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UPDATE: Wis. gov OKs outdoor discounts for vets

UPDATED Friday, November 8, 2013 --- 2:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that offers wounded veterans discounts on hunting and fishing licenses.

The bipartisan measure allows non-state residents with Purple Hearts to buy a gun deer license for the resident price of $24 rather than the $160 non-resident fee. They also will pay the $20 resident fee for a fishing license rather than the $50 non-resident fee.

Conservation patron licenses, which are a combination of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, will cost in-state Purple Heart recipients $10 rather than $165 and non-resident Purple Heart winners $161 rather than $600.

Walker signed the bill Friday after a Veterans Day ceremony in the state Capitol's rotunda.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 15, 2013 --- 3:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has approved 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 pay the $20 resident fee for a fishing license rather than the $50 non-resident fee.

Conservation patron licenses, which are combination hunting, fishing and trapping permits, would cost in-state Purple Heart winners $10 rather than $165 and non-resident Purple Heart winners $161 rather than $600.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote Tuesday. The Senate approved the measure in June but the Assembly tweaked the language, which means the Senate must take it up again.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2013 -- 12:03 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would offer wounded veterans steep discounts on the state Department of Natural Resource's catch-all outdoor activity license.

The bipartisan measure would allow Purple Heart recipients who reside in Wisconsin to purchase a conservation patron license for $10. The licenses currently cost state residents $165.

Purple Heart recipients who live outside Wisconsin would pay $161 for a license; out-of-state residents currently pay $600 per license.

Conservation patron licenses authorize the holder to participate in a range of hunting, trapping and fishing activities.

The bill also would offer out-of-state Purple Heart winners individual outdoor licenses at cheaper state resident prices.

The Senate approved the bill on a unanimous voice vote on Tuesday with no debate. It now goes to the state Assembly.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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