Permits for people with disabilities
Expanded crossbow opportunity
2013 Wisconsin Act 61
The issuance of the disabled hunter Crossbow Permit has been discontinued. Since 2014, Wisconsin has concurrent archery and crossbow deer seasons. All hunters who wish to use a crossbow to hunt deer during the crossbow deer season must purchase a crossbow license, which is available at all license outlets. Hunter can choose to purchase both a crossbow and archer license for $3 more than the normal cost of either license. Both crossbow and archer licenses are included in the conservation patron license package.
Expanded awarded permit transfer opportunity
2015 Wisconsin Act 98
Holders of a valid department issued Class A, B, C or D disability permit are eligible to receive a one-time transfer of an awarded permit from another hunter for each species permit issued through a cumulative preference drawing. Visit awarded permit transfers for details.
Expanded trolling opportunity
All individuals who can legally fish will have expanded trolling opportunities regardless of physical ability. Effective July 1, 2015, trolling will be allowed on all inland waters with 1 hook, bait or lure per angler and with 3 hooks, baits or lures maximum per boat. In addition, trolling is allowed with up to 3 hooks, baits or lures per angler in many counties and waters. Local ordinances, restricting motor use still apply. Visit motor trolling for details.
Wisconsin law provides for a variety of hunting, fishing and recreational use permits designed to help people with disabilities enjoy the state's natural resources, such as:
- hunt from a stationary vehicle (Class A or Class B permit);
- use a laser sight (Class C permit);
- use an adaptive device to facilitate the use of a firearm (Class D permit);
- permit to fish while trolling with an electric motor; and
- permit to use a mobility device on department lands.
Persons with disabilities can use the Hunting or Trolling Disability Permit Authorizations Application form 9400-604 to apply for the following privileges:
- Shoot from a stationary vehicle (Class A or class B Shoot from Vehicle Permits) – The Class A permit is issued to applicants who have specific permanent disabilities that prevent them from walking a distance of 50 feet without use of a wheelchair, walker, two canes or prosthetics; or have lung disease; and/or cardiovascular disease. The permit allows the hunter to hunt from a stationary vehicle and motor troll with an electric trolling motor. A Class B Shoot From Vehicle permit is a discretionary permit issued to applicants who are unable to walk a distance of 50 feet due to temporary physical limitations related to injury, surgery or illness, or have permanent physical conditions not included under the Class A criteria.
- Use of a Laser Sight (Class C Permit) - Hunters who are legally blind in both eyes may apply for a permit that allows them to use laser sights while hunting. Hunters with Class C permits MUST be accompanied by an assistant.
- Troll with the use of an electronic trolling motor: (Trolling or Class B Trolling Permits) - Trolling permits are issued to applicants with a permanent upper extremity impairments and fail one of the required tests, or have an amputation or loss of one or both arms at or above the wrist. Trolling permits are also issued to applicants with sight impairment to the degree that he or she cannot read ordinary newspaper print with or without corrective glasses. Class B Trolling permits are issued to applicants with a temporary substantial loss of function or range of motion in their upper body who fail one of the required tests.
- Use of an Adaptive Device on a Firearm (Class D Permit) - The Class D permit is issued to applicants with upper extremity impairments who fail the required combination of tests, or have an amputation or loss of one or both arms at or above the elbow. The permit allows the hunter to use an approved adaptive device to facilitate firearm use.
All applications must be completed and signed by you and your health care provider no more than six months prior to the date the application is submitted for review. First-time Class A, C and D permits are issued for five seasons while a renewal is issued for 10 seasons. To renew a disabled permit a new application is required. Class B permits are issued based on the doctor’s recommendation recovery time and do not have an extended renewal period. The completed, signed application is to be submitted to the DNR for review and issuance of permit. Application can be submitted via Fax: 608-261-4380, CSWEB@wisconsin.gov or mail: DNR Disabled Permit Applications – CS/1 P.O. Box 7924 Madison, WI 53707-7924.
The Mobility device access application and permit for department lands 2500-124 – The DNR may authorize by permit persons with mobility disabilities to use a mobility device as a mode of personal conveyance on lands owned or managed by the department. To apply for a permit, complete and submit form 2500-124 and provide proof of disability to the property manager for the property you intend to access. You are encouraged to contact the property manager to discuss your application prior to submitting this form. Each permit applies only for the particular Department of Natural Resources (DNR) property identified. Separate permits issued by the relevant property manager are required for use at each individual property.
- Permit to Fish or Troll with an Electric Motor 9400-604
- Disabled Group Fishing Event License Waiver 9400-562A
- Developmentally Disabled Group One-Day Fishing License Waiver - $25.00 Fee 9400-562
- Institutional Free Fishing Authorization 9400-506
Qualifications and application procedures for fishing licenses
- Resident Annual Disabled Fishing License - $7.00
- Resident Annual Veteran/Disabled Fishing License - $3.00
Many Wisconsin residents with disabilities are eligible for a discount on their annual fishing license. These licenses must be renewed annually and do not exempt the holder from the need to purchase required fishing stamps. The licenses are available at any sales location. At the time of purchase, you must present evidence you are receiving disability benefits.
A discounted Resident Annual Disabled Fishing License is available to residents with impaired vision and to residents receiving Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income or Railroad Retirement Disability Benefits.
- A current Social Security Disability Award Notice dated within the past 365 days;
- a letter from the Social Security Administration advising that the customer is receiving disability benefits dated within the past 365 days;
- a letter or notice of Railroad Retirement Disability.
- a signed statement from a licensed physician, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse prescriber or optometrist indicating that the customer's sight is impaired to the degree that he/she cannot read ordinary newspaper print with or without corrective glasses
A discounted Resident Veteran's Disabled Fishing License is available to veterans who are receiving Veteran's Disability Compensation for a disability of 70 percent or more for a service-connected disability; or are receiving service-connected disability benefits due to being individually unemployable. Acceptable evidence to receive this license includes:
- Veteran's Disability Award Letter showing benefits are being paid for a disability of 70 percent or more;
- a letter from the Veterans Administration that indicates customer is receiving benefits for a disability of 70 percent or more;
- a completed Disabled Veteran Free State Park Application signed by a county veteran service officer; or
- a Wisconsin State Park & Forest Disabled Veteran or Former POW ID Card issued by the DNR.
- a document from the Veteran's Administration indicating customer is a war veteran and is receiving service-connected disability benefits due to being individually unemployable.
- Contact information
- For information on disabled applications, contact: