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Winter Weather Leads Wisconsin to Offer Fewer Turkey Hunting Permits

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Wisconsin turkey hunters should take note: if you want to head to the northern region of the state, act now.

News from Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) states that the department has decided to reduce the number of turkey hunting permits for Management Zones 4 and 5 and halt excess sales of permits for Zones 6 and 7.

All told, 1,292 fewer permits will be sold spanning the four regions.

Wisconsin Turkey Hunting Management Zones

Wisconsin Turkey Hunting Management ZonesManagement Zones 4, 5, 6 and 7 will see fewer hunters this spring, thanks to the harsh winter and the Wisconsin DNR's decision.

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DNR biologists acknowledged the idea that hunting harvests don’t play a huge role in population numbers, but that a severe winter, with plenty of snow and cold temperatures, has affected the turkeys more than anticipated.

“The concerns we are hearing from turkey hunters are justified,” stated Scott Walter, DNR upland wildlife ecologist, in the release.

“The deep and persistent snow cover across the northern counties this winter has limited turkey movements. Those flocks without access to adequate food sources are having a difficult time, and mortality could be significant locally,” Walter said.

The schedule for the first available day to purchase turkey permits by Zone are as follows:

  • Zone 1 – Monday, March 17
  • Zone 2 – Tuesday, March 18
  • Zone 3 – Wednesday, March 19
  • Zone 4 – Thursday, March 20
  • Zones 5 – Friday, March 21

The rest of the permits for other Zones will be sold starting March 22.

Do you think fewer hunting permits will help Wisconsin’s turkey population? Leave your thoughts below.

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Winter Weather Leads Wisconsin to Offer Fewer Turkey Hunting Permits