Wisconsin Senate to OK hunting discounts for vets

October 15, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly is set to pass a bipartisan bill that would offer wounded veterans discounts on hunting and fishing licenses.

Non-state residents with Purple Hearts would be able to buy a gun deer license for the resident price of $24 rather than the $160 non-resident fee. They also would be able to buy a fishing license for the $20 resident price rather than the $50 non-resident fee.

The bill also would create steep discounts for Purple Heart recipients on conservation patron licenses, which are combination hunting, fishing and trapping permits. The licenses would cost in-state Purple Heart winners $10 rather than $165 and non-resident Purple Heart winners $161 rather than $600.

The Assembly is expected to pass the bill. Approval would send the measure to Gov. Scott Walker.