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Curtis Twellmann
Assistant Furbearer Specialist
Bureau of Wildlife Management

Permits for bobcat and fisher

The Wisconsin DNR regulates the harvest of bobcat and fisher through a special permitting system. Harvest permits, or kill tags, are awarded through a "preference point lottery system." In order to receive a kill permit for one of these species, you must submit an application by the annual deadline and be a drawing winner. Results from the drawing are posted annually and permits mailed to successful applicants.

Applications can be submitted by:

The application fee for a fisher permit is $3 and the application fee for a bobcat permit is $6. Applicants have the option of applying for a preference point only or to be entered into the drawing for a permit(s).

Notice: Those applicants who are successful in drawing a fisher tag, or successful bobcat applicants that intend to trap, must also purchase a trapping license. All first time trappers are required to complete the Wisconsin trapper education course prior to purchasing a trapping license, unless actively engaged in farming. Attending a trapper education course prior to applying for a bobcat, or fisher tag is recommended to ensure all requirements are fulfilled prior to the start of harvest seasons. Additional information on trapper education can be found by searching keyword “trap”.

Special note:

  • If an applicant makes the choice to be entered into the drawing and is selected for a permit the applicant will lose all preference points, even if the permit is not used.
  • Remember to apply. Applicants who forget to apply for either a preference point or a permit at least once during any three consecutive years will lose all previously accumulated preference points.
  • Conservation patron license holders who did not submit their application choices for fisher at the time they purchased their license must now apply online or through a DNR office that offers counter service.
  • The deadline to submit application choices for bobcat and fisher permits is posted online. Applicants who apply for a bobcat permit must choose one of the two bobcat seasons.
Last revised: Tuesday February 25 2020