2011 WI spring turkey, black bear permit application deadline is December 10

MADISON – Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until close of
business on Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for the 2011
Wisconsin spring turkey hunting season and the 2011 black bear
hunting season.

Preliminary permit levels for the spring turkey 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 permits available 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 its January
meeting. The preliminary harvest for 2010 is 4,969 black bears, but
that number will likely go up once all registration stubs are
collected and entered. Hunters registered 4,009 bears in 2009.

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.

Hunters interested in receiving email updates can sign up for
the DNR’s GovDelivery service. Just go to the DNR’s website at
dnr.wi.gov and click on the “Subscribe to DNR Updates” link under
the Online Services heading. There, you can select your
subscription preferences.

Spring 2011 Turkey Season

The 2011 Spring Turkey Season officially begins with the April 9-10
Spring Turkey Youth Hunt. The regular turkey season begins on April
13 and consists of six, 5-day time periods that end on May 22. The
drawing for permits will take place in late January or early
February. Successful permit applicants can expect to receive a
postcard by mid-February. All applicants may also check their
drawing status through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR
website starting in mid-February.

Permit winners may then purchase their required 2011 Spring
Turkey License ($15 for Wisconsin residents and $60 for
non-residents) and 2011 Wild Turkey Stamp ($5.25). Conservation
Patrons and Senior Citizen Recreation Card holders do not need to
purchase a turkey license or turkey stamp. The permit (carcass tag)
will be printed at the time of purchase.

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 information is available on the wild turkey page of the DNR
website.

Youth Turkey Hunt, April 9-10

The fifth annual spring turkey youth hunt will be held April 9-10,
the weekend prior to the opening Wednesday of the first time period
of the regular spring turkey season.

Thanks to the new mentored hunting law, the spring turkey youth
hunt will be open to youth 10-15 years of age, both residents and
non-residents, with or without a Hunter Education Certificate of
Accomplishment. There are special rules and regulations for those
participating in the Mentored Hunting Program, and interested
hunters should carefully review those rules prior to heading out to
the field. You can follow the links above to find out more.

A spring turkey license, stamp, and a valid permit (carcass tag)
are required to hunt during the Spring Turkey Youth Hunt weekend.
All other existing rules and regulations in regard to turkey
hunting zones, hours of hunting, bag limits and more apply. See the
2010 Wisconsin Small Game Hunting Regulations pamphlet, which
includes the 2011 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations, for details.
Interested participants in the Spring Turkey Youth Hunt should
apply for a spring turkey permit by the December 10th deadline.
Applications 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 drawing.

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

As a reminder to those hunters with disabilities who wish to hunt
turkey next spring on private lands, there is an alternate
opportunity available using a separate application and
authorization form.

Applications to conduct a Spring Wild Turkey Hunt for People
with Disabilities on private land must be submitted using DNR Forms
2300-271 and 2300-271A. Forms need to be submitted by Dec. 10 to
the local DNR Wildlife Biologist or Department office for the
county within which the hunt will take place. Please note that any
hunter applicant who applies for a disabled turkey hunt on private
lands using the above forms may NOT also apply for a permit through
the regular spring turkey hunting drawing. For additional
information, please visit the Wild Turkey page on the DNR
website.

Free Turkey Hunter Education Clinics Begin in
February

Free Turkey Hunter Education Clinics will again be offered
throughout the state, occurring February through April. Clinics
cover turkey biology and behavior, turkey hunting methods,
regulations, safety precautions, and hunter / landowner ethics.
Each clinic is taught by a dedicated volunteer instructor or a DNR
employee working on his or her own time, eager to share years of
turkey hunting knowledge and experience with students. Clinic sites
and dates are still being finalized. Information on where clinics
will be held will be available on the DNR’s wild turkey page of the
DNR website in early January, at DNR Service Centers, or by calling
(608) 264-8963. Additional clinics may be added after the initial
listing. Hunters that do not find a clinic in their area at first
should periodically check the webpage or a local DNR Service Center
for updates.

Black bear

The 2011 Black Bear Season begins Sept. 7, the first Wednesday
after Labor Day, and runs through Oct. 11. The opening week of
Wisconsin’s bear hunting season alternates — allowing those who
hunt over bait to go first one year and those who hunt with the aid
of dogs to go first the next year. In 2011, hunters who use the aid
of dogs will go first in those management zones open to hunting
bear with dogs; the season for those hunting over bait and or using
other methods will open Sept. 14. In Zone C, where hunting with
dogs is prohibited, hunters may hunt bear over bait or by other
means not using dogs from Sept. 7 through Oct. 11.

Preliminary harvest figures indicate bear hunters harvested
4,969 black bears in Wisconsin during the 2010 bear season. There
were 33,930 hunters who submitted applications for the 8,910 Class
A bear harvest permits available for the 2010 bear season. A total
of 97,467 hunters applied for either a harvest permit or a
preference point in 2010.

Applicants currently need to have collected between four and ten
preference points in order to successfully draw a bear harvest
permit. Hunters can check their preference point status in one of
three ways: by visiting the online licensing center, by calling
Customer Service & Licensing toll-free at 1-888-WDNRINFo
(1-888-936-7463), or by contacting a local DNR Service Center.

The bear drawing is held each year in early February. Drawing
winners will be notified via U.S. Mail shortly after the drawing.
Drawing winners may purchase their 2011 Class A bear license
beginning March 9, the start of the 2011 license year.

Total permit availability for the 2011 black bear season has not
yet been determined. Proposed quota and permit levels will be taken
up by the state Natural Resources Board at its January meeting.

More information is available on the bear hunting page of the
DNR website.

 

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