Fall and Spring Turkey Season Applications Now Available in Wisconsin

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Applications for the 2012 fall and 2013 spring Wisconsin turkey hunting season are now available and can be purchased at any of the 1,350 locations that sell Department of Natural Resources licenses or over the Internet through the DNR Online License Center.

The fall turkey application deadline is August 1, and the 2013 spring turkey application deadline is Dec. 10.

Beginning this year, there will no longer be a paper applications process. Turkey application information will be collected at the sales locations or online. The new electronic application process will make it is easier for hunters to view and/or change application choices if necessary. Changes can be completed through the on-line License Center, or through the DNR Call Center at 1-888-936-7463. Changes can be made right up to the deadline, with the last submission superseding all previous applications.

People who purchase a Conservation Patron license prior to July 4 will receive special instructions on how to submit their turkey applications in if they did not provide this information at the time of purchase. As in the past, Conservation Patron holders can go on-line at any time from now until the deadline and submit their applications for free.

Up to four people can apply as a group application. Each person in the group will need to submit the exact same choices and provide the same group leader Customer ID number. Hunters should be aware that during the drawing, the entire group will receive the preference associated to the customer in their group with the least preference points. This means that if one of the group members has zero preference points, the entire group will go into the pool of applicants at the level of zero points. Landowner preference cannot be applied to group applications.

Customers who wish to claim landowner preference will be able to do so when they apply for their turkey application. To qualify, the landowner must own at least 50 contiguous acres of land and apply for the zone where the land is located. Customers who claim landowner preference when purchasing their application at an agent location will be required to provide the last four digits of their social security number as a form of electronic signature verifying that they understand and comply with the landowner preference requirements.

The bobcat application is also now available for purchase. The bobcat drawing application fee is $6. The deadline for the bobcat application is August 1. This application can also be purchase via the Online License Center or at any DNR agent location.

To find a license agent closest to you, visit the web site dnr.wi.gov and search with the key words “License Agents”, or call the Call Center at 1-888-936-7463. Customer Service Representatives are available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.