Without proper licenses and tags, you are not a hunterOne of those awful feelings in life follows the realization that you have arrived at deer camp with all your gear, except the license and back tag you left at home, somewhere.
EAU CLAIRE – One of those awful feelings in life follows the realization that you have arrived at deer camp with all your gear, except the license and back tag you left at home, somewhere.
State law requires hunters to have a valid Wisconsin deer hunting license and back tag in their possession to legally take a deer, said Mark Burmesch, chief warden for the DNR’s west central region.
“If the license or back tag is lost, the hunter must either quit hunting or obtain a duplicate back tag or license,” Burmesch said.
This can mess up an individual’s hunting plans. Burmesch said hunters can save time, money and needless frustration by keeping track of their deer hunting back tags and licenses, any antlerless deer carcass tags, and of course, for hunters born after Jan. 1, 1973, their hunter safety certificates.
Another reminder, Burmesch said, is that each hunter is required to validate the carcass tag immediately upon killing a deer and to affix it to the carcass before field dressing or moving the deer.
If the required permits are lost, duplicates can be obtained at any of 1,400 Automated License Issuance System (ALIS) vendors. Duplicate hunter safety certificates also are available at any license vendor. Duplicates can also be purchased online by going to the DNR’s home page, dnr.wi.gov, and clicking on “licenses, permits and registrations” in the left side column. A duplicate deer license sells for $15. A duplicate hunter safety certificate costs $2.75, but there is an additional $1 charge when using a credit card online.
One of the most common ways to lose a tag is to rely on a broken or improper back tag carrier. In preparing for the upcoming hunt, hunters should check the condition of the carrier. The tag should fit snugly and the clip should be in working condition. Burmesch said it is poor policy to store other license pieces in the back tag carrier.
Hunter safety certificates are important documents. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1973, is required to furnish proof of passing a state-sponsored hunter safety course when purchasing a hunting license. A hunter safety certificate from another state will be honored and must be presented when purchasing a hunting license. Many other states also require the certificate for anyone purchasing a license.
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