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Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

Wisconsin to offer certificate for hunters bagging first-ever deer

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: September 12, 2013 - 1:19 PM

First-time successful deer hunters in Wisconsin are being offered a free certificate by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to help preserve the memory.

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.

“We hope the certificates will be a great memento that can be displayed proudly, and help preserve memories throughout a long hunting career,” said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist. “It’s our little way of saying congratulations to all of the first-time successful deer hunters. We wish them all many more years of successful hunts.”

For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword “deer.”

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