From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
-- Remaining permits for the 2010 fall turkey hunting season will be sold on an over-the-counter, first-come, first-served basis starting Aug. 28.
Almost 46,800 permits available after the drawing for over-the-counter sales. A total of 95,700 permits were available for the fall 2010 turkey season. More than 48,900 permits were issued to hunters who applied for permits by the Aug. 2 application deadline. Postcard notifications from the fall preference drawing are being mailed to hunters awarded a permit in the drawing. Hunters interested in finding out their results sooner can also check their permit status on the Online Licensing Center.
Hunters should check the turkey zone map (pdf)at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/hunt/turkey/fall.pdf to verify where they want to hunt and then check the turkey permit availability page at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/cs/fallturkey/ to see if permits are available for the zone they want to hunt in.
Residents and nonresidents will have equal opportunity to purchase over-the-counter permits. Purchasing these permits will not affect preference status for future spring or fall turkey permit.
Sales start at noon Aug.28 and continue until all permits are sold. Permit purchases are limited to one permit per day, although there is no limit on the number of permits an individual hunter can purchase.
All of the available leftover permits are for Turkey Management Zones 1-5; there were no leftover permits available for Zones 6 and 7 after the initial drawing.
The fee for turkey permits is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. All permit buyers will also be required to pay the fall turkey license and stamp fee, unless they have previously purchased the license and stamp, or are a 2010 Conservation Patron License holder. drawings.
Leftover fall turkey permits can be purchased online, by calling (877)945-4236 or at all license sales locations. Hunters should have their DNR customer ID ready. Hunters with any questions about when or how to buy permits may call the DNR Customer Call Center from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m. seven days a week at (888)936-7463.
Wisconsin's Fall Wild Turkey Season Dates are Sept. 18 through Nov. 18; Fall Wild Turkey Extended Season Dates for Zones 1-5 only are Nov. 29 through Dec. 31.
For more information, contact Sharon Fandel, acting upland wildlife ecologist at (608) 261-8458, or Krista McGinley, assistant upland wildlife ecologist at (608) 264-8963.