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November 11, 2011


Hunters encouraged to help make

Nov. 19-27 deer hunt successful

The start of the Fort McCoy gun-deer season is just over a week away. Hunters and motorists are being encouraged to do their part to help make the Nov. 19-27 hunt a success.

All of the permits for the gun-deer hunt have been awarded, said David Beckmann, Fort McCoy wildlife biologist.

Hunters who have been selected must purchase their permits from an authorized Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Automated License Issuance System agent.

Any hunter who has not yet purchased their gun-deer permit is urged to do so as soon as possible to ensure any problems can be addressed before the start of the season, Beckmann said.

Hunters are reminded to carefully read the Fort McCoy hunting regulation. Changes include hunting-area access times, weapon restrictions in select areas, and allowing youth ages 10-12 to participate in the hunting season if they possess a Fort McCoy gun-deer permit and follow the State Youth Mentorship Program guidelines, said Beckmann.

An additional change is the South Post Registration Station will no longer be at the old scale house, but will remain in the same vicinity, adjacent to the South Post Hunter Information Point, Beckmann said.

Hunters will receive a letter explaining any last minute changes. These items also can be found on the Fort McCoy public website (www.mccoy.army.mil) under the visitors heading, fishing and hunting section, Important Notices.

An online version of the regulation and other hunting and fishing information also can be accessed through the public website. Hunting maps are not available online and must be obtained from building 35 or the Permit Sales Office, building 2168.

Printed regulations and/or maps are available at Pine View Campground, building 8053, building 35, the Permit Sales Office, and the Exchange, building 1538.

Motorists are reminded to be careful because the deer are moving, especially at dusk and dawn, Beckmann said.

Hunters also are reminded the Wisconsin concealed-carry law, which went into effect Nov. 1, does not apply at Fort McCoy.
Firearms being brought onto post must be transported in an approved manner, which includes the firearms being authorized and properly registered and in the custody of a person authorized by Fort McCoy Regulation 190-2 to possess such firearms.

Hunters out in the field are reminded to check the Gameline at 608-388-4263 to ensure there is no training scheduled in their selected hunting area. If there is training going on in an area, hunters are required to go to another area.

For more information about the regulations or maps, call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337 from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays or send e-mails to usarmy.mccoy.imcom-northeast.mail.dpw-permit-sales@mail.mil.

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