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October 14, 2011

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Fall turkey hunting season expanding;
state regulation changes highlighted

Hunters at Fort McCoy can participate in a late fall turkey-hunting season following the gun-deer season.

David Beckmann, Fort McCoy wildlife biologist, said the season extension was approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) for state hunters this fall.

“We have expanded our fall turkey season to include the late season which will begin (Monday) Nov. 28, the day after the gun-deer season ends, and run through Dec. 31,” Beckmann said.

Hunters interested in the fall turkey permit must apply through the Permit Sales Office. Applications are available on the Fort McCoy Public website (www.mccoy.army.mil) or from the Permit Sales Office.

Hunters whose applications are approved for the fall turkey hunting seasons must purchase the permits through the WDNR Automated License Issuance System (ALIS).

ALIS vendors are located throughout the state, and also at the Fort McCoy Pine View Campground, building 8053, and at the Fort McCoy Exchange (military personnel), building 1538.

Permits for gun-deer and cantonment area archery are sold out. However, military personnel stationed on Fort McCoy after the application period are eligible to receive a permit.

“Applicants must present their orders showing they arrived on Fort McCoy after the permit quota was filled,” said Beckmann.

Although the state approved archery hunting during the gun-deer season this year, archery hunting will not be allowed on Fort McCoy during the gun-deer hunt, Beckmann said.

The archery season change was evaluated to see how it would affect the gun-deer hunt operations and it was decided to keep the nine-day season as a gun-only hunt, Beckmann said.

“Including archery hunting during this period would require a change in our regulations and registration procedures,” he said. “It could also potentially increase hunter density beyond what we have determined is optimal for a successful, enjoyable, and safe hunt.”

Youth hunters (ages 10 and 11) can participate in any Fort McCoy hunting season under the WDNR Mentorship Program. Youth and their mentors must possess required Fort McCoy permit(s). Contact the Permit Sales Office for more information.

Beckmann also noted as a federal installation Fort McCoy will not observe the new state of Wisconsin concealed carry law that goes into effect Nov. 1. Hunters visiting Fort McCoy will face legal sanctions if they bring/carry concealed weapons onto the installation so they should plan accordingly, he said.

For more information about the fall hunting seasons, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337, visit building 2168, or e-mail them at usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.mail.dpw-permit-sales@mail.mil.

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