Spring Turkey Application Deadline December 10

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Turkey hunters have until Dec. 10 to apply for a permit for the 2005 Wisconsin spring turkey hunting season. Preliminary permit levels for the spring season are set at 193,386 permits available in the 43 turkey management zones, and 237 permits available for those state parks that are open for spring turkey hunting. This is an increase from 186,625 total permits issued for the 2004 spring season.

Success rates over the past few years have been in the 25 percent level. As long as the weather cooperates, we expect a hunter success rate at least equal to or a little better than last spring.

Successful spring permit winners can expect to receive a postcard by early February notifying them of the zone and time period(s) they are drawn for. Permit winners can then purchase a spring turkey license and stamp approval at any license vendor. A tie-on carcass tag will be printed at the time of purchase along with the turkey license and stamp approval.

Free turkey hunter education clinics will again be offered statewide, typically occurring February through April. Clinics cover turkey biology and behavior, hunting methods, regulations, safety precautions, and hunter/landowner ethics. Clinic sites and dates are still being finalized. Information on where clinics will be held will be available at all license vendors, on the turkey hunting pages of the DNR Web site at DNR service centers or by calling (608) 261-8458, beginning about mid-December. Additional clinics may be added after the initial listing. Hunters that don’t find a clinic in their area at first should periodically check the Internet or at a DNR service center for updates.

The 2005 spring turkey season starts on April 13 and consists of six, 5-day time periods that end on May 22. Any applications postmarked after the Dec. 10 deadline or filled out incorrectly will not be considered for the drawing. Applications and the required $3 permit application fee may be purchased at all Wisconsin DNR service centers, ALIS vendors, at the DNR On-line Service Center (www.wildlifelicense.com/wi) or by calling toll free 1-877-945-4236.