2018 Fort McCoy Spring Turkey and Electronic Application Information
Notice to ALL Applicants:
- Firearm Registration is now required. All spring turkey hunters are required to register their firearm(s) prior to their hunting season. Click here for further directions.
- Minimum age requirement: Fort McCoy requires a minimum age of 10 years to participate in spring turkey hunting. A maximum of 4 applicants per group including any youth.
- Fort McCoy does not participate in the spring turkey youth hunt April 14-15, 2018.
Available: January 22, 2018.
Application deadline date: February 16, 2018 at midnight.
If you were drawn for a 2018 State of Wisconsin Spring Turkey Hunting tag, you are NOT eligible to apply for a 2018 Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Hunting Permit.
2018 Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Season Dates
The 2018 Spring Turkey hunting season on Fort McCoy consists of 6 hunting periods. Each season running 5 days in length (Monday – Friday (except period A, which is 3-days (Wednesday - Friday)). This is done to minimize conflict with increased military training on the weekends and to provide a 2-day period open for scouting with no disruption to hunters.
There will be a limited number of permits for each season. Season permit quotas are based on training schedules and training area availability. You will go into a drawing based on your season preferences.
Period A: April 18-20, 2018 (Wed. thru Fri. hunt only)
Period B: April 23-27, 2018 (Mon. thru Fri. hunt only)
Period C: April 30 - May 4, 2018 (Mon. thru Fri. hunt only)
Period D: May 7-11, 2018 (Mon. thru Fri. hunt only)
Period E: May 14-18, 2018 (Mon. thru Fri. hunt only)
Period F: May 21-25, 2018 (Mon. thru Fri. hunt only)
Note: There is no spring turkey hunting on the weekends. Scouting is acceptable if training areas are open on the Game Line.
Fort McCoy does not participate in the spring turkey youth hunt April 14-15, 2018.
How to apply for a Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Permit
How do I apply?
If you have not registered or created an account in the Fort McCoy iSportsman system, you will need to do so before you can apply for a Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Permit. If you are not sure that you have created an iSportsman account or can't remember your account information, please contact the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office at (608) 388-3337. Click here if you need to Register
Make sure your iSportsman account information is current prior to applying: Please make sure your Fort McCoy iSportsman account information is current and your Wisconsin DNR Customer Number is entered correctly in your iSportsman user account information before you submit your spring turkey application. Remember, if you make any changes to your account information, make sure you click on SAVE at the bottom of the page.
Individuals who do not yet have a Wisconsin DNR Customer Number will need to obtain one before applying for a Fort McCoy permit. Contact a WDNR Service Center or call their toll free number at 1-888-936-7463 (7 days a week from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM) to have one created. Applications without the WDNR Customer Number will be removed from the selection process.
Confirm Your Category Status: Those who are applying that are Category A or B are required to provide a copy of their credentials to the Permit Sales Office. Military personnel, Fort McCoy civilians, and the general public all need to apply during the application period to have an opportunity to obtain a permit. Any applications without a category selected or without proper category verification (see below) will be entered into the Category C drawing.
Proof of Eligibility Category A and B:
Proof of eligibility must be supplied when applying for Category A and B for your application to be accepted into the drawing for those categories. Category A and Category B applicants are required to verify their category by providing Permit Sales with a copy of their credentials: a photo copy of your military, government civilian/retired ID or Form SF-50 must be submitted to the Permit Sales Office by the application deadline date. Applicants (Category A & B) may mail, email, or drop off a copy of their credentials at the Permit Sales Office in building 2168.
Category A: Active and Retired Military, Reserves and National Guard and military dependent ID card holders.
A Military ID is required for all Category A applicants to confirm your status. Applicants can stop by the Permit Sales Office (building 2168) with their ID or a copy can be sent to the Permit Sales Office. If sending a copy of your ID, any social security number displayed must be BLOCKED OUT.
Category B: Department of Defense (DoD) and Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) civilians, retired government civilians, other US Government Civilian ID Card Holders, and legal dependents (spouses and children 18 years old and younger).
A Civilian/Retired Civilian government employee ID is required for all Category B applicants to confirm your status. Retired government civilian employees may supply a copy of their retirement SF50 or a retired civilian ID card. For legal dependents, the parent/guardian government employee must provide their ID along with the names of dependents. Applicants can stop by the Permit Sales Office (building 2168) with their ID or SF 50, or a copy can be sent to the Permit Sales Office. If sending a copy of your ID or SF50, any social security number displayed must be BLOCKED OUT. Note: The Fort McCoy Personnel Services Branch can issue ID cards for retired civilian personnel. Please call (608) 388-4563 prior to visiting for more information
Category C: General Public (those who do not qualify for Category A or B). No copy of ID required.
Note: If you currently obtain Category A or B status that has been validated in your iSportsman account (your current status is shown under your validations in your account information) and the validation has NOT expired, you do not need to provide proof of ID.
