Fort McCoy Natural Resources Branch
Attention Fort McCoy Users: Firearm Registration is now Required Click Here
Firearms or crossbows are not allowed into the Cantonment Area
Welcome 2018 Gun-Deer Hunters
The 2018 Gun-Deer hunt is quickly approaching and we look forward to seeing old and new faces alike this season. A mild winter with plenty of food allowed the deer population to make it through winter in very good condition. This coupled with strong fawn birth rates should make this a good hunting season. We wish you all a safe and enjoyable hunt.
There have been some changes for the 2018 season and a few informational updates we like to share with you before you head for the woods. Review the 2018 Gun Deer Season Information for more details. Other information can be found to the right.
CWD Testing: We will continue our efforts to collect samples from Fort McCoy harvested deer for CWD testing. Staff will be located adjacent to the Hunter Information Point (HIP) to conduct these collections. A Self Service Collection kiosk is also located near the HIP to drop off samples after hours. Instructions are provided on site. A dumpster will also be provided during the Gun-Deer season for the disposal of deer carcass. The dumpster will be in place until 26 November.
Map Updates: Several training areas North of Highway 21 have been split to create safety buffers adjacent to training areas used by troops. The training areas that were split include C-6, C-8, C10, D-3, D-4, and M1. Several small portions of areas are closed as well in C-14, M-6, and D-7. Please locate these areas on your map to be familiar with their locations. These were created to allow safe training for our soldiers while ensuring the maximum number of areas open for hunters and to meet our deer harvest goals.
Signs: Some signs on Fort McCoy can be confusing, especially to anyone new to the installation. Click Signs found on Fort McCoy to view examples of signs you should be familiar with during your time on Fort McCoy.
Harvest Data: All deer taken on Fort McCoy must come through the Deer Data Collection Point located next to the HIP before leaving the installation. We recommend you bring your deer in early on Saturday to avoid the evening rush. The information we collect is vital to calculate the installation deer population and monitor the herd’s health going into the winter. Feel free to ask the staff questions about the data collection and analysis process. Hunters must still report their harvest through iSportsman at check-out and register their deer though the WDNR GoWild system.
Open House: Come meet and greet fellow hunters and talk with Fort McCoy Natural Resource staff about deer management and the upcoming 2018 Gun Deer Season. Permit Sales staff will be on hand to assist with iSportsman and WDNR GoWild systems. Law Enforcement will be on hand to answer any questions and accept firearm registration forms. Click here for Meet & Greet flyer.
For additional information or for technical difficulties please contact the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337 or e-mail inquiries to
NEW ~ Hunting and Fishing Regulations/Maps: Fort McCoy has released new Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Regulations (Regulation 420-29). Please go to the regulation tab or click here https://ftmccoy.isportsman.net/Regulations.aspx to view new regulations and maps.
New ~ 2018 Gun Deer Map: The new Gun-deer map is now available. Click here or click on Regulations tab and select Gun Deer map. Maps will also be available at the Permit Sales Office and HIP. The HIP is located along Highway 21 at the intersection of South J Street and Highway 21 and will be open for all hunting/fishing/trapping seasons.
Activity Information Card: All recreational participants/permit holders are required to display an information card on the passenger side of the windshield/dash with the following information: Permit holder's full name (if there is more than one permit holder per vehicle, the names of all permit holders will be noted), activity (Spring Turkey, Fishing, Cantonment Archery, Archery, Gun-Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities, Gun-Deer, Small Game, Fall Turkey, Trapping, Scouting, berry picking, bird watching, etc.), personal cell phone number and two emergency contact phone numbers for each permit holder in the vehicle. Click here for template.
Check-in/out of iSportsman: ALL users are required to Check-in/Check-out through the Fort McCoy iSportsman system daily when hunting, fishing, scouting, or participating in a non-fishing/non-hunting activity on Fort McCoy. You must have registered (created an account) online prior to using the Check-in/Check-out system. See the specific hunting season regulation for detailed information. Hunters who do not Check-in/Check-out are subject to penalties including revocation of hunting, fishing, trapping and firewood collection privileges.