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Spring 2012 turkey hunting periods extended to seven days

From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Wisconsin's spring turkey season begins with the April 7 and 8 Youth Hunt, and the regular season begins April 11.

New in 2012, the spring season will consist of six 7-day time periods, ending on May 22. Previously the season was six 5-day periods. The drawing for permits will take place in late January or early February.

Applications for people who want to conduct or participate in a spring wild turkey hunt for people with disabilities on private land must also be submitted by Dec. 10 to the local DNR wildlife biologist or department office for the county within which the hunt will take place.

For more information, see Any hunter applicant who applies for a disabled turkey hunt on private lands using the online forms may not also apply for a permit through the regular spring turkey drawing.

Successful spring season permit applicants can expect to receive a postcard by mid-February. All applicants may also check their drawing status online through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website starting in mid-February.

With the start of the 2012 license year on March 7, permit winners may then purchase their required Spring Turkey License which is $15 for Wisconsin residents and $60 for non-residents, and 2012 Wild Turkey Stamp at $5.25. The permit, also known as a carcass tag, will be printed at the time of purchase.

Conservation Patrons and Senior Citizen Recreation Card holders do not need to purchase a turkey license or stamp when they go to pick up their permit.
Permits remaining after the initial drawing for the 2012 spring turkey season will be available for purchase in late March, at a date to be specified later.
All turkey hunters are reminded that in-person turkey registration stations are no longer available in Wisconsin.

Turkeys can be registered either via telephone at 1-888-486-8947 or online through the Wild Turkey Hunting in Wisconsin page online at

The registration systems were implemented with the fall 2011 turkey season, and offer hunters a more convenient method of registering their turkey.

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