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Leftover spring turkey permits go on sale March 21, 2011
Author Dan Lee
Monday, Jan 31, 2011 3:37 pm
Leftover spring turkey permits go on sale March 21, 2011

MADISON – 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 be first issued for sale by zone, one zone per day, with each zone having a designated sales date.

In total, 225,729 permits were available for the spring 2011 turkey season. More than 145,500 permits were issued to hunters who applied for permits by the Dec. 10, 2010 application deadline, leaving just more than 80,000 permits available after the drawing.

Hunters should check the turkey zone map (pdf) to verify where they want to hunt and then check the turkey permit availability page to see if permits are available for the period and zone in which they wish to hunt.

Leftover spring turkey permit sales will be held on a zone-per-day basis for five consecutive days, with customers able to purchase one permit per day. Sales will start at 10:00 a.m. on March 21 and will continue through midnight each day, or until permits are sold out. Any remaining leftover permits for all zones will go on sale Saturday, March 26, and will continue until sold out or the season ends.

The following zones have leftover permits, and the scheduled sales dates are as follows:

  • Zone 1 – Monday, March 21
  • Zone 2 – Tuesday, March 22
  • Zone 3 – Wednesday, March 23
  • Zone 4 – Thursday, March 24
  • Zones 5 & 6 – Friday, March 25 (due to the low number of permits left in these units, the sale has been combined into one day)
  • There are no leftover permits available for Zone 7 after the initial drawing. There are also no leftover permits for time periods A or B in the other zones.

A limited number of disabled-only turkey permits for state park areas is available among the leftover 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 on March 21st after 10:00 a.m. to purchase one of these permits.

The fee for turkey permits is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. All hunters will also be required to purchase a spring turkey license and 2011 Wild Turkey Stamp, 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 over-the-counter permits. Purchasing these permits will not affect preference point status for future spring or fall turkey permit drawings.

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). Hunters should have their DNR customer ID number 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 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).

As a reminder, the spring 2011 turkey hunting season will run from April 13 through May 22. The season is divided into six, 5-day time periods, each of which runs from Wednesday through Sunday.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Walter - (608) 267-7861, Krista McGinley - (608) 264-8963 or Sharon Fandel - (608) 261-8458