The 2015 spring turkey permit drawing has ended, and 134,257 successful applicants will receive spring wild turkey permits.
A total of 237,768 permits have been made available for the spring 2015 turkey season - remaining permits will be available through over-the-counter sales beginning March 23.
Postcard notifications have been sent to successful applicants, and should arrive within the next few weeks. Hunters can check permit application status online through the Department of Natural Resource's Online Licensing Center, or by calling the DNR Customer Call Center from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m., seven days a week, at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).
Spring turkey periods open for seven days
The spring 2015 turkey hunt will run from April 15 to May 26, with six seven-day periods running Wednesday through the following Tuesday. A total of seven zones and Fort McCoy will be open for hunting.
New in 2015, Wisconsin's state park turkey hunting zones have been eliminated. Hunters are no longer able to apply for spring turkey permits in any of the previous state park hunting zones. State parks will remain open to spring turkey hunting during the first three time periods only, and have been absorbed into the surrounding turkey management zones. For example, a hunter wishing to hunt within Governor Dodge State Park, previously Zone 1A, may still do so with a Zone 1 permit. For more information regarding hunting within state parks is available by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "hunting state parks."
Hunters are reminded that the Fort McCoy spring turkey hunting season is managed separately from the State of Wisconsin spring turkey hunt. Hunters who do not receive an approval to hunt turkeys through the state drawing in a Wisconsin turkey hunting zone for the 2015 spring season are eligible to apply for a spring permit at Fort McCoy. Applications can be obtained from Fort McCoy by calling 608-388-3337 or online at www.mccoy.army.mil
Leftover spring turkey permits go on sale March 23
The 103,516 remaining permits for the 2015 spring turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. Leftover permits will be first issued for sale by zone, one zone per day - each zone will have a designated sales date.
Hunters are encouraged to use the turkey zone map [PDF] and turkey permit availability pages to see if permits are available for the period and zone in which they wish to hunt.
The following zones have leftover permits, and scheduled sales dates are as follows:
Zone 1 - Monday, March 23;
Zone 2 - Tuesday, March 24;
Zone 3 - Wednesday, March 25;
Zone 4 - Thursday, March 26; and
Zones 5, 6 and 7 - Friday, March 27 (due to the low number of permits left in these units, sales have been combined into one day).
After zone-only sales, all remaining turkey tags will be available for purchase Saturday, March 28. Extra tags may be purchased at a rate of one per day until the zone and time period sells out or the season ends.
The fee for leftover turkey permits is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents, and each will have equal opportunity to purchase over-the-counter permits. All hunters will be required to purchase a spring turkey license and 2015 Wild Turkey Stamp, unless they have previously purchased the license and stamp or a 2015 Conservation Patron License. Purchasing permits will not affect preference point status for future spring or fall turkey permit drawings.
Leftover permits can be purchased through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website, at all authorized license agents, at DNR Service Centers (Hours for service centers vary; check the DNR website for service center days and hours of operation; DNR Service Centers are not open on Saturdays), or by calling toll-free 1-877-LICENSE (1-877-945-4236).
Youth turkey hunt set for April 11- 12
Youth hunters ages 12-15 who have completed hunter education and are accompanied by an adult age 18 or older are encouraged to participate in this year's Youth Turkey Hunt April 11- 12.
In addition, thanks to the Mentored Hunting Program that took effect in the fall of 2009, youth hunters aged 10 and 11 may now also participate in the 2015 youth turkey hunt without first having completed hunter education, as long as they do so with a qualified adult mentor and follow the rules laid out under the laws of the program. Each youth hunter must have a valid spring 2015 turkey harvest permit, license, and Wild Turkey Stamp. Youth may hunt in the Turkey Management Zone for which their permit is valid, regardless of the time period for which their permit is issued, and may harvest only one male or bearded turkey during the two-day youth hunt.
Youth hunters who do not successfully harvest a turkey during the April 11-12 hunt may use their unfilled permit during the time period and in the zone for which the permit was issued. All other spring turkey hunting regulations apply.
A limited number of Turkey Hunter Education Clinics are being offered this spring in southeastern Wisconsin. For more information regarding these clinics and general turkey hunting information, search keywords "turkey clinics" and "turkey" respectively.
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