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Spring turkey permits go on sale March 21

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Remaining permits for the 2011 spring turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting March 21. Leftover permits will first be issued for sale by zone, one zone per day, with each zone having a designated sales date.

The spring 2011 turkey hunting season runs from April 13 through May 22. The season is divided into six 5-day time periods, Wednesdays through Sundays.

In total, 225,729 permits are available for the spring 2011 turkey season. More than 145,500 permits were issued to hunters who applied for permits by the Dec. 10 application deadline, which leaves about 80,000 permits available after the drawing.

Hunters interested in purchasing a leftover turkey permit should check the turkey zone map to verify where they want to hunt and then check the spring turkey leftover permit availability page to see if permits are available for the period and zone they wish to hunt in.

Sales start at 10 a.m. March 21 and continue through midnight each day or until all permits are sold. These sales will be held for five consecutive days, one zone per day, with customers able to purchase one permit per day. Any remaining leftover permits for all zones will go on sale Saturday, March 26 and will continue until sold out or until the season ends. Leftover permit purchases are limited to one permit per day until each zone and time period is sold out.

The following zones have leftover permits. The scheduled sales dates are  Zone 1 - March 21;  Zone 2 - March 22;  Zone 3 -March 23; Zone 4 - March 24; and Zones 5  and 6 - March 25 where because of the low number of permits left in these units, the sales have been combined into one day. There are no leftover permits available for Zone 7 following the initial drawing. There also are no leftover permits for time periods A or B in any of the other zones.

A limited number of disabled-only turkey permits for state park areas are available among the leftover permits.

Disabled hunters should note that permits will only be available through DNR Service Centers. Hunters who have been issued either a Class A or Class C Disabled Hunter Permit should visit a DNR Service Center or call the DNR Customer Call Center at (888)936-7463 beginning March 21 after 10 a.m. to purchase one of these permits.

The fee for leftover turkey permits is $10 for residents, $15 for non-residents and $5 for hunters who are 10 or 11 years old. All hunters will also be required to pay the spring turkey license and stamp fees, unless they have previously purchased the license and stamp, or are a 2011 Conservation Patron License holder.

Residents and non-residents will have equal opportunity to purchase these leftover permits. Purchasing leftover permits will not affect preference status for future spring or fall turkey permit drawings.

Leftover permits can be purchased through the Online Licensing Center  at; on the DNR website, at all authorized license agents, at DNR Service Centers or by calling (877)945-4236.

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