Your Wisconsin Hunting License Dollars At Work

2008-2009 Wisconsin Fish and Wildlife Report

Wisconsin citizens and visitors have long held traditions of hunting, fishing, and trapping. According to the latest data, more than 600,000 hunters and 1.4 million anglers enjoy Wisconsin’s natural resources each year. These sportsmen also give back to Wisconsin by volunteering for workdays and teaching opportunities. They also continually give to the Fish and Wildlife fund monetarily with license and stamp sales and federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment. The Fish and Wildlife funds amounted to $108.4 million for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Below you will find how these dollars were allocated.

First, 32.4 cents of every Fish and Wildlife dollar is spent on fisheries, which amounts to $35.1 million. The 254 staff members of this department were responsible for teaching fishing and aquatic skills, stocking fish, monitoring commercial harvests, studying climate change, and conducting genetic research, among other things.

The wildlife department receives 26.3 cents from every dollar. This department’s 182 staff worked with $28.5 million on researching contaminants, completing population studies, collecting harvest data, coordinating state National Archery in the Schools Program, researching habitat management, and much more.

18.2 cents from every dollar went to law enforcement. $19.7 million supported 141 staff that responded to over 6,000 hunting and fishing violations, taught over 25,500 students in hunter education courses, provided safety training, and assisted in a major investigation to prevent the spread of fish disease.

About $9.3 million was allocated for facilities and lands, which amounted to 8.5 cents of every Fish and Wildlife dollar. The 46 staff in this department opened the new Horicon Marsh International Education Center, purchased over 17,000 acres (90% of which is open to hunting and fishing), and managed land on 152 fishery areas.

Seven cents of each Fish and Wildlife dollar ($7.7 million) went to administration and support. 81 staff members worked to manage and distribute grants, organize forums for various groups, and manage the DNR website.

$6.9 million was spent on licenses, which was 6.4 cents of each dollar. The 60 staff in this department operated a 15-hour per day customer call center, provided multilingual communications (Spanish and Hmong), maintained an automated licensing system, distributed millions of regulation brochures, and supported the sales of over 3 million fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses.

The smallest amount, only 1.2 cents of every dollar, was allocated for regional management. This department’s 8 staff interacted with customers in major outdoor events, surveyed lakes, conducted citizen workshops, and installed a fishing pier and two shore fishing stations.

All information provided by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921. For more information, visit

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