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December 7, 2010

MADISON - Wild turkey and black bear hunters are reminded that they have until the close of business this Friday, Dec. 10, to apply for available permits for the 2011 Spring Turkey Season and the 2011 Black Bear Season.

Preliminary permit levels for the Spring Turkey Hunting Season are set at 225,420 total permits (not including Ft. McCoy or State Park & Disabled Only Hunting Zones). This is the same number of permits that were available for the 2010 spring season.

Total permit availability for the 2011 Black Bear Hunt has not yet been determined. The Natural Resources Board will take up the proposed black bear quotas and harvest permit levels at a meeting to be held in January.

Applications for each of these two permit drawings cost $3 and may be purchased at all authorized license agents, through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website, at Wisconsin DNR Service Centers, or by calling toll-free 1-877-LICENSE (1-877-945-4236). Applications postmarked after the December 10th deadline, or filled out incorrectly, will not be considered for the drawings.

Applications for Special Turkey Hunts for Hunters with Disabilities are also due Dec. 10.

Permits remaining after the initial drawing for the 2011 spring turkey season will be issued for sale one zone per day on a first-come, first-served basis in late March, at a date to be specified later.

More detailed information is available in a previous news release on the permit application deadline and on the Wisconsin's wild turkey page and the Wisconsin bear hunting pages of the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: on spring turkey permits Krista McGinley, (608) 264-8963; on bear permits contact Linda Olver, (608) 261-7588

Last Revised: Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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