Attention Fort McCoy Users: Firearm Registration is now Required Click Here

Firearms or crossbows are not allowed into the Cantonment Area

Hunting, Fishing, Trapping & Firewood Cutting

Fort McCoy offers hunting, fishing, and trapping opportunities to military (active and retired) and their dependents, government employees, and the general public. All participants must have the appropriate Fort McCoy permit and State of Wisconsin licenses before they are allowed to hunt, fish, or trap on Fort McCoy. 

Revenue generated from the sale of hunting, fishing, and trapping permits is used for the management of fish and wildlife habitat and populations on Fort McCoy. 

Much of Fort McCoy's 60,000 acres is naturally well-suited for wildlife. The majority of the land on Fort McCoy is divided into 82 training areas totaling 45,648 acres, which are available for hunting. Harvest and biological data is collected to monitor wildlife populations and wildlife health. 

Fort McCoy has 10 installation lakes and impoundments and approximately 71.2 miles of coldwater streams and tributaries. The majority of the streams are Class I trout water maintaining naturally reproducing brook and brown trout. The impoundments on Fort McCoy coldwater streams provide a variety of uses for recreation, military training, and habitat for fish and wildlife. 

Firewood cutting is allowed on Fort McCoy to help remove dead and down wood from the training areas. Two permit categories are available; the daily permit costs $10 and allows cutting and hauling firewood for one calendar day, the monthly permit costs $50 and allows cutting and hauling firewood for one calendar month. Income generated through firewood permit sales is deposited into a Department of Army account and used to fund forest management activities.


All hunting and fishing activities on Fort McCoy require a Fort McCoy permit. Click here for additional program information.

Please explore the website for more-specific information about regulations, obtaining  permits, Activity Check-in/Check-out etc.

For additional information or for technical difficulties please contact the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337 or e-mail inquiries to                                                                                                  





Important Notices


New 2018 Fort McCoy Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Regulation and Maps Coming Soon! Keep Checking here for Updates.


The 2018 Fort McCoy Gun-Deer Season application period has closed. Everyone that applied before the application deadline was selected for a permit and should visit their iSportsman account for more information.  Due to reduced number of applications received, permits are still available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Contact the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337 for more information.

WDNR - Changes to deer carcass transportation

The rules regarding transportation of deer carcasses out of CWD-effected counties have recently changed. Hunters should be aware that printed copies of the 2018 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations may no longer be accurate, and shoud refer to an updated version for the most up-to-date rules.

For more information, visit the DNR Carcass movement restrictions webpage, or contact Scott Karel, Rules and Regulations Specialist at or 608-267-2452.

No Application Required for 2018 Fall Turkey Permits: The 2018 Fort McCoy Fall Turkey permits will be sold over-the-counter through the Wisconsin DNR GoWild system starting August 18th, 2018 at a cost of $13.00. When purchasing your permit through the WDNR GoWild system, you will receive one fall turkey carcass tag with the $13.00 Fort MCoy Fall Turkey permit, you will need to go back to the product list and select the second Fort McCoy Fall Turkey Carcass tag ($0.00) and put it in your shopping cart.

Fort McCoy Regular Archery ($17.00), Small Game (13.00), and Fall Turkey ($13.00) permits may be purchased through the WDNR GoWild system.  There is no application required for these permits.


Archery: 2018 Fort McCoy Archery Bonus Tags. Fort McCoy will offer a limited number of Archery Antlerless Bonus Tags at a cost of $12.00 starting Monday 27 August, 2018 at 10:00AM.  Bonus tags may be purchased through the WDNR GoWild system on a first-come-first-served basis.  You must have obtained a Fort MCCoy Regular Archery permit ($17) to be elgible to purchase a archery bonus tag. 


Click here for Fort McCoy Fishing Information


2017 Deer Harvest Results


Lake and Training Area Closures

The Game Line, accessed by calling (866) 277-1597 or online lists hunting areas and lakes that are closed on any particular day. The Game Line listing will be updated by Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security (DPTMS). Fort McCoy reserves the right to update hunting area closures at any time if needed. ALL individuals are required to check the Game Line daily for any changes.  Streams are open to fishing if the training area is closed. If troops are present, find another stream or section of stream to fish.  There is no fishing in the North Impact Area.

Note to Anglers: If you are inquiring if a lake is open to fishing, select area "Lakes". 


Where to Purchase your Fort McCoy Fishing Permit: Any authorized WDNR GoWild vendor or online at

Check-in/out of iSportsman: ALL users (except those fishing) are required to Sign-in and Sign-out through iSportsman daily when hunting or scouting on Fort McCoy. If the hunter intends to participate in multiple hunting activities on a given day, sign-in should be done for the primary activity. See the specific hunting season regulation for detailed information. Hunters who do not sign-in/sign-out are subject to penalties including revocation of hunting, fishing, trapping and firewood collection privileges.

Reminder: Sign-out each day.

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