Please contact the Permit Sales Office at (608)-388-3337 with any questions regarding your current category status prior to submitting your application.
Spring Turkey Application
Once you have logged in to your iSportsman Account, click on "Acquire Permits".
- Select and click on the 2018 spring turkey application "Add to Cart" and follow all the prompts.
- Select how you want to apply. See below instructions if applying as a group or participating in the mentored program.
- Make sure you select a choice for all six seasons.
- Click Save at the bottom of the page. By clicking on Save, your application is now saved in your "Shopping Cart" and you will need to proceed to click on "View and Checkout Cart".
- Verify your item(s) in your shopping cart and click on "Checkout".
- Click on "Confirm" your order. Once you confirm your order, your application is submitted into the drawing. There is no application fee.
Click here for step by step application instructions.
If you have any questions regarding the application or process, please contact the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office at (608) 388-3337.
Group Applications: A maximum of 4 applicants per group including any youth.
All applicants in a group must be the same category (A, B, or C) and for the same time period. Any groups with multiple categories will be included in the drawing at the lowest tier category (i.e., a group with Category A and C applications will be included in the Category C drawing).
One person from the group will need to apply first. They will need to select "Create Group" from the drop down menu on their application where it asks how you want to apply.
Once the individual has "Checked-out" and "Confirmed" their order, the iSportsman system will automatically provide you with a Group Key Code (group number). Give that group number to the other (up to three) individuals who would like to "Join" your existing group. The individuals who would like to "Join" your group will then login to their own iSportsman account, click on "Acquire Permit", and select the spring turkey application. They will then select "Join Existing Group" from how they want to apply, and type in the group number in the below box. It is very important that the group number must be entered exactly as what the iSportsman supplied. (case sensitive).
Mentored Hunting: Fort McCoy does not have a specific Youth Hunt for 2018; however youth can participate in any Fort McCoy hunt. Fort McCoy minimum age requirement is 10. All participants (youth and mentors) must follow Fort McCoy regulations, WDNR guidelines and rules associated with the program, and apply, receive and obtain the proper Fort McCoy permit(s). Youth and Mentors must possess a valid Fort McCoy spring turkey permit for the selected 2018 Fort McCoy hunting period. Youth applications who plan on participating in the mentored hunting program must be submitted with a group. Only 4 applications per group. Click here for more information regarding the Wisconsin Mentored hunting program rules.
Payment is not required at time of application.
Successful applicants will add awarded permit to their iSportsman account and then purchase their Fort McCoy Spring Turkey permit ($13.00) from the WDNR GoWild system starting March 5, 2018.
All persons that are selected/drawn for a Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Permit must purchase/possess the appropriate Wisconsin hunting license (e.g. 2018 Spring Turkey Hunting License, Senior Citizen Recreation Card or Conservation Patron License, and Turkey Stamp if required by the state) and the Fort McCoy Spring Turkey $13.00 permit.
Fort McCoy Spring Turkey permits are non-refundable/non-transferable.
If you are drawn for a permit, you may proceed to purchase your permit starting March 5, 2018 through an authorized WDNR GoWild licensing vendor or WDNR online licensing system at https://gowild.wi.gov.
Notice to WDNR Conservation Patrons Licenses Holders:
Hunters that purchase a Wisconsin Conservation Patrons License should not do so until they have received official notification from the iSportsman system or Permit Sales Office on the status of their spring turkey drawing results. This will ensure the Permit Sales office has adequate time to update the WDNR database so that a Spring Turkey carcass tag can be issued if selected. The GoWild vendor cannot issue a Fort McCoy Spring Turkey carcass tag to Conservation Patrons holder after the license is purchased.
Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Permit Drawing
How does Fort McCoy conduct their random permit drawings?
All initial drawings will be conducted based on the applicant’s first choice of hunting periods. Any permits remaining after the initial drawings will be awarded through random drawing to applicants not selected in the initial drawing and based on their second, third, fourth, and/or fifth choice. There will be a limited number of permits for each season.
Remember, season permit quotas are based on training schedules and training area availability. You will go into a drawing based on your season preferences.
Spring Turkey permit selections will be based on a random drawing of all applications within three category placements (A, B or C) with separate permit allotments established for each category (see Category definition under Selection Process and Categories).
Category allotments will be used for each hunting period and based on the applicant’s first choice.
Category allotments are: (A) 25%, (B) 15%, and (C) 60%.
Category A applicants will be drawn first followed by Category B and then Category C. Any Category A or B applicants not selected in the initial drawing will be included in the Category C drawing for that same period.
Any Category A or B allotments not filled during the selection process will be available for the Category C drawing.
Spring Turkey Drawing Results
Drawing results will be posted to your iSportsman account prior to March 5, 2018. You may login into your iSportsman user account anytime to review your drawing status/results by clicking on the Lottery tab and looking for the 2018 Spring Turkey Application results.
