|Even though the opening weekend of the nine-day
gun-deer season at Fort McCoy got off to a slow start because of the
rainy, dreary weather, among other factors, hunters picked up steam
during the remainder of the season to help the installation get close to
its harvest goal of approximately 630 deer, said David Beckmann.
Nate Prairie of the Fort McCoy
Wildlife Program ages a buck harvested during the Fort McCoy
gun-deer season. (Photo by
Beckmann, the installation’s Wildlife manager, said the 312 deer
harvested during the 2011 opening weekend was the same number
harvested on the 2010 opening day. The final 2011 total was 594 (214
antlered, 380 antlerless), compared to the final 2010 total of 697
(288 antlered and 408 antlerless).
The seven-day permits sold brought more hunters to the field for the
latter part of the season and helped move the deer and increase the
harvest totals, Beckmann said.
“Although gun-deer hunters didn’t report seeing large groups of
deer, hunters who were here for the muzzle-loader, disabled hunt,
and (early) archery seasons reported seeing a good number of deer
and deer signs,” he said.
Several installation areas were closed to hunting the first weekend
of hunting due to training on several ranges. Beckmann said there
were no major problems reported.
Youth hunters, ages 10-12, who had a valid Fort McCoy permit and who
followed the State Youth Mentorship Program guidelines, also had a
successful hunt. This was the first year participants under the
Youth Mentorship Program were allowed to hunt on McCoy.
“Early indications are the deer are again entering the winter in
good condition,” and herd numbers will be in good shape for next
year, he said.
Archery hunting and an extended fall turkey hunting season re-opened
the day after the gun-deer season ended and will continue through
Dec. 31, as well.
Permits are available for both seasons. Beckmann said archery
hunters can purchase their permit directly from any authorized
Automated License Issuance System (ALIS) agent, while fall turkey
hunters need to apply through the Permit Sales Office.
For more information about hunting and fishing seasons and
regulations at Fort McCoy, visit the Fort McCoy website at
www.mccoy.army.mil or call
the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337 or e-mail