New for 2018, one fall turkey harvest authorization is issued to each person purchasing a fall turkey license or conservation patron license, instead of being issued through a drawing.
Hunters can choose the zone for which their harvest authorization will be valid at the time of purchase.
Bonus fall turkey harvest authorizations can be purchased in addition to the fall turkey harvest authorization included with a license purchase.
The bonus harvest authorization sale begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, availability is as follows:
- Zone 1: 5,000
- Zone 2: 1,000
- Zone 3: 5,000
- Zone 4: 2,000
- Zone 5: 0
- Zone 6: 0
- Zone 7: 0
Bonus harvest authorizations are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They can be purchased at a rate of one per day until the zone sells out or the season ends. The cost is $10 for residents, $15 for nonresidents, and $5 for hunters under 12 years old. An annual turkey stamp authorization is required to hunt turkeys.
Hunters can purchase their bonus harvest authorization in person at any license agent or online at GoWild.wi.gov. Hunters can purchase their fall turkey license and claim their fall harvest authorization anytime throughout the fall turkey season. Please note that customers who wish to purchase a bonus authorization will need to first purchase a fall turkey license and claim their harvest authorization.
The fall 2018 wild turkey season:
- Zones 1-5 is Sept. 15 to Jan. 6, 2019. For
- zones 6 and 7, the season will run from Sept. 15 to Nov. 16.
Availability for bonus harvest authorizations is determined by a variety of factors, including hunting pressure, customer demand, habitat availability, turkey population densities and turkey distribution in each zone.
The fall turkey regulations can be found within the 2018 Wisconsin Small Game Hunting Regulations [PDF]. For more information regarding turkey hunting in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search “turkey”