Hunting & Fishing Licenses for Wisconsin Veterans
For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website
or contact the DNR Customer Service Center at 1-888-936-7463.
The State of Wisconsin provides disabled residents with reduced rate fishing licenses, without regard for veteran status. To qualify the residents must be receiving Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement Disability benefits, or receiving disability pension for a non-service related permanent and total disability.
There is also a special permit for the disabled to fish or troll with an electric motor.
Visit the link above to determine what documentation is required when purchasing the license at a DNR or County Clerk’s office.
A discounted Resident Veteran's Disabled Fishing License is available to veterans who are receiving Veteran's Disability Compensation for a disability of 70% or more for a service related disability, or are receiving service related disability benefits as individually unemployable. Acceptable evidence to receive this license includes:
- Veteran's Disability Award Letter showing benefits are being paid for a disability of 70% or more;
- A letter from the VA that indicates the customer is receiving benefits for a disability of 70% or more;
- A completed Disabled Veteran Free State park Application signed by a County Veterans Service Officer; or
- A Wisconsin State Park & Forest Disabled Veteran or Former POW ID Care issued by the DNR.
Visit the DNR website to determine what documentation is required when purchasing the license at a DNR or County Clerk's office.
Individuals who are disabled may qualify for free hunting permits that allow them special privileges, including hunting from a stationary vehicle and hunting with a crossbow. In addition to the permit, the individual must purchase the appropriate hunting license. Categories of permanent or temporary disabilities that may qualify for these hunting permits include:
- Loss of mobility without the aid of a wheelchair, walker, single leg brace or prosthesis above the knee, two leg braces or prosthesis below the knees, two crutches, or two canes.
- Certain lung diseases.
- Certain cardiovascular disorders.
- Restricted mobility or ambulation that precludes hunting using traditional methods, including certain upper or lower extremity disabilities or other valid medical reasons.
- Legal blindness.
Wisconsin Resident members of the Armed Forces with proof that they are on leave/furlough are eligible for free fishing and small game hunting licenses. Members of the Armed Forces stationed in Wisconsin should contact the nearest DNR Service Center for information on eligibility.