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August 24, 2010

Leftover permits will be sold on an over-the-counter basis

MADISON - Remaining permits for the 2010 fall turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting Saturday, August 28.

In total, 95,700 permits were available for the fall 2010 turkey season. More than 48,900 permits were issued to hunters who applied for permits by the August 2 application deadline, leaving almost 46,800 permits available after the drawing for over-the-counter sales. Postcard notifications from the fall preference drawing are being mailed to those who were awarded a permit in the drawing. Hunters interested in finding out their results sooner can also check their permit status on the Online Licensing Center.

Hunters should check the turkey zone map (pdf) to verify where they want to hunt and then check the turkey permit availability page to see if permits are available for the zone they want to hunt in.

Sales will start at noon on August 28 and continue until all permits are sold or the turkey season comes to an end. Permit purchases are limited to one permit per day, although there is no limit on the number of permits an individual hunter can purchase.

All of the available leftover permits are for Turkey Management Zones 1-5; there were no leftover permits available for Zones 6 and 7 after the initial drawing.

The fee for turkey permits is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. All permit buyers will also be required to pay the fall turkey license and stamp fee, unless they have previously purchased the license and stamp, or are a 2010 Conservation Patron License holder. Residents and nonresidents will have equal opportunity to purchase over-the-counter permits. Purchasing these permits will not affect preference status for future spring or fall turkey permit drawings.

Leftover fall turkey permits can be purchased over the Internet through the Online Licensing Center, by calling toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE (1-877-945-4236), and at all license sales locations. Hunters should have their DNR customer ID ready. Hunters with any questions about when or how to buy permits may call the DNR Customer Call Center from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m. seven days a week at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).

Blaze orange required during any open gun deer season

Hunters are reminded of the requirement for blaze orange on ground blinds on DNR lands during any Gun Deer Season. Ground blinds on DNR lands left unattended must also have the owner's name and address or DNR Customer Identification Number attached near the door opening. Ground blinds may not be left out overnight. Please note that these ground blind rules do not apply to ground blinds being used for hunting waterfowl or to blinds built only out of natural vegetation found on the DNR property.

Turkey hunters should also note that during any gun or muzzleloader deer season, including the Oct. 9-10 Youth Deer Hunt, antlerless hunts and CWD hunts (see 2010 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations), blaze orange clothing is required. A hat, if worn, must be at least 50 percent blaze orange.

For more information see the wild turkey page of the DNR website.

Fall Wild Turkey Season Dates & Reminders

2010 Fall Wild Turkey Season Dates:

2010 Fall Wild Turkey Extended Season Dates for Zones 1-5 ONLY:

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Sharon Fandel, Acting Upland Wildlife Ecologist: (608) 261-8458 or Krista McGinley, Assistant Upland Wildlife Ecologist: (608) 264-8963.

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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