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Contact information
For information on turkey hunting, contact:
Jaqi Christopher
Assistant upland ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-261-8458

Turkey hunting

The wild turkey is truly one of Wisconsin's wildlife management success stories. A key role in the success of the wild turkey management program can be attributed to hunters through their purchase of the Wild Turkey Stamp which provides vital financial support in providing for future opportunities for turkey management and hunting in Wisconsin. Since wild turkeys were first successfully reintroduced into Wisconsin in 1976, population levels continue to increase and expand statewide. Successful restoration of the wild turkey resulted from tremendous hunter and landowner support, good survival and high quality habitat.

Turkey stamp funds have been providing opportunities for turkey management in Wisconsin since 1995. Sale of the turkey stamp currently brings in over $750,000 annually for developing, managing, conserving, restoring and maintaining the wild turkey population within the state.

Wild turkeys are susceptible to avian influenza and hunters are advised to take appropriate precautions [PDF exit DNR]. If you observe sick or dead turkeys (or waterfowl, raptors and avian scavengers) while out turkey hunting, please make a note of the specific location and report your observations to your county wildlife biologist. You can narrow down search results in the DNR Staff Directory by using the "counties served" field.

Check out the 2018 fall upland game bird hunting forecast [PDF].

General information

2018 fall season

One fall turkey harvest authorization is included with each fall turkey or conservation patron license purchased. Customers will need to specify their zone of choice at the time of purchase. Bonus fall turkey harvest authorizations (formerly known as leftover tags) will be sold over the counter starting August 18, see below for availability.

Preliminary 2018 fall turkey harvest. Last updated 11/6/2018
Zone Harvest
1 337
2 483
3 517
4 307
5 142
6 189
7 140
Fort McCoy 8
Total 2123

2019 spring season

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Last revised: Tuesday November 06 2018