REMINDER: Dec. 10 deadline to apply for 2013 bear and spring turkey permits
MADISON – Wild turkey and bear hunters are reminded that they have until Monday, Dec. 10, to apply for available permits for the 2013 bear and Spring turkey seasons.
This year, spring turkey applicants will need to provide their preferred zone and time period at time of application. If applying as a group, applicants will need to provide the group leader’s customer ID number at time of application as well.
Applications for Spring Wild Turkey Hunts for People with Disabilities are also due Dec. 10. This opportunity exists for disabled hunters interested in participating in a spring wild turkey hunt on private lands. Approval and participation requires a separate application and authorization form.
The drawing for turkey permits will take place in late January or early February. Permits remaining after the initial drawing for the 2013 spring turkey season will be issued for sale one zone per day on a first-come, first-served basis in late March.
The regular spring turkey season starts Apr. 10 and consists of six seven-day time periods, the last period ending May 21.
By Dec. 10, bear hunters can apply for a permit or purchase a preference point for future years. In order for bear permit applicants to retain their accumulated preference points, they must apply at least once during any three consecutive year period or they will lose all previously accumulated preference points. If a zone is selected at the time of purchase and the hunter is selected in the February drawing, their preference points will be reset to zero, even if they do not purchase the harvest permit. Winners in the drawing will be notified by mail shortly after the drawing and may purchase their 2013 Class A bear license beginning March 6.
Bear hunters are reminded that harvest permits are strictly limited, and hunters must apply for several years before receiving a permit. The number of permits available for the 2013 black bear hunt has not yet been determined.
The 2013 bear season begins Sept. 4 and runs through Oct. 8 with hound hunters starting first in most zones.
Applications for either permit drawing cost $3 and may 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).
Applications postmarked after the Dec. 10 deadline, or those which have been filled out incorrectly, will not be considered for the drawings. Hunters can check their preference point status by visiting the Online Licensing Center, by calling Customer Service & Licensing toll-free at 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463), or by contacting a local DNR Service Center.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on Spring turkey hunting: Scott Walter, Upland Wildlife Ecologist, 608-267-7861; Krista McGinley, Assistant Upland Wildlife Ecologist, 608-261-8458
FOR MORE INFORMATION on bear hunting: Kevin Wallenfang, big game specialist, 608- 261-7589; Scott Roepke, assistant big game specialist, 608-261-7588