DNR Q&A: Waterfowl, Goose Hunting, First Deer Certificate | Environment
The following are some questions recently taken by wardens and the DNR Call Center. The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463.
Question: I am looking at getting my 13-year-old old son waterfowl hunting this season -- including early and late season goose hunting. I would like to know exactly what licenses he needs.
Answer: Sounds like you both will be busy! Because he is under the age 16, he doesn’t need a federal duck migratory bird stamp or the Wisconsin stated waterfowl stamp. He would need to register with the DNR under the Harvest Information Program (HIP) by completing the free HIP survey and carry proof of this registration while hunting any migratory birds. A small game license and the early goose permit (for the early goose season) and an exterior goose permit (for the regular goose season) would be required for hunting Canada geese. More information is available in the 2013 Wisconsin Migratory bird regulations publication, which is also available on line at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/regulations.html
Question: What is needed for the youth hunt for waterfowl?
Answer: The youth hunters only need to take their HIP survey and they do not require the small game license or waterfowl stamps. The state waterfowl stamp and the federal duck stamp are only required for hunters ages 16 and older. If the youth hunter wants to hunt waterfowl after the two-day youth hunt, besides requiring to have the HIP survey, they would also need a small game license but not the stamps as long as they are under 16 years old.
Question: Where can I find the opening and closing times for goose hunting? Is there any easy way to look up hunting hours?
Answer: You can find the hunting hours for goose hunting in the 2013 Migratory Bird Regulations online at the DNR website. If you are interested in deer, turkey or small game hunting hours you can find them in the 2013 Deer Hunting or Small Game and Turkey Regulations, available online at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/regulations.html
Waterfowl and dove hunting hours are generally the same as other small game hunting hours, except that the closing hours for hunting waterfowl and other migratory birds like doves ends at sunset each day, while closing hours for other small game and deer end 20 minutes after sunset.
The Wisconsin DNR has recently improved an app for your smartphone that was launched last year called the WI Sunrise Sunset App. More information on the app is available at http://1.usa.gov/1960XZ2
The app is only 99 cents! It is available for Android at the Google Playstore (search for WI DNR Sunrise Sunset) and available for iPhone and iPad at the Apple App store.
Question: I heard something about a free DNR ‘First Deer Certificate.’ I heard it is something about first-time deer hunting success. What is it?
Answer: You heard right! The Department of Natural Resources is providing first-time successful deer hunters with a free certificate to help preserve the memories. Starting with the 2013 archery season and continuing through the gun hunt, first-time successful deer hunters can submit their information and a picture of their deer by visiting dnr.wi.gov, and searching keyword “deer.” Information about when and where the deer was harvested, who they were hunting with and more can be displayed on the certificate. The individually customized certificate can also include a picture of the hunter if they submit one. Certificates will be sent electronically back to the successful hunter within a few weeks. The certificate is currently for first deer only but may be expanded in the future to include other game species like turkey or bear. For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword “deer.”