The mission of the Fort McCoy Natural Resource Branch is to foster the wise stewardship of natural and cultural resources which will support and sustain a realistic military training environment, biological diversity, the integrity of sensitive or unique sites, and commercial and recreational opportunities. 

  Permit Requirements

Fort McCoy Permit is Required: The appropriate Fort McCoy hunting, fishing, trapping, non-hunting/fishing activity permit and appropriate State of Wisconsin license and stamps are required to hunt, fish, or trap on Fort McCoy.  Fort McCoy permits are not transferable or refundable.  Permits may be purchased through the Wisconsin DNR GoWild licensing syste at 

Fort McCoy Non-Quota Hunt Permits

(No electronic application required)

   Permit Type Fee Season Dates  
Small Game Permit $13 Concurrent with State Season Dates  
Archery Permit $17

Early Season: Sept. 15 - Nov. 15, 2018 

Late Season: Nov. 26 - Jan. 6, 2019

Fall Turkey Permit $13

Early Season: Sept. 15 - Nov. 15, 2018

Late Season: Nov. 26 - Jan. 6, 2019   


Fort McCoy Quota Hunts

Requires submittal of online permit application through your iSportsman account.

Quota season permits (i.e., Gun-Deer, Gun Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities, Cantonment Archery, Spring Turkey, and Trapping) are only available online through the Fort McCoy iSportsman electronic application process. You will need to have registered in the iSportsman system to have access to the quota permit application. There are a limited number of permits are available for each season and there will be a random drawing for the permits.   No paper applications will be provided. Those who wish to apply must create or have created an iSportsman account to access the applications by logging into their iSportsman account and clicking on "Acquire Permit(s)".   See below link for additional application instructions. Note: Currently Fort McCoy does not participate in the state's youth hunts.

Permit Type Permit Fee Season Dates Online Application Available

Cantonment Archery Permit

Antlerless Hunt within the Cantonment Area/Restricted Areas Only


Early Season: 15 Sept. - 15 Nov.,2018

Late Season: 26 Nov. - 6 Jan., 2019               

May 2019
  9-Day Gun-Deer Permit $21   Nov. 17 - 25, 2018 May 2019
  Gun Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities $10   Oct. 6 - 7, 2018 May 2019
  Spring Turkey $13   2019 dates to be determined Jan. 2019
  Trapping $20   Concurrent with State trapping seasons Aug. 2019



Activity Sign-in/Sign-out: All hunters are required to register (create account) in the Fort McCoy iSportsman and sign-in and sign-out daily for all hunting seasons including scouting using the iSportsman  system (online at, or through the kiosk located at the Hunter Information Point (HIP). At sign-out, hunters will be asked for their daily harvest results (deer and turkey).  The HIP is located south of Highway 21 at the intersection of South J Street and Highway 21 and will be open for all hunting seasons.

Activity/Information Card:  All individuals 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 (e.g., archery, gun deer, small-game, turkey, scouting, berry picking, bird watching, etc.), personal cell phone number and two emergency contact phone numbers for each permit holder in the vehicle. You may create your own Information card or use this template.

Attention Fort McCoy Users: Firearm Registration is now Required (Click here for more information) 

It is the responsibility of the individual recreational participant/permit holder to check the Game Line at (866) 277-1597 or online at for updates, changes, and/or temporary regulations to the activities associated with the Fort McCoy hunting regulation.  Game Line information must be checked daily to ensure that the activity has not been restricted because of unforeseen mission requirements.


Click here for directions on "How to Apply" for a Fort McCoy Quota Hunt permit.


Fort McCoy Gun Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities: A Fort McCoy Gun-Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities permit, WDNR Disabled Permit (Class A, Class B, Class C, or Class D hunting), and Wisconsin Gun-Deer hunting license are required. To be eligible under a Class B permit classification, the permit must be valid for longer than one year and allow shooting from a stationary vehicle.


Wisconsin law extends many privileges for hunting, fishing and trapping to active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Wisconsin National Guard or Reserves for both residents and nonresidents. Different sections of Wisconsin statutes authorize these privileges, each with their own qualifications.

Wisconsin Armed Forces Hunting Priviledges: visit for more information or contact the WDNR at 888-936-7463 for more information.