Remaining permits for the 2013 spring turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting Monday, March 18. Designated zones will be sold each day, starting at 10 a.m. and continue through midnight or until all permits for that zone or time period are sold out.
In total, 234,130 permits were available for the spring 2013 turkey season, of which approximately 100,000 permits remain for sale. The following zones have leftover permits, and the scheduled sales dates are as follows:
- Zone 1 – Monday, March 18
- Zone 2 – Tuesday, March 19
- Zone 3 – Wednesday, March 20
- Zone 4 – Thursday, March 21
- Zones 5, 6 and 7 – Friday, March 22
Starting March 23, any remaining permits will be available for purchase until the zone or time period is sold out, or until the season ends.
Customers may purchase one permit per day. 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.
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 2013 license and stamp, or are a 2013 Conservation Patron License holder.
Hunters interested in purchasing a leftover turkey permit should check the turkey zone map [PDF] to verify where they want to hunt and then check the spring turkey leftover permit availability to see if permits are available for the period and zone they wish to hunt. These numbers are available on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, search key word “turkey.” Or hunters can call the DNR Call Center at 1-888-936-7463.
Leftover permits can be purchased through the Online Licensing Center on the DNR website, at all authorized license agents, at DNR Service Centers (Hours for service centers vary; check the DNR website for service center days and hours of operation; DNR Service Centers are not open on Saturdays), or by calling toll-free 1-877-LICENSE (1-877-945-4236).
A limited number of disabled-only turkey permits for state park areas are available as well. To purchase one of these permits, disabled 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 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463) beginning March 18, after 10 a.m.
The spring 2013 turkey hunting season runs from April 10 through May 21. The season is divided into six time periods, each running from Wednesday through the following Tuesday.
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