July 8, 2014
CORRECTION: This news release has been updated to correct that there is no longer an application deadline for the Horicon Zone Canada goose season.
MADISON - Aug. 1 marks a key deadline for many hunters, trappers and spearers in Wisconsin as fall approaches.
Those planning to participate in fall turkey, bobcat, fisher, otter, wolf or Upriver Lakes sturgeon seasons must have their permit applications submitted by noon Aug. 1.
Permit applications can be purchased through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website, at all authorized license agents, at DNR Service Centers (Hours for service centers vary; check the DNR website for service center days and hours of operation; DNR Service Centers are not open on Saturdays), or by calling toll-free 1-877-LICENSE (1-877-945-4236).
There will be approximately 96,700 wild turkey permits available to hunters for the fall 2014 turkey hunting season - the same number of permits offered in 2013. Please note that this number is preliminary and may be revised following review. Any fall turkey permits remaining after the initial drawing will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Aug. 23.
Leftover fall turkey permits will be sold by zone until sold out or the season ends. Hunters who receive fall turkey permits in Zones 1-5 will be able to fill their unused permits during the extended season in the zone where the permits were issued. Season dates are as follows:
The Natural Resources Board will set waterfowl season dates at its Aug. 13 meeting. It is important to note that Horicon zone hunters no longer need to apply in advance for hunting tags. Hunters in this zone will simply need to indicate their zone preference when they purchase a license. Licenses are available for purchase at any time prior to hunting.
The approved quotas for bobcat, fisher and otter will be available on the DNR web page in late July - no major changes are expected from last year. An additional Southern bobcat zone (all of Wis. south of Hwy 64) has been approved for 2014. Those interested in hunting and/or trapping bobcats will need to apply to a specific zone (north or south) and time period (period 1 or 2) for the upcoming season. Bobcat applicant preference points will continue as in the past.
Final permit numbers will be known in August and drawings for all three species will take place in late August or early September. Season dates are as follows:
The total wolf quota has been set at 156, but the quota available to state-licensed hunters and trappers may be adjusted depending on state response to tribal declarations. The Department will maintain a 10-to-1 license-to-quota ratio.
One-half of available permits will be issued randomly among all permit applicants and the second half will be issued through a cumulative preference point drawing. Successful applicants will be notified by letter and may also check their drawing status through the DNR website or any licensing agent. It is the applicants responsibility to know their drawing status. Applicants who are not successful in the drawing will be awarded a preference point toward future drawings.
Sturgeon spearers have until Aug. 1 to apply for a 2015 Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing lottery tag or preference point. Participation in the Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing season on Lakes Butte des Morts, Winneconne and Poygan is controlled through a lottery. Those selected in the lottery will be notified by Oct. 1 that they have been authorized to purchase a license and participate in the 2015 Upriver season (this tag must be purchased before Oct. 31).
Group lottery applications of up to four persons will be accepted. Each group will carry the preference points of the group member with the fewest points. Group applications must be made online through the online licensing center.
Spearers who apply for but are not authorized to purchase an Upriver Lakes license will receive a preference point toward the following lottery, and can purchase a license to participate in the Lake Winnebago spearing season that runs at the same time.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Rappe, DNR permit sales coordinator, 608-261-6441; Scott Walter, DNR upland wildlife ecologist, 608-267-7861; Kent Van Horn, DNR migratory game bird ecologist, 608-266-8841; John Olson, DNR furbearer ecologist, 715-685-2934; David MacFarland, DNR large carnivore specialist, 715-365-8917; or Ryan Koenigs, DNR fisheries biologist, 920-303-5450