Wisconsin Fall Turkey Deadline August 1

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August is an important month for hunters getting ready for the fall seasons. August 1 is the permit application deadline for fall turkey season. Later, on August 22 and 23, bonus antlerless deer permits for regular season deer management units will go on sale including state park deer hunting access permits.

All permit applications can be completed through the online services link of the Department of Natural Resources Web site, at any license sales location, or over the phone at 1-877-WI-LICENSE (1-877-945-4236). Application choices for the goose, sharp-tailed grouse, bobcat, otter, and fisher are submitted at the time the $3 application fee is paid at any license agent location. Turkey application choices must be submitted by either applying online or by completing a paper application after the $3 application fee has been paid. Turkey hunters are also required to purchase a 2009 Fall Turkey License and Stamp unless they have previously purchased this license and stamp or are currently a 2009 Conservation Patron license holder. Conservation patron license holders will receive both the 2009 fall and 2010 spring turkey applications in the mail.

2009 fall turkey season

There will be 95,700 wild turkey permits available to hunters for the fall 2009 turkey hunting season, the same number that was available during the 2008 fall season.

Permits remaining after the drawing will go on sale beginning at noon on Saturday, August 29, 2009. Turkey permit availability will be posted on the wild turkey page of the DNR Web site. The permits can be purchased online through the DNR Web site, at any licensed license vendor or by phone at 1-877-WI-LICENSE (1-877-945-4236). The fee for these permits will be $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Purchases are limited to one permit per day until each zone is sold out. Purchasing leftover permits does not affect a hunter's preference status for future spring or fall turkey permit drawings.

What's new for fall turkey in 2009?

  • * A proposal to add an extended fall season running Nov. 30-Dec. 31 is currently under legislative review. If approved, the extended season would take place ONLY in turkey management zones 1-5.
  • * In the fall 2009 season ONLY, hunters may use dogs to hunt wild turkeys IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES ONLY: Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, and Wood. This is a pilot program that may be extended statewide following review.
  • The 2009 fall season runs Sept. 12 through Nov. 19 for all 7 Wisconsin turkey management zones. The bag limit is one turkey of any age or sex per fall turkey hunting permit (carcass tag). Hunters must bring their tagged turkey to a designated registration station no later than 5 p.m. the day after it is harvested.

    Turkey hunters harvested 10,698 turkeys in the 2008 fall season, for which 95,700 permits were available. There were no hunting accidents reported during the 2008 fall season.

    Antlerless permits sales

    Bonus antlerless deer permits for regular deer management units and state park deer hunting access permits will be sold at the rate of one permit per person per day until a deer management unit is sold out or the hunting season ends. Permits for even numbered regular deer management units will go on sale Saturday Aug. 22 at noon until midnight. Any remaining permits again go on sale Monday Aug 24 until they are gone. Odd numbered regular deer management unit permits will go on sale Sunday Aug 23 at noon and will remain on sale until sold out or the hunting season ends.

    Purchasing a deer hunting license prior to Aug. 22 can speed up the permit purchasing process, suggest officials, since hunters must first purchase a license before they can purchase a bonus antlerless permit. Hunters can check for permit availability on the DNR Web site. Some units -- those with relatively low numbers of available permits -- can be expected to sell out quickly. The supply of available permits in units with high numbers can be expected to last longer. Hunters may want to monitor permit availability online.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: on fall turkey season contact Sharon Fandel, assistant upland ecologist - (608) 261-8458 or Scott Hull, upland wildlife ecologist - (608) 267-7861; on deer permits contact Jason Fleener, assistant deer ecologist – - (608) 261-7589