Hunting, Fishing, Trapping & Firewood Cutting


Prescribed Burning - Fort McCoy
Prescribed burning - Fort McCoy

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 habitat. 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.

Please explore the website for more-specific information about regulations, obtaining  permits, 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

Trout stocking is complete. Click here for lake information. Please see Fishing Info for Fort McCoy fishing permit requirements, season dates, fishing regulations and maps. Come fish with us.


2017 Spring Turkey Season Reminders 

  • Purchase Wisconsin and Fort McCoy Spring Turkey hunting licenses through WDNR GoWild licensing system.
  • ADD current Fort McCoy awarded permits to your iSportsman account.
  • Review Fort McCoy and Wisconsin Spring Turkey Regulations and hunting times.
  • Remember to check Game Line daily for any closed areas.
  • Sign-in and Sign-out
  • Required Activity Information Card in your windshield. See regulations for further details.          
  • Record your harvest in the iSportsman and with the WDNR.
  • Have fun and be safe.

Leftover Spring Turkey Tags Available: 

Fort McCoy has a limited number of spring turkey tags ($13.00) for Season F (May 22-26, 2017) available on a first-come-first-served basis through the WDNR GoWild licensing system.


  Focus on safety for a successful spring turkey season

Spring Turkey 2017 Updates

Spring Turkey Gobblers - Fort McCoy
Photo contributed by Randy Voll

Upcoming Fall Quota Hunt Applications

2017 Fort McCoy Gun-deer, Fall Turkey, Cantonmnet Archery, and Disabled Gun-deer online applications will be made available mid-June 2017.

2016 Deer Harvest Totals


Fort McCoy fishing, small game, and regular archery permits may be purchased anytime through any authorized WDNR GoWild vendor or online at  No application required.

All other Fort McCoy hunting permits are by application and drawing process.  Contact the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office (608) 388-3337 for availability. Or Click Here for season and application dates.


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.


Sign-in/out: 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.


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