How do I know if I was drawn for a Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Permit?
If you entered an email address to your iSportsman account when you registered, the iSportsman system automatically emailed you your spring turkey drawing results after the conclusion of the drawing. Drawing results should be available by March 9, 2018.
If you did not receive an email regarding your drawing results, you may check your spring turkey drawing results any time by logging into your iSportsman account either by a computer, smart phone, or Kiosk located at the Hunter Information Point:
Login to your iSportsman account at www.mccoy.isportsman.net and click into “My Account”, login to your account. Any current permits and drawing results will show up on the bottom of the page under My Permits.
If you did not receive an e-mail in your regular inbox from the Fort McCoy iSportsman system or did not add an email address to your iSportsman account:
Check your email spam or junk folder. Some individuals received the iSportsman email in their email junk or spam folders and not in their regular email inbox.
EmailTip: Check your email settings to accept emails from Fort McCoy iSportsman. Otherwise any notifications from Fort McCoy iSportsman may go to your email junk/spam folder.
What if I still do not see any permits listed?
If you still do not see any permits listed, click on Available Permits or Acquire Permits. Available Permits and Acquire Permits will list the current permits and drawing result selections you will need to ADD to your iSportsman account. Select and add each available permit to your iSportsman shopping cart, Checkout and CONFIRM your order to post awarded permit(s) to your iSportsman account.
For additional questions or help with adding your permit(s) to your iSportsman account, please call the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office 608-388-3337 M-F 7:00AM-3:30PM.
Purchasing your Awarded Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Permit
If drawn for a Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Permit, you may purchase your $13.00 permit starting any time after March 5, 2018.
- You may purchase your Fort McCoy Spring Turkey permit ($13.00) at any authorized Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) license agent or online from https://gowild.wi.gov. All hunters are required to purchase a 2018 Wisconsin Spring Turkey or Conservation Patrons license AND their awarded Fort McCoy Spring Turkey permit.
Conservation Patrons License Holders
Hunters that purchase a Wisconsin Conservation Patrons License should not do so until after March 5. This will ensure the Permit Sales office has adequate time to update the WI DNR database so that a Fort McCoy Spring Turkey carcass tag can be issued to your GoWild account. The Wisconsin licensing vendor cannot issue a carcass tag to Conservation Patrons holder after the conservation patron’s license is purchased.
Can I still apply for a Fort McCoy Spring Turkey permit if I missed the application deadline?
- Contact the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337 for availability and additional information.
Will Fort McCoy offer the purchase of additional leftover spring turkey tags?
- If Fort McCoy has any leftover spring turkey tags information will be posted on the iSportsman Homepage with further information and instructions.
- If you are interested in purchasing left over spring turkey tags for Fort McCoy, please contact the Permit Sales Office 608-388-3337 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You are eligible to purchase a Fort McCoy left-over spring turkey tag ($13.00) directly through the Wisconsin DNR GoWild system if there are any left-over tags available.
i-Sportsman Automated Sign-in and Hunting Information System:
Fort McCoy iSportsman allows individuals to obtain information on hunting and fishing opportunities, view hunting area closures (Game Line listing), and sign-in/sign-out for daily scouting and hunting activities, and records harvest for certain hunting seasons. Individuals must register/create an account, including their 9 digit Wisconsin DNR Customer Number, before they can apply for a permit, or sign-in for scouting or hunting. Registration can be done using a smart phone, computer (internet) or the kiosk located at the South Hunter Information Point. Once an account has been created, daily sign-in and game line area closure listings can be conducted and viewed by smart phone, computer (internet), telephone (cell phone and landline), or on-site kiosk.
I-Sportsman will also be used by Wildlife staff to more accurately check daily hunter participation by permit type, create online hunter surveys and post important hunting and game management information and updates. Daily sign-in/sign-out and Game Line listings can also be found by calling toll free 866-277-1597.
Daily sign-in/sign-out and Game Line listings can also be found by calling toll free 866-277-1597. (Must have registered online first)
Added Reminder: Starting March 1, 2018 - Everyone must login into their iSportsman "Account" and click "Continue" in order for the new 2018-2019 Fort McCoy Access Pass to be added to your iSportsman account. By having the current access pass added to your account, this will allow you to Sign-in during your spring turkey season. You must update your iSportsman account annually by adding the current license year Fort McCoy Access Pass. The Fort McCoy Access Pass is valid from March 1 through February 28 every year.
Contact Information: Permit Sales Office (Bldg 2168)
Open Monday through Friday
7:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.
iSportsman Website: www.mccoy.isportsman.net
Fort McCoy Hunting, Fishing and Trapping regulations are available at the Permit Sales Office, online, and at the Hunter Information Point located south of Highway 21 at the intersection of Quarry Hill Road and Highway 21 and will be open for all hunting seasons.