Access and Permits
Installation Access: All recreational users to Fort McCoy will use the Fort McCoy iSportsman system https://mccoy.isportsman.net. Make sure that you meet the installations access requirements. Fort McCoy is and foremost a military installation. Access is controlled (Cantonment) and is subject to change based on the security needs of the installation. Once registered in the iSportsamn system, recreationists, hunters,trappers, and anglers are required to use the iSportsman system to Check-in/Check-out when participating in an activity and record harvest information. Other than providing basic limited information, iSportsman does not facilitate or control the installtion access process.
Weapons Registration: Fort McCoy is requiring that all privately owned firearms brought on to the installation be registered through the Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) Police Department. You must register weapons used for hunting with DES. Conceal and carry of firearms is not allowed on Fort McCoy. Firearms declaration and proof of registration is required while hunting. iSportsman does not facilitate or control the Fort McCoy weapons registration process. Click here for additional information and firearm registration form.
Transportation of Firearms/Bows: While on Federal property all firearms/bows must be unloaded and completely enclosed in a case designed to carry a firearm when in or on any vehicle whether moving or stationary. Weapons are not allowed to be loaded in or on any vehicle at any time with the exception for WDNR disabled class A and B permit hunters while stationary. Bows and crossbows must be unstrung or enclosed within a case when in or on a vehicle.
Who has to set up an iSportdsman account: If you plan on hunting, trapping, or fishing anywhere on Fort McCoy you will have to have an iSportsman account. If you plan on participating in other non-hunting recreational activities (birdwatching, dogwalking, berry picking, etc.) you have to have an iSportsman account. To set up an account, click on Register link above. During the registration process, you will be asked for your contact information and you may be required to acknowledge your agreement with some key requirements.
A Fort McCoy Permit is Required: Anyone interested in hunting, fishing or trapping on Fort McCoy must have a Fort McCoy permit and appropriate State of Wisconsin license, tags, and stamps which can be purchased through the WDNR GoWild licensing system. Click on the Program Info tab above for further fishing and hunting permit information and requirements.
Permit Requirements: The appropriate Fort McCoy hunting, fishing, trapping, permit and appropriate State of Wisconsin license and stamps are required to hunt, fish, or trap on Fort McCoy. Once a Fort McCoy permit is purchased, permits are non-transferable and no refunds will be given, regardless of reason.
Revenue from the sale of hunting, fishing, and trapping permits remains on Fort McCoy and is used for the management of fish and wildlife populations and habitat.
Non-quota season permits (i.e., Fishing, Regular Archery, Fall Turkey, and Small-Game):
A Fort McCoy application is not required to purchase these permits. Fort McCoy permits can be purchased at any authorized WDNR GoWild vendor throughout Wisconsin including WDNR Service Centers, Fort McCoy Post Exchange (military ID required), and Fort McCoy Pine View Campground. Fort McCoy permits are also available through the WDNR Online Licensing Center at http://dnr.wi.gov/. All hunting participants must register and create an account in the iSportsman and are required to Sign-in/Sign-out when hunting.
Quota season permits (i.e., Gun-Deer, Deer-Disabled, Cantonment Archery, Spring Turkey, and Trapping):
These permits are only available through the Fort McCoy i-Sportsman on-line application process. One must submit an online application through their acquired iSportsman account for the specified permit that will go into a random drawing. Once the drawing is concluded, and if awarded a Fort McCoy permit, the Fort McCoy permit will be posted to your WDNR GoWild account for you to go purchase after a specified date. Click here for Application Information.
- Quota permit applications are available on-line through your Fort McCoy i-Sportsman user account. Click here for additional application information https://ftmccoy.isportsman.net/HuntingApp.aspx
- Selection of recipients is conducted through a random drawing following the application deadline date.
- Applicants are notified of the selection results by checking their iSportsman user account and by email if one has email included in their iSportsman account information. Additional instructions on how to purchase your permit will be posted on the web site.
- Soldiers stationed at Fort McCoy after the quota permit drawing is completed are eligible to apply for a quota permit (i.e., Gun-Deer, Deer-Disabled, Cantonment Archery, Spring Turkey, and Trapping). A copy of the PCS orders showing the date of assignment after the application period must accompany the application.
- Once awarded a permit, Add (check-out and confirm order) the awarded Fort McCoy permit to your iSportsman account. This will allow you to Check-in and Check-out of your activity during the season.
Purchasing your Fort McCoy Permit
Hunting and Fishing Permits are not currently sold through the Permit Sales Office or the iSportsman system.
All Fort McCoy hunting and fishing permits are sold through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) GoWild Licensing system. https://gowild.wi.gov/
Permits can be purchased at any authorized WDNR vendor throughout Wisconsin including WDNR Service Centers, Fort McCoy Post Exchange (military ID required), and Fort McCoy Pine View Campground. Fort McCoy permits are also available through the WDNR Online Licensing Center at https://gowild.wi.gov/
Wisconsin Armed Forces Hunting Privileges: 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.
Go to https://dnr.wi.gov/permits/military.html for more information or call 1-888-936-7463.
Wisconsin Armed Forces License Rates
Any resident in active service with the Armed Forces, who presents their military I.D. and leave papers is eligible for a free Small Game & Fishing License. All other hunting, trapping or fishing licenses can be purchased at resident rates.
Active service, means full time employment as a member of the armed services and does not include annual summer training by members of the national guard or reserves.
Any resident Purple Heart recipient who exhibits proof at a DNR Service Center of having received a Purple Heart medal is eligible to purchase a Conservation Patron license for $10. More details including acceptable documentation available on Veteran's page.
A hunting, fishing and trapping license can be purchased at the resident rate by a nonresident who is:
- a member of the Wisconsin National Guard
- an active member of the Armed Forces stationed in Wisconsin
- a member of a Reserve Unit of the Armed Forces located in Wisconsin
- a current member of the Armed Forces or current member of a Reserve Unit of the Armed Forces stationed out of state who was a resident at the time he or she entered active service
Any nonresident Purple Heart recipient who exhibits proof at a DNR Service Center of having received a Purple Heart medal is eligible to purchase a nonresident Conservation Patron license for $161 and other hunting, trapping, and fishing approvals at resident rates. More details, including acceptable documentation available on the Veteran's page.
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. Click here for activity/information card template.
Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Hazard: Military training involving live ammunition and explosives has occurred throughout Fort McCoy since 1909. Deliberate and comprehensive efforts have been conducted to clear the unexploded ordnance (UXO) hazard; however these items may occasionally still be encountered while on Fort McCoy.
Permit Sales Office Hours
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.