Madison — More than 193,000 spring turkey permits have been
issued for the spring turkey season, which will run in six,
five-day periods beginning April 13 and ending May 22.
“Turkey hunters can look forward to another good year of turkey
hunting,” said Andrea Mezera, acting DNR upland wildlife ecologist.
“Populations were stable entering this past winter and we expect
good survival. Snow cover and cold have been moderate throughout
the state, and as long as there is access to an ample food supply,
turkeys can handle nearly any Wisconsin winter.”
The 193,000-plus permits represent a roughly 4-percent increase
over 2004. Permit numbers have grown steadily since 1983 when 1,200
permits were issued and hunters shot 182 birds for a 15 percent
success rate. In 2004, 186,625 permits were issued and 47,477 birds
were taken — a 25-percent success rate.
Approximately 159,000 first tags were issued, and 34,000 second
tags were issued through the drawing. A total of 43 zones, 15 state
parks, and Fort McCoy will be open for hunting. All successful
applicants should have received a postcard notification via
Hunters are reminded that baiting for wild turkeys while hunting
is illegal. Anyone can report hunting violations by calling (800)
847-9367 (TIP-WDNR). All calls are confidential. U.S. Cellular
users can access a free poaching hotline number by dialing the “#”
key, followed by “DNR” (367).