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Contact information
For information on turkey hunting, contact:
Jaqi Christopher
Assistant upland ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-261-8458

Turkey hunting

Effective immediately, requirements for the use of turkey harvest authorizations (formerly carcass tags) have changed. These changes include:

  • Turkey hunters are no longer required to validate a turkey tag;
  • Turkey hunters are no longer required to attach a tag to a turkey; and
  • It is no longer required to keep the turkey tag with the meat.

Turkeys must be registered by 5 p.m. the day after harvest. Hunters will need their harvest authorization number when registering.

The wild turkey is truly one of Wisconsin's wildlife management success stories. A key role in the success of the wild turkey management program can be attributed to hunters through their purchase of the Wild Turkey Stamp which provides vital financial support in providing for future opportunities for turkey management and hunting in Wisconsin. Since wild turkeys were first successfully reintroduced into Wisconsin in 1976, population levels continue to increase and expand statewide. Successful restoration of the wild turkey resulted from tremendous hunter and landowner support, good survival and high quality habitat.

Turkey stamp funds have been providing opportunities for turkey management in Wisconsin since 1995. Sale of the turkey stamp currently brings in over $750,000 annually for developing, managing, conserving, restoring and maintaining the wild turkey population within the state.

Wild turkeys are susceptible to avian influenza and hunters are advised to take appropriate precautions [PDF exit DNR]. If you observe sick or dead turkeys (or waterfowl, raptors and avian scavengers) while out turkey hunting, please make a note of the specific location and report your observations to your county wildlife biologist. You can narrow down search results in the DNR Staff Directory by using the "counties served" field.

General information

2018 spring season

2018 fall season

One fall turkey harvest authorization is included with each fall turkey or conservation patron license purchased. Customers will need to specify their zone of choice at the time of purchase. For select zones, bonus fall turkey harvest authorizations (formerly known as leftover tags) will be sold over the counter. Availability will be posted in the summer.

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Last revised: Monday April 02 2018