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March 13, 2012

MADISON - Remaining permits for the 2012 spring turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting Monday, March 19. Designated zones will be sold each day, starting at 10 a.m. and continue through midnight or until all permits for that zone and/or time period are sold out. The following zones have leftover permits, and the scheduled sales dates are as follows:

Starting Saturday March 24, any remaining permits will be available for purchase until the zone or time period is sold out, or until the season ends.

Customers may purchase one permit per day.

The fee for leftover turkey permits is $10 for residents, $15 for non-residents and $5 for hunters who are 10 or 11 years old. All hunters will also be required to pay the spring turkey license and stamp fees, unless they have previously purchased the 2012 license and stamp, or are a 2012 Conservation Patron License holder. Residents and non-residents will have equal opportunity to purchase these leftover permits. Purchasing leftover permits will not affect preference status for future spring or fall turkey permit drawings.

Leftover permits can be purchased: through the DNR website,, using the key words " Online Licensing Center," at any DNR Service Center; at all authorized license agents; or by calling toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE (1-877-945-4236).

A limited number of disabled-only turkey permits for state park areas is available among the leftover permits. Disabled hunters who have been issued either a Class A or Class C Disabled Hunter Permit should visit a DNR Service Center or call the DNR Customer Call Center at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463) beginning on March 19 after 10 a.m. to purchase one of these permits.

Hunters interested in purchasing a leftover turkey permit should check the turkey zone map (pdf) to verify where they want to hunt and then check the spring turkey leftover permit availability to see if permits are available for the period and zone they wish to hunt. These numbers are available on the DNR website,, using the key words "turkey tags" or hunters can call the DNR Call Center at 1-888-936-7463 for permit information.

The spring 2012 turkey hunting season runs from April 11 through May 22. The season is divided into six time periods, each running for seven days from Wednesday through the following Tuesday. In total, 233,220 permits were available for the spring 2012 turkey season of which approximately 36,000 permits remain for sale.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Walter - 608-267-7861, Krista McGinley - 608-261-8458 or Bob Manwell - DNR public affairs - 608-264-9248

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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