2017 Fall Turkey Hunting leftover permits go on sale August 26

MADISON – Hunters who were successful in the fall turkey permit drawing will begin receiving notification in the mail early next week. Please note, it is possible that the notifications may arrive after the leftover permit sales begin.

Leftover fall turkey permits go on sale August 26 for the season that opens Sept. 16.
Leftover fall turkey permits go on sale August 26 for the season that opens Sept. 16.
Photo Credit: Ryan Brady

Hunters can check to see if they were successful in drawing a fall turkey permit by logging into their accounts at GoWild.WI.Gov. A fall turkey license needs to be purchased, along with the turkey stamp [PDF], unless the stamp was purchased for the spring turkey hunt. Conservation Patron license holders already have their fall turkey license and stamp privileges and they will receive their fall turkey permits in the mail, if they were successful in the drawing.

Those not successful in the drawing will have the chance to purchase a leftover permit. All remaining fall turkey permits will go on sale Saturday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. Leftover permits can be purchased at a rate of one per day until the zone sells out or the season ends. The fall turkey hunting season for zones 1-5 runs Sept. 16 to Dec. 31 (season may be extended to Jan. 7, 2018, consult online regulations for updates), while the season for zones 6 and 7 runs Sept. 16 to Nov. 17.

Leftover permit availability in each Wild Turkey Management Zone [PDF] is as follows – total permits made available prior to the drawing are in parentheses:

  • Zone 1: 15,486 (27,500);
  • Zone 2: 5,073 (22,000);
  • Zone 3: 18,531 (30,000);
  • Zone 4: 7,936 (15,000);
  • Zone 5: 180 (4,200);
  • Zone 6: 0 (1,900); and
  • Zone 7: 0 (1,500).

Remaining fall turkey permits may be purchased using the online license center or through any license agent. Leftover fall turkey permits cost $5 for 10 and 11 year olds, $10 for residents, and $15 for nonresidents. This is in addition to the cost of the fall turkey license and turkey stamp (if not already purchased).

The 2017 Fall Turkey regulations are included in the 2017 Wisconsin Small Game Hunting Regulations pamphlet, available now on the hunting regulations page of the DNR website and at DNR Service Centers.

For more information regarding turkey hunting in Wisconsin, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword “turkey.”