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November 09, 2012

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Fort McCoy Gun-Deer season to run from Nov. 17-25

The 2012 gun-deer hunt at Fort McCoy will run from Nov. 17-25. David Beckmann, Fort McCoy wildlife biologist, said all permits for the 2012 hunt have been sold.

Military personnel who have had a permanent change-of-station move to Fort McCoy after the June deadline, however, still can obtain permits. Beckmann encouraged anyone in this category interested in participating in the hunt to contact the Permit Sales Office.

Hunters: Be aware of UXO

Hunters may encounter unexploded ordnance (UXO), and if they do they should contact the Directorate of Emergency Services, no matter their location, with the information.

David Beckmann, Fort McCoy Wildlife biologist, said anyone who believes they have encountered UXO should not touch, move or disturb it, and should immediately and carefully leave the area following the same path on which they entered the area. Anyone who encounters or sees UXO at the installation should call the Fort McCoy Public Safety Center at 608-388-2000 and report what they saw, where they saw it and if they were able to mark the area.

Anyone who encounters a marked or guarded location with UXO at Fort McCoy is advised to avoid the site.
 

All hunters selected must purchase their permits from an authorized Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Automated License Issuance System (ALIS) agent. Hunters should purchase permits as soon as possible to ensure any problems can be addressed before the start of the season, Beckmann said.

Hunters are encouraged to carefully read the updated Fort McCoy hunting regulation. Beckmann noted the 2012 regulation was posted online in September. Changes include the ability to hunt with a group for the remainder of the season after filling their carcass tag and the elimination of the seven-day permit.

The regulation is available online at www.mccoy.army.mil/Visitors/FishHuntInfo.asp. Maps are not available online.

Printed copies of the regulation, including maps, are available on post at Pine View Campground, building 8053; the Hunter Information Point on South Post across from Gate 1; the Visitor Control Center, building 35; the Permit Sales Office, building 2168; and the Exchange, building 1538.

Off post, printed copies of the regulation and maps are available at Don & Vi’s in Sparta, Roscoe’s in Tomah, and the Tomah and Sparta Wal-Mart stores, Beckmann said.

The archery season is under way and hunters are reporting good success, including in the authorized cantonment hunting areas, he said.

Hunters are reminded that archery hunting is not allowed during the gun-deer season, Beckmann said.

Any last-minute changes can be found on the Fort McCoy public website (www.mccoy.army.mil) under the Visitors menu heading, fishing and hunting section, important notices. Changes, if any, will also be posted at the Hunter Information Check Points.

A limited number of Antlerless Bonus Carcass tags were made available for purchase to Fort McCoy gun-deer permit holders for $12. These tags went on sale Oct. 23, and all 400 bonus tags were sold within five hours.

Hunters must transport their weapons in an approved manner, which includes the firearms being authorized, properly registered and in the custody of a person authorized by Fort McCoy Regulation 190-2 to possess such firearms. Weapons must be unloaded and cased.

The Wisconsin concealed-carry law, which went into effect in 2011, is not in effect at Fort McCoy.

Hunters are reminded to check the Game Line at 688-388-4263 (GAME) before going out into the field to ensure their selected hunting area is open. If there is training going on in an area, hunters are required to go to another area, Beckmann said. Motorists also are reminded to be watchful because the deer are moving, especially at dusk and dawn.

For more information about the regulation or maps, call the Permit Sales Office at 688-388-3337 from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays or send e-mail to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.mail.dpw-permit-sales@mail.mil

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