are available through this program:
Warnke says buyers can purchase as many of these licenses as eligible for, and can do so during the same year.
Buyers also may purchase online at GoWild.WI.Gov, at DNR service centers or at a license outlets.
Warnke says new shooting range leases with continued public access at a Dane County range mean more target practice time for shooters and hunters.
Warnke says partnering with ranges is a great way to create opportunities for target sports enthusiasts. Especially in southern Wisconsin, where there are few public ranges and a high population density. And, especially important in Dane County, which has Wisconsin's highest number of hunters who have no public place to sharpen skills.
Here are two new ranges for public use:
To find a range near you and where opportunities are offered, visit: /education/outdoorSkills/shootingRanges/