Link to new post, August 17, 2017, Wisconsin Collector Stamps; How to order
Update August 23/ 2016 – Wisconsin 2016 Fall Turkey Permits are available
Updated March 21, 2016, See here for how it worked on the first day of leftover turkey tag sales.
Wisconsin DNR has almost completed the testing on the new Go Wild site. This is where we will be purchasing license and permits for the upcoming 2016 hunting and fishing seasons starting early next week.
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Here’s what’s new
- Deer and bear hunters will no longer be issued back tags. Governor Walker signed the bill eliminating the back tag requirement. It passed the legislature with over whelming bipartisan support.
- All outdoor license and permits will be purchased via Go Wild.
License and permits
- Stored on a Wisconsin driver license. Accomplished automatically for online purchases. License vendors will swipe the driver license to load your purchases onto your license.
- Don’t want to use your driver license? Purchase the new $3.50 Conservation Card. This card will be collectible with a new card each year. Made of plastic like a credit card.
- Keep copies of license on your smart phone.
- Print paper copies either on your printer or at the license vendor.
Carcass tags will no longer be required to be attached to the harvested game. We will keep the tags in our pocket. After harvest, write the date and time on the tag. If cell connection is available in the area you may immediately register your harvest. In any case, hunters are required to carry a hard copy of their license/tag. Once registered a validated tag can be printed which will have the registration number on it and kept until all meat is consumed.
Update 3/16/16 – Some are concerned if you decide to carry your license on your cell phone and hand it to a warden or other law enforcement officer for license verification; they will be able to search it. I posed this question to Administrative Warden Matthew O’Brien. Here is his reply;
In using the term “search”, I assume you are implying looking at things beyond the license documentation, such as photos or text messages.
A warden’s ability to conduct a 4th amendment search of an electronic device is the same now as it was before; absent consent, both substantive and procedural prongs of the constitutional protections would need to be satisfied before a search could lawfully occur.
So the mere fact that you are lawfully exhibiting your license on an electronic device will not automatically permit a search of your phone’s contents. No different than exhibiting your driver’s license on a traffic stop does not permit an officer to automatically search the wallet from where the license emerged.
The convenience fee is now whatever the credit card company charge is, that should be less than the old $3.00 charge. If you pay with the routing and account number of your checking account there is no fee.
License vendors will continue to receive 50 cents for each license they issue and 15 cents for each stamp sold. The vendors rely on us to buy other things while purchasing our licenses.
When the Go Wild system opens for business. You will need to create an account with user name and password. Once this is done you can log in without entering all of your personal data.
Update March 14, 2016, 9:38 pm: Go Wild site is still not up and running even though Secretary Stepp radio commercials were being broadcast on many AM stations today. It’s critical the Go Wild site is flawlessly running by March 21st because this is the start of 2016 Spring Turkey OTC Permits go on sale. First come first serve basis.
DNR personal have given me assurance that a backup plan is set just in case. What is that plan entail? Glad you asked. Remember the old telephone call in system. Yeah, the one where we call in repeatedly trying to get past the busy signal and when that’s accomplished wait on hold for your turn. Ugh. Make sure your phone battery is well charged. In person, license vendors will not be sell permits unless the Go Wild system is up and running.
Update March 15, 2016, Wisconsin Go Wild site is not active yet. I found this page on WDNR. Just a little more information to study while we wait. For those who plan to buy a leftover spring turkey permit understanding the new licensing process and navigation is paramount.
Go WildProve it
The new Go Wild system secures your license, permits, state stamps and hunter safety education information online which can be accessed through a variety of items including your original paper document, a paper reprint, an optional conservation card, your authenticated Wisconsin driver’s license, or a department-generated PDF displayed on your electronic device – no more worries about losing your one and only copy. Depending on which item you choose to use, you will have access to all of these records. Please note all forms of proof are NOT acceptable for all types of authorizations – see tables for details.
Update March 17, 2016, 8:00 AM: GoWild.wi.gov is up and looks good on my mobile device. Will purchase conservation patron license later.
Update March 17, 2016, 10:56 AM: Began the signup process. Easy to follow the screens through the conservation patron license application for 2016 fall turkey, 2017 spring turkey, hip, goose, fisher, otter, & sturgeon.
Antlerless tags did not display, nor did any of the stamps; pheasant, turkey, trout. This provided an opportunity to contact WDNR customer service.
Called the DNR service phone number and clicked for the chat, connected to a rep in about 6 minutes for the chat line and received answers to all my questions. There is no print selection on the chat box so if you want a transcript you’ll need to print screen. The phone stayed on hold listening to music and WDNR promos for a little over 11 minutes. The chat was significantly faster than the phone call. For help during the spring turkey, OTC sale go for the chat. Actually, I’d do both just in case.
Learned the antlerless tags will be mailed when they become available. This is different, in the past, those were printed at the time of CP purchase. The conservation patron license includes all the stamps so they’re not printed out on the receipt separately. The conservation card does not come up as an option to buy until clicking the “featured product. If you desire the conservation card it can be purchased later. If a resident all your purchases are automatically connected to your driver license. NR will need to keep an e-copy or paper.
