From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
-- Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until the close of business Dec. 10, to apply for available permits for the 2011 Spring Turkey Season and Black Bear Season.
Preliminary permit levels for the Spring Turkey Hunting Season are set at 225,420 total permits, not including Fort McCoy or State Park and 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 discuss the proposed black bear quotas and harvest permit levels at a January meeting.
Applications for each of these two permit drawings is $3 and are available through all authorized license agents, through the Online Licensing Center at https://jc.activeoutdoorsolutions.com/wi_public/goHome.do or by calling toll free (877)945-4236. Applications postmarked after the Dec. 10 deadline or applications that have been 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 on the Wisconsin's wild turkey page at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/hunt/turkey/ and the Wisconsin bear hunting pages http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/hunt/bear/.