Wisconsin issues permits for spring turkey hunt

MADISON, Wis. — There were 135,202 successful applicants who received Wisconsin spring turkey harvest authorizations following completion of the application drawing.

A total of 244,968 authorizations were available for the spring season. Bonus harvest authorizations that were not issued in the drawing will be available for purchase beginning March 18.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has mailed postcard notifications to successful applicants. Hunters can also monitor their harvest authorization status in their online account at GoWild.WI.gov.

Along with a spring turkey harvest authorization, a valid 2019 spring turkey license and Wild Turkey Stamp are required to hunt turkeys in Wisconsin. Licenses and stamp privileges may be purchased online at GoWild.WI.gov or at any license agent beginning in March at the start of the license year.

Collector turkey stamps may only be purchased at DNR service centers.

The regular spring turkey season begins on the third Wednesday in April. In 2019, the season will run from April 17 through May 28, with six seven-day periods running Wednesday through the following Tuesday.

Hunters are reminded that the state park hunting zones have been eliminated following a 2014 rule change. Instead, state parks are included in the current turkey management zones and will remain open for spring turkey hunting during select periods. For more information, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “hunting state parks.”

Spring turkey hunting regulations can be found within the 2018 Small Game Hunting Regulations, 2018 Fall Turkey Regulations and 2019 Spring Turkey Regulations.

All harvest authorizations remaining after the drawing will be sold as bonus harvest authorizations starting at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18.

Bonus harvest authorizations will be first issued for sale by zone, one zone per day. Bonus harvest authorizations may be purchased at a rate of one per day until the zone and time-period sells out or the season closes.

Bonus turkey harvest authorizations cost $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents.

Youth hunters under the age of 16 may hunt during the youth turkey hunt on April 13-14. For more information and the rules and regulations on the spring turkey youth hunt, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “youth hunt.”

In Michigan, the deadline for spring turkey hunt applications is Feb. 1.