Courtesy of WDNR
Hunters and trappers of all ages who harvest their first deer, turkey, bear, bobcat, otter, fisher or simply have a great first year in the field are encouraged to check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s selection of first harvest certificates.
Those interested can submit a photograph of their special moment to be included, as well as details about the experience. To help preserve hunting memories with friends and family, these free certificates can act as a personalized memento.
While first deer and turkey certificates remain popular throughout the state, this year hunters and trappers will also have the option to create additional certificates, including:
- first bear;
- first bobcat;
- first otter;
- first fisher; or
- first trapping or hunting experience (regardless if harvest occurred).
“You will never forget your first deer or first successful trap set, however often the first time sitting in a tree stand or setting that trap is just as memorable,” said Erin Larson, DNR wildlife data coordinator. “The department is offering the first trapping and hunting experience certificates as a way to commemorate the entire experience, from the first time going into the outdoors, to the first successful harvest.”
Hunters are asked to fill out information about when and where the animal was harvested. This information will be displayed on the individually customized certificate. Certificates will be sent electronically to the successful hunter within a few weeks.