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Wisconsin DNR offering discounted fishing licenses in time for Fourth of July holiday

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin DNR is offering a discount on first-time buyer fishing licenses.

Wisconsin residents who have never bought a fishing license or haven't purchased one in ten years are able to get a first-time buyer license for $5. The price for a regular annual fishing license for residents is $20.  

The DNR says lawmakers created the discounted license and both residents and non-residents can take advantage of this opportunity. 

The discounted price for a non-resident annual fishing license is $25.75. 

If a person is eligible for the first-time buyer license, that license will be offered in their product catalog in place of the regularly-priced license.

For those who have fished more recently but not yet bought a license for 2018, the DNR recommends a one-day fishing license. The one-day fishing license costs $8 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. The purchase of a one-day license can be credited toward buying an annual license.

People can buy fishing licenses online through the Go Wild website, or purchase in person at any authorized license agent.

Wisconsin residents and nonresidents 16 years old or older need a fishing license to fish in any waters of the state. Residents born before Jan. 1, 1927, do not need a license. Resident members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty may obtain a free fishing license when on furlough or leave by presenting their military ID and leave papers at any license agent.

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