The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is hoping to make a hunter’s harvest of their first deer even more memorable by providing first-time successful deer hunters with free certificates to commemorate the occasion.
An article from the Ashland Daily Press says beginning with the state’s archery season successful first-time deer hunters can submit their information and a picture of their deer through the WDNR website. The agency will then send a certificate that includes when and where the deer was shot, who was hunting, and even a photo from the hunt.
“Over thirty years later, I can still remember every detail of my first deer, so I appreciate the value of special hunting memories,” says Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist. “We hope that by providing a certificate like this, it might help preserve those great memories for today’s newest members of the successful deer hunting family.”
The certificates are currently only for first-time deer hunters, but the WDNR is considering opening the program to other species like bear and turkey in the future.