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September 28, 2012

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Hunting/Fishing Regulation update available to customers

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.
PHOTO:  A Fort McCoy Wildlife program employee collects hunting information from a hunter. File photo
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.
(File photo)

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, Beckmann said.

“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 www.mccoy.army.mil.

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. 17-Nov. 25.

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 (military only).

“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 hunt.

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 608-388-GAME (4263).

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 usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.mbx.dpw-permit-sales@mail.mil

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