If speed is important at the start of the turkey OTC tag sales make sure you register in the new GoWild system and set up a username and password. This takes a few extra minutes.
Using a credit card will cost 1.75% of total sale. Conservation license card fee was $2.89 that’s a little less than the old $3 convenience. The big saving will be for each OTC turkey tag, fee 18 cents for residents. If you really want to save on the “conveniences” then use a checking account by providing the bank’s routing number and bank account number.
A hat tip to the WDNR on the new Go Wild system is intuitive and easy to understand. It is hosted on the main Wisconsin state government computer system with, what appears to be the same payment process backbone as the state revenue department. You actually leave the Go Wild side to make a payment. I practiced navigating through the system a few times in order to be ready for the turkey sale. Got to stay in shape you know. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments here.
Thanks for the research Charlie. Good stuff.
I also went onto the Go Wild website to practice before next week’s leftover sales. Ended up buying my turkey license, fishing license, and the $3.50 Go Wild card. Figured it would be convenient at times to just carry the card only in my turkey vest or fishing tackle box.
The website looks good, but the true test will be next week. In the past they haven’t properly tested for the crush of 10am leftover sales, and their wonderful new system crashed for hours. No reason that load testing can’t be properly done ahead of time, so hopefully they’ve learned. I expect that they have.
charlie elk says
The worry about next week’s turkey tag sale is understandable. The old system was purchased from Central Bank in Missouri and they in turn farmed out the work to India in 1998. It was expensive, inefficient and plagued with problems until 2013 when Wisconsin Interactive Network took over. The are located in Madison as a subsidiary of NIC. NIC is headquartered in Olathe, Kansas specializing in self funded eGovernment. The best part is Wisconsin DNR did not have to pay for it upfront, no cost. The company makes their profit from about 2.75% of future sales.
I’m impressed so far and just hope I stay impressed come Monday the 21st.
Purchased spring tag and stamp from Wal mart, mistake#1 long story. They were just getting online at the time, was first customer but they used employees drivers license to test system and he decided to buy his license in front of me wtf. Anyway have license and ready to test online leftover tag purchase! A friend had an issue while trying to set up new account- if you have ever purchased licenses or tags for a family member and used your email address you might get an error message that you need an unique email address to open your account! In other words each individual needs their own email address. Good luck and Good hunting Joe
charlie elk says
Thanks for the update joeturkey. Good luck getting your favorite OTC tags. Been out checking on the birds in your area?
Hey Charlie, yes lots of toms strutting for the girls for sure! Spent 65 minutes waitng for zone 1 tag. Started at #1730 in line on the Q waiting random list for those of us who were logged into our accounts before 1000 am ? Line was paused for about 22 minutes at 1385, then made it to my chance at 1105 am! Never left the q waiting line as someone else said their # went up every time they reclogged back in again! What a clusterhump IMO. Nice test for tomorrow anywho. Can just only imagine what it was like waiting inline at a store outlet? OMG Good luck and Good turkey tag hunting!!!!
charlie elk says
Yeah, a lot hunters wasted an entire morning with that Queue-it crap. I’m writing up a post on the mess. Your experience was much like mine. My Queue-it message told me to go get a cup of coffee and come back because I’d have 20 minutes to enter Go Wild after my number came up. OK, nice, but, oh my goodness, if everyone is lollygagging around using their 20 minutes—-the maple sap is flowing faster!
11:35 am Go Wild is all jammed up again. A Canadian hunting buddy called, he’s number 4586 in line. He does not have time wait that long.
Good luck tomorrow for unit 2 sale, bet that’s going to cause some to Go Wild in more ways than one.
Yeah I’m worried about tomorrow. Zone 2 tags sell out in about 30 to 40 minutes when the old system was working properly. I’m usually in line somewhere in the first 3 positions but working again on tues. So I will have to go wild again and try my luck! The new system has many flaws to be worked out, leaving the Q back to get tag you have to sign bask in again-username,password,state resident overagain . Too much confirmatiom redundancy IMHO They also should hold your last credit card info and just ask if you want to use it again. A couple of years back if you weren’t inline with less than 15 in front of you it would be too late to get a zone 2 tag! joe
charlie elk says
Same situation in any of the units with only a few hundred tags available. I opened several different browsers on different computers, phones and ISPs, the Q struck wherever and how ever… I had high hopes, but so far, Go Wild is a fail. Heck it even closes off the system to those who may want, say a fishing license because they too are forced into the turkey permit Q.
Thanks Charlie, yes one of the biggest problems is just logging into your account it automatically thinks you want a turkey tag? Is the system reading my mind or just my past tendencies- lol PS sorry about the spelling, I’m worse when I’m agitated! joe
charlie elk says
Got the updated post up here. I totally understand the spelling problem, this situation is maddening beyond necessity.
Lee J. Lehrer says
I just want a go wild card at this time , how do I get one my customer number is 880-494-331 .Lee
Go to http://www.GoWild.wi.gov the cards are available for purchase under “featured”