July 21, 2015
EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to correct the deadline time for submitting applications. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 1
MADISON -- As fall approaches, Aug. 1 marks a key deadline for many hunters, trappers and spearers in Wisconsin.
Those planning to participate in the fall turkey, sharp-tailed grouse, bobcat, fisher, otter or Upriver Lakes sturgeon seasons must have their permit applications submitted by 11:59 p.m. 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).
Approximately 100,700 wild turkey permits will be available for the fall 2015 turkey hunting season -- an increase from 2014. Permits in Zone 2 have been increased from 18,000 to 22,000 in order to meet demand from hunters.
Any fall turkey permits remaining after the initial drawing will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. These leftover fall turkey permits will be sold by zone until sold out or the season ends. The regular fall turkey season runs from Sept. 12 to Nov. 19 in each of Wisconsin's seven turkey management zones, with an additional extended season in Zones 1-5 running from Nov. 30 through Dec. 31. Hunters who purchase a fall turkey permit in Zones 1-5 will be able to fill their unused permits during this extended season within the zone for which their permit was issued.
Preliminary spring survey results show that Wisconsin's sharp-tailed grouse made it through the winter in favorable condition, and the DNR Sharp-tailed Grouse Advisory Committee has decided to make 100 harvest permits available in Unit 8 for the fall 2015 season. Sharp-tailed grouse management units use the same boundaries and designations as game management units (previously referred to as Deer Management Units). While 100 permits will be available in Unit 8, other units open to sharp-tail hunting in the past will remain closed. Hunters are reminded to carefully review the zone map and apply only for open units. Closed unit submissions will result in an invalid application.
For more information, search keyword "sharp-tailed grouse."
PLEASE NOTE: An application is no longer required for Canada goose hunting in the Horicon Zone.
The Natural Resources Board will set waterfowl season dates at its Aug. 12 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. Season dates for waterfowl vary annually and will not be available until the Natural Resources Board acts in August.
The approved quotas for bobcat, fisher and otter will be available on the DNR web page in early August. Quotas for most zones will be similar or slightly higher than last year. Permit numbers, based on success rates, will be determined and drawings for all three species will take place in August. Permits will be issued in early September. Applicants can check their online account in early September to monitor their permit status through the Online Licensing Center. Season dates are as follows:
For more information, search keyword "furbearers."
Sturgeon spearers have until Aug. 1 to apply for a 2016 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 2016 Upriver season (this tag must be purchased before Oct. 31). Interested applicants for Upriver Lakes sturgeon spearing licenses should be aware of two options available:
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 submit an application but are not authorized to purchase an Upriver Lakes license will receive a preference point toward future lotteries, and may purchase a license to participate in the Lake Winnebago spearing season, which opens at the same time (tags must be purchased before Oct. 31).
As a reminder, the Conservation Patron license provides all the basic fishing and hunting privileges at a great price - $165 for Wisconsin residents, a price reduction of nearly one-half when compared to the value for each item included. For Wisconsin residents under the age of 18, a Conservation Patron license costs only $75.
Hunting and fishing licenses 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).
DNR Bureau of Customer and Outreach Services staff is available to assist the public online and via phone from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Spanish and Hmong bilingual customer service representatives are also available. Customers may reach customer service at 1-888-WDNR INFo (1-888-936-7463) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. An online chat link is also available.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Rappe, DNR permit sales coordinator, 608-261-6441; Krista McGinley, DNR acting upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458; Kent Van Horn, DNR migratory game bird ecologist, 608-266-8841; John Olson, DNR furbearer ecologist, 715-685-2934; Ryan Koenigs, DNR fisheries biologist, 920-303-5450