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For information on turkey hunting, contact:
Jaqi Christopher
Assistant upland ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-261-8458

Spring turkey hunting opportunities for the disabled

Wisconsin law provides for a variety of hunting, fishing and recreational use permits designed to help people with disabilities enjoy the state's natural resources.

For disabled hunters wishing to participate in the spring turkey hunting season there are a couple different options available. These options and additional information on how to apply are outlined on this page.

For information on season dates, permit levels and zone maps, please visit turkey hunting.

Learn more about how we work hard to ensure that people with disabilities are provided with hunting opportunities around Wisconsin. Visit Open the Outdoors.

Option 1 - Apply for drawing

The first option is to apply for a permit in the regular spring turkey hunting drawing. Wisconsin's state park turkey management zones were recently eliminated under a new rule; this change became effective on September 1, 2014. This means that hunters are no longer able to apply for spring turkey permits in any of the previous state park hunting zones, including the Disabled Only Hunting Zones. However, state parks are still open for spring turkey hunting and have been absorbed into the larger turkey management zones (i.e., a hunter wishing to hunt in Disabled Zone 1G, Natural Bridge State Park, should now apply for Zone 1). More information on hunting within state parks is available on the state park hunting page of the DNR website.

Applications cost $3 and are available at any DNR service center, licensing agent or by applying online. Applications are due December 10 for the spring season. Permits are limited in each turkey management zone and if the number of applicants exceeds the number of permits, a random drawing will be conducted to determine successful applicants. All successful applicants are allowed assistants to aid in their pursuit but the applicants must provide the park supervisor or property manager with the name and address of their designated assistant at least 1 week prior to hunting. The designated assistant may use a firearm only while retrieving a turkey shot by the participant.

* Please note that disabled hunters entering the drawing in this manner will enter the drawing as all other residents and non-residents do and are subject to the preference system utilized for this drawing.

* Disabled hunters entering the regular spring turkey drawing (Option 1) may NOT apply using application Forms 2300-271 and 2300-271A (Option 2).

Option 2 - Apply using forms 2300-271 and 2300-271A

Spring 2000 marked the first season for an additional disabled hunting opportunity - a "Spring Wild Turkey Hunt for People with Disabilities." This opportunity exists for disabled hunters interested in participating in a spring wild turkey hunt on private lands. Approval and participation requires a separate application and authorization form. This opportunity allows hunter holding a Class A permit, a valid Class B permit (which authorizes hunting from a stationary vehicle) that is issued for more than one year, or a Class C permit as defined by state statute 29.193 to turkey hunt on private land. The disabled hunter is responsible for finding a landowner who agrees to the hunt conditions.

Applications are available as a PDF document below or as a hard copy from your local DNR service center. Forms must be submitted by December 10 to the DNR office for the county in which the hunt will take place. Please note that hunters who apply for a Wild Turkey Hunt for People with Disabilities on private lands may NOT apply for a permit in the regular spring turkey drawing.

To find out more about a variety of hunting, fishing and recreational use permits designed to help people with disabilities, visit licenses and permits for people with disabilities.

Last revised: Tuesday September 26 2017