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January 25, 2013


Spring turkey applications due by Feb. 11

Applications are available for hunters interested in the 2013 spring turkey hunting seasons at Fort McCoy.

The direct link to the application is http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Visitors/FishHunt/apps/pdf/SpringTurkeyApp.pdf ; additional information about hunting and fishing on the installation is available at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Visitors/FishHuntInfo.asp.

Applications may be mailed or hand delivered to the Permit Sales Office (building 2168). Applications must be received or postmarked by the Feb. 11 deadline date. Applications received or postmarked after Feb. 11 will be eligible for any remaining permits on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications received or postmarked by Feb. 11 will be part of a random, computer drawing for permits.

Hunters can apply for Fort McCoy permits if they were not selected for a State of Wisconsin Spring Turkey hunting permit. Those selected for a State of Wisconsin Spring Turkey Hunting Permit normally receive notification by early February from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR).

Fort McCoy will have six hunting periods beginning in April. Each period will be five days (Monday-Friday) compared to the state’s seven-day season, except for the first season, which is three days (Wednesday-Friday), said David Beckmann, Fort McCoy wildlife biologist. The shorter Fort McCoy seasons help minimize disruptions to military training and also leave at least two days open for scouting with no disruptions to other hunters.

Hunters must identify their category and season preference on the applications. Categories for the Spring Turkey Season are: A) active and retired military, Reserve and National Guard and military dependent identification-card holders, B) active and retired Department of Defense and nonappropriated fund civilian employees and their legal dependents, and, C) general public. The category allotments for each hunting period will be A) 25 percent, B) 15 percent and C) 60 percent. Any permits not awarded during the category A and B drawings will be available to category C applicants.

Successful Fort McCoy permit applicants will be compared with the WDNR spring turkey recipient list and removed from the Fort McCoy selection if selected for a state zone.

Permits must be purchased from the Automated License Issue System available at an authorized WDNR agent statewide, including Pine View Campground, building 8053, and the Exchange (military authorized only) at Fort McCoy.

Hunters should know that some of Fort McCoy’s rules are not the same as the state of Wisconsin Spring Turkey Season. Rules hunters should be aware of include:

• Wisconsin ACT 51 does not apply on Fort McCoy. Anyone transporting weapons on the installation must ensure they are unloaded and cased. Fort McCoy also does not allow concealed carry weapons on the installation as is legal under the state of Wisconsin concealed carry weapons law.
• Fort McCoy turkey hunters do not need to register their turkey on Fort McCoy, but should follow the WDNR registration procedures and be sure to select Fort McCoy as the hunting zone.

All harvested turkeys must be registered using one of the following two methods:
1) Call the DNR’s Turkey Harvest Registration Hotline at 1-888-HUNT-WIS (1-888-486-8947). The phone-in system will only accept touch-tone entries.
2) Use the online Harvest Registration System http://dnr.wi.gov/harvestdata/default.aspx.

For more information, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337. Hours are 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays.

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