Deer Licenses May Now be Purchased During Season

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Beginning this year hunters will be able to purchase Wisconsin deer hunting licenses during the nine-day deer gun season. Previously everyone except young people who turn 12 during the season and military personnel were required to buy licenses before the start of the season.

This doesn't change the rule that anyone hunting must possess a hunting license but does allow people who decide during the season to go hunting to buy a license and hunt. Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1973 must have completed a hunter education course to purchase a license.

The change in deadlines for license purchases are outlined on page 2 of the 2004 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations.

Armed forces members able to provide proof of successful completion of basic training in the Armed Forces including Reserves or National Guard are exempt from hunter education requirements. All Armed Forces members must purchase a deer hunting license to hunt deer unless hunting under a CWD landowner permit.

Any Armed Forces member who exhibits proof of active service and who is stationed in the state or is a resident on furlough or leave are exempt from the three-day waiting period for resident archery and resident Conservation Patron archery privileges. Any Armed forces member who exhibits proof that he or she is a Wisconsin resident, in active service outside the state and on furlough or leave may harvest one deer of either sex during any firearm deer season with their regular carcass tag.

Non-residents in the Armed Forces who are stationed in Wisconsin are eligible to purchase a resident gun deer, sports and small game licenses.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: DNR customer service - (608) 266-2621