The cost of hunting or fishing in Wisconsin as a non-resident will be going up. Whether you frequently hunt and fish across the border or have a trip planned into the Badger State, costs will be going up with your next license.

News of the increases in license costs was announced Tuesday morning by the Wisconsin DNR, which is in response to the finalized 2024-2025 budget enacted by Governor Tony Evers last week.

The increase in license costs will only impact non-residents looking for hunting or fishing licenses. The prices will be going up in different increments, depending on the specific license. Some will be going up by as little as $5, while others will increase as much as $40.

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Of note, the Wisconsin DNR says that current licenses for the 2023-2024 season are valid through March 31, 2024. This increase in fees marks the first time license costs have gone up since 2005.

Photo by Hunter Brumels on Unsplash
Photo by Hunter Brumels on Unsplash

Here is a list of the new prices for impacted licenses:

New Non-Resident Wisconsin Hunting Fees

  • Annual Small Game: $90
  • Five-Day Small Game: $60
  • Deer: $200
  • Archery and Crossbow: $165
  • Turkey: $65
  • Furbearing Animal: $165

New Non-Resident Wisconsin Fishing Fees

  • Individual One-Day: $15
  • Individual Annual: $55
  • Individual Four-Day: $29
  • Individual 15-Day: $33
  • Family Annual: $70
  • Family 15-Day: $45

New Non-Resident Wisconsin Combination License Fees

  • Conservation Patron: $620
  • Sports License: $295

For anyone looking to purchase a Wisconsin hunting or fishing license, the Wisconsin DNR says you can purchase them online via Go Wild, any DNR Service Center or from an authorized sales agent location.

While it's a ways off from the July timeframe of this announcement, here's a look ahead to the winter ice season, and the universal rules of ice fishing in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The 10 Commandments Of Ice Fishing In Minnesota & Wisconsin

While these aren't the only rules to abide by (see your local Minnesota or Wisconsin DNR regulations, for example), these 10 guidelines go a long way toward making sure you and other ice anglers have an enjoyable hardwater experience.

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