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Bear Kill Tags 1986 - 2000
Bear hunting has long been a Wisconsin tradition and from early on all the way through the 1970s bear hunters used their metal deer tag to tag the bear. Bear were also registered with deer registration tags with one exception in 1957 there was a separate bear registration tag. In 1974 the DNR started issuing Bear Hunting Licenses without a tag, which continued to 1984. In 1985 there was no bear hunting season. Then starting in 1986 the DNR issued a computer generated license along with the kill tags you see below. In 1998 the Kill Tag became a Back Tag and in 2001 Bear Kill Tags and Back Tags were issued through the automated system, which continues through today.
635 lb Bear Shot Near Webster, WI 1960