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Contact(s): Mark Witecha, DNR upland wildlife ecologist, 608-267-7861,; April Dombrowski, Recreation Enforcement and Education Safety Section chief, 608-852-9456,; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications: 608-770-8084,
April 12, 2016

MADISON - Wisconsin's regular spring turkey season begins Wednesday, and hunters will notice a few changes related to their turkey carcass tags under the new Go Wild licensing system.

What hasn't changed is the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' encouragement for turkey hunters to enjoy a safe and successful hunt.

Changes under the Go Wild system include elimination of thermal paper licenses and new ways for customers in most circumstances to show proof of their licenses using an optional Conservation Card, a verified Wisconsin driver's license, a paper printout or a PDF displayed on a mobile device.

In addition to one of these proof-of-license options, turkey hunters need a paper printout of their turkey carcass tag. Using Go Wild, turkey hunters can print carcass tags directly from their account, eliminating the need to wait for carcass tags to arrive by mail. Hunters can also stop by a DNR service center or license vendor to have their tags printed. And, the option to print a duplicate copy is always available online via your Go Wild account.

Other important steps for turkey hunters this year:

This information replaces the tagging instructions contained in the spring 2016 regulations pamphlets, which were printed before the Go Wild system was fully developed.

The Go Wild system is part of a larger DNR campaign to encourage people to head outdoors and enjoy the numerous recreational opportunities made possible by the sound management of Wisconsin's natural resources. GoWild.WI.Gov acts as a portal to help plan adventures.

Safety is key to an enjoyable hunting adventure and with the start of spring turkey season, hunters are encouraged to visit the DNR website,, to review the "turkey hunting safety tips."

During turkey season, hunters typically wear camouflage, so extra caution is in order, said April Dombrowski, Recreation Enforcement and Education Safety Section chief. Wearing a blaze orange cap or gloves while walking will increase visibility.

In addition, finding a hunting spot with a tree or some other object that is as wide as your shoulders not only provides a useful backrest, it helps protect you from an errant shot and the good vision of the turkey.

As with all hunting seasons, Dombrowski said, the four basic rules of firearm safety apply - TABK.

For more information regarding turkey hunting in Wisconsin, search the DNR website,, for keyword "turkey."

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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