|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
The updated 2012 Fort McCoy Hunting and Fishing Regulation has been
posted to the installation’s public website.
David Beckmann, Fort McCoy wildlife biologist, said printed regulations
and related maps covering the fall hunting seasons are available at
several installation locations, including the Visitor Control Center,
building 35; the Hunter Information Point, on South Post across from
Gate 1; the Permit Sales Office, building 2168; the Exchange, building
1538; and Pine View Campground, building 8053.
Nate Prairie (left) of the Fort McCoy Wildlife program collects
hunting information from a hunter at the Fort McCoy Hunter
Information Point, on South Post across from Gate 1. The Fort
McCoy Hunting and Fishing regulation and related maps are
available at this location.
Printed regulations and maps also are available locally at Don & Vi’s in
Sparta, Roscoe’s in Tomah, and the Tomah and Sparta Walmart stores,
“Anyone can download and/or print the regulations from the public
website, however, maps are not available online,” he said.
The regulations are available by clicking the hunting and fishing
information button on the front page of the Fort McCoy public website at
Major changes in the updated hunting regulations include eliminating the
muzzle-loader deer hunting season, requiring the unloading and casing of
firearms and bows on or in a vehicle, prohibiting concealed weapons on
Fort McCoy property and allowing hunters to participate in group hunting
after harvesting a deer.
Archery, small game and fall turkey seasons currently are under way.
Beckmann said the application period for the 2012 cantonment archery and
gun-deer seasons has closed. Military personnel stationed at Fort McCoy
after the June 15 application deadline still can obtain a gun-deer
permit and should check with the Permit Sales Office for more
information. The 2012 nine-day gun-deer season will run from Nov.
The Permit Sales Office will continue to accept applications for the
fall turkey hunt. Hunters whose applications are accepted must purchase
their permits from an authorized Automated License Issuance System (ALIS)
center. ALIS equipment is located at sporting good stores and other
authorized Department of Natural Resources ALIS locations. Fort McCoy
also has ALIS equipment at Pine View Campground and the Exchange
“Hunters transporting weapons on Fort McCoy must ensure weapons are
unloaded and cased,” Beckmann said. “As a federal installation, Fort
McCoy prohibits concealed weapons although Wisconsin allows them
(through a November 2011 concealed-carry law). Fort McCoy also will not
allow the harvesting of wolves during the 2012-13 hunting season (as is
being allowed by the state).”
A change based on hunters’ requests to be allowed to continue hunting
after they have already harvested a deer is included in the new
regulations. Beckmann said these hunters now can participate in a group
The majority of the fishing regulations remain unchanged from last year,
said John Noble, Fort McCoy fisheries biologist.
Minor changes have been made to require anglers using fish shanties to
remove them at the end of a fishing day and not leave them in place
overnight. Fish size and bag limits for Ranch Creek also have been
adjusted to match the state regulation to allow fishermen, with the
proper licenses and permits, to take three trout daily with a minimum
length of 9 inches each.
People hunting and fishing at Fort McCoy also must be aware that
training has priority over any land use.
Beckmann and Noble said hunters and anglers can check for up-to-date
hunting and fishing area closures by calling the Game Line at
Questions about hunting and fishing regulations and procedures can be
directed to the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337. Office
hours are 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. E-mail requests about
regulations and/or maps can be sent to