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Disabled Resident Fishing License | Disabled Resident Hunting Permits | Disabled Veteran Fishing License
Military Free Fishing & Small Game License
| Returning Veteran Free Fishing or Hunting License

 

Disabled Resident Annual (Reduced Rate) Fishing License

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 DNR website, or call 1-888-936-7463, to determine what documentation is required when purchasing the license at a DNR or County Clerk’s office.

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Disabled Resident Special Hunting Permits

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.

Visit the DNR website, or call 1-888-936-7463, for more information.

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Disabled Veteran Reduced-Fee Fishing License

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, or call 1-888-936-7463, to determine what documentation is required when purchasing the license at a DNR or County Clerk's office.

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Military Free Fishing & Small Game Hunting License

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.

Visit the DNR website, or call 1-888-936-7463, for more information.

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Returning Veteran Free Fishing or Hunting License

Wisconsin veterans may be eligible for a single free annual fishing license or a small game, archery, or gun deer hunting license within a year of leaving active military duty.

  • You must obtain and use the voucher within 365 days of the date of discharge or release.
  • You must be a Wisconsin resident and served honorably on active duty during Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom as defined in Wisconsin State Statutes 29.1945 (1-3).
  • You must meet the eligibility requirements as set forth by Wisconsin State Statutes 45.01(12) (a)-(f) or in a reserve component or national guard and served at least one year.
  • After the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) establishes your eligibility, we will provide you with a voucher to be redeemed at your local DNR Service Center.

Please obtain your voucher prior to visiting your nearest DNR Service Center. You can apply online or via form WDVA 2240, Eligibility Application – For WisDNR Returning Service Member.

For more information, visit the DNR website, or call 1-888-936-7463, for more information.