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May 11, 2012


McCoy fall quota hunting application, selection process revised

The application and selection process for all 2012 fall quota hunt permits (Gun-Deer, Cantonment Archery, and Fall Turkey) at Fort McCoy has been revised in line with Department of the Army regulations.

Permit selection no longer will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. Selection will be conducted using a random drawing of all applications received by the deadline date, June 15, with separate permit allotments established for each of three application categories.

David Beckmann, Fort McCoy wildlife biologist, said the new Fort McCoy fall quota hunting procedures will not affect non-quota hunts, such as general archery and small game.

Permits for fall quota hunts will be awarded based on applications received in three categories, which 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 will be A) 25 percent, B) 15 percent and C) 60 percent. Any permits not awarded during the category A and B drawing will be available to category C applicants.

Hunters can download the application and instructions from the Fort McCoy public website, or the information is available by sending an e-mail request to the Permit Sales Office at usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.mail.dpw-permit-sales@mail.mil.

Applications for the Fort McCoy fall quota hunting seasons can be postmarked or submitted at any time and must be postmarked or delivered to Fort McCoy by Friday, June 15, Beckmann said.

Applications also can be dropped off at the Permit Sales Office, building 2168, or the Visitor Control Center, building 35, by 3:30 p.m. June 15.

Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified through the mail by Aug. 1. Beckmann said this allows unsuccessful applicants an opportunity to find alternative hunting areas elsewhere.

The gun-deer season will coincide with the state of Wisconsin season from Nov. 17-25. Cantonment archery and fall turkey seasons will begin Sept. 15. A full list of season dates is available at the Fort McCoy public website www.mccoy.army.mil.

Beckmann said anyone interested in participating in any of these hunts is encouraged to get their applications postmarked and mailed or dropped off as soon as possible. This allows the information to be computerized and reduces the time to update the database before the drawing.

Several changes have been made to the installation gun-deer hunting seasons this year. Beckmann said the muzzle-loader season and the seven-day gun-deer permit will not be available because Fort McCoy has reached its overwinter deer population goal and can manage the population using the gun-deer season. Hunters still may use muzzle-loaders during the gun-deer season. The youth mentorship program will continue for all hunting seasons. Participants must follow Fort McCoy regulations and any Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) guidelines and rules associated with the program and obtain the necessary Fort McCoy permits.

A limited number of Fort McCoy Gun-Deer Bonus Tags may be available if deer-management strategies dictate. Information regarding the Fort McCoy Gun-Deer Bonus Tags will be available at the Permit Sales Office, Fort McCoy public website, and the Hunter Information Points by Oct. 1, Beckmann said. The number of gun-deer permits will remain at 2,000; the number of bonus tags will be determined following the analysis of summer deer surveys, Beckmann said.

Applications must include a WDNR customer number, which is available from a WDNR Service Center or by calling 1-888-936-7463. Successful applicants must purchase their permits at a WDNR Automated License Issuance System agents, such as a WDNR Service Center, local sport shops, the Pine View Campground or from the WDNR website at http://dnr.wi.gov.

For questions regarding the new application procedures, general hunting information and procedures, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337.

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