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MADISON — Seasoned hunters who share their enthusiasm and expertise about Wisconsin’s gun-deer hunt may be eligible to earn a discounted license for their next seasons while their first-time hunter apprentice may be eligible for a $5 license.
Department of Natural Resources hunting and shooting sport coordinator Keith Warnke says this is a fun way to earn some financial rewards while helping a friend or family member learn about Wisconsin’s hunting traditions first-hand.
“Hunters who are able to recruit three new people into hunting are eligible for a half-price license the following year,” Warnke said. “This is made possible under a new program to reward hunters for helping ensure the future of hunting.”
The benefits also extend to the new hunter – as well as the hunter who has been away from the tradition for about a decade or longer. “Plus, this benefit extends to anglers and trappers,” Warnke said.
“Discounted fees are available for residents and nonresidents alike and are automatically applied when you buy a license,” Warnke says. “Some may be eligible for the $5 license which is quite a deal.”
Hunter apprentices who purchase a first-time hunter’s license for $5 can help their mentor by calling the DNR at 888-936-7463 and give their mentor a point by simply providing the mentor’s identification number as the person who recruited them.
More information is available by searching the DNR website for “first-time buyer,” and on a 2013 Deer Hunt Share the good times and good food feature page.