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For information on turkey hunting, contact:
Alaina Gerrits
Assistant upland wildlife ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management

Turkey hunting

Attention Fort McCoy Hunters: Starting March 2019, Fort McCoy hunting and fishing permits will no longer be available through Go Wild, instead hunters will have to use Fort McCoy’s license system, iSportsman. For the 2019 turkey season, hunters must purchase their Wisconsin Spring Turkey License and 2019 Turkey Stamp though Go Wild and their Fort McCoy turkey permit through iSportsman. For more information, visit the Fort McCoy website.

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.

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 (in the DNR staff directory, narrow the search results by using the "counties served" field).

Check out the 2019 fall upland game bird hunting forecast [PDF].

Check out the 2019 Wisconsin wild turkey update [PDF].

2019 fall season

Season information

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 17.


Preliminary 2019 fall turkey harvest. Last updated 10/08/2019.

Zone Harvest
1 113
2 299
3 218
4 109
5 53
6 74
7 52
Fort McCoy 0
Total 919

Where to hunt

Find properties open to public hunting

  • Public land access
    • Use this resource to find public land for any outdoor activity including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing.
  • Turkey Hunter Access Program
    • THAP is a program where landowners open their properties to the public March 1-May 29 for spring turkey hunting. Hunters can find properties enrolled in THAP using the THAP interactive map.
  • Voluntary Public Access program
    • Through this program, hundreds of landowners have opened their land to the public for hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife viewing year-round. Over 30,000 acres of private land are accessible to the public and can be found using the VPA interactive map.
  • Hunt Wild Wisconsin
    • Use the new DNR mobile app to explore public lands, brush up on hunting regulations, listen to podcasts and see up-to-the-minute shooting hours.


Wild turkey stamp

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. A few turkey stamp projects are highlighted below

Turkey management

For more information on turkey management see the turkey management web page.

Last revised: Tuesday October 08 2019