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participating in the 2008 Fort McCoy hunting seasons will notice
several changes that should enhance their hunting experience, said
the installation’s Wildlife biologist, said one of the changes is to
suspend the previous hunter sign-in/sign-out requirements for all
hunting seasons on the installation.
sign-in sheds will remain open to provide additional information to
hunters, such as Game Line/Area Closure listing, large- scale hunting
area map, announcements, and general hunting information,"
Beckmann said. "Hunters are encouraged to check the information
periodically to find out about any changes for their particular
other steps have been taken this year to provide additional hunting
opportunities for the Gun-Deer season, Beckmann said.
in previous years, military personnel who are transferred (Permanent
Change of Station) to Fort McCoy after the permit quotas have been
filled (March 31 for 2008) are eligible to purchase a nine-day,
Gun-Deer hunting permit if they bring a copy of their orders to the
Permit Sales Office, building 2168.
with the 2008 season, Gun-Deer permits also will be available to
Wisconsin residents on active military duty outside of Wisconsin and
home on official leave. Additionally, military personnel mobilizing at
Fort McCoy during the Gun-Deer season can purchase a permit,"
who meet the active-duty or mobilization criteria must request permit
approval through the garrison command sergeant major, who can be
reached at (608) 388-3605.
new seven-day Gun-Deer permits, which have been awarded, also will
provide additional opportunities for hunters who otherwise would not
have been able to hunt on Fort McCoy, Beckmann said.
said the addition of the seven-day permit was discussed with the
garrison commander as an option for individuals not selected
(more-than 500 applications were returned) or did not apply for the
nine-day permit after the quota was filled. A key element in the
determination of the seven-day permits was that the additional harvest
would not negatively affect the installation’s deer management
program and goals.
looked at the overall deer population and determined we could issue up
to 250 permits (for seven-day hunters) on a trial basis,"
Beckmann said. "Through the excellent support of our hunters and
the issuance of bonus tags over the past five years, our overwinter
deer population goal of 20-25 deer per square mile was met for the
first time since 2003. We decided to make a limited number of
seven-day permits available this year and will evaluate the success
and results on the installation deer population."
the installation deer population within its target goals, bonus tags
will not be issued to hunters this year. Hunters will need to use
their State of Wisconsin Gun Buck Deer carcass tag.
change this year is that 1,125 randomly selected hunters will receive
a Hunter’s Choice Approval sticker that must be affixed to their
Fort McCoy Gun-Deer permit. This sticker replaces the Hunter’s
Choice Card that was issued in previous years and often confused as a
the second year, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, will be collecting
debris from the hooves of deer at the registrations stations to study
the effects of deer on the spread of invasive plant species, he said.
Luther College professor Myla Aronson chose Fort McCoy to continue
their research because of McCoy’s extensive invasive plant database
and control efforts. Fort McCoy benefits from this research by
receiving empirical data of potential factors that spread the invasive
plants without having to allocate its own resources.
and motorists also are reminded of the safety risks that go along with
the fall hunting seasons. Deer ticks, which can carry Lyme disease and
Anaplasmosis, still may be active dependent on weather conditions and
because of the movement of deer during mating season, he said.
should be aware of increased deer movement on Fort McCoy roadways.
said this generally picks up in late October and continues through the
Gun-Deer hunting season.
more information about hunting, call the Permit Sales Office at (608)
388-3337 or Wildlife Section at (608) 388-5374.