Calling All Turkey Hunters

The Wisconsin DNR reminds wild turkey hunters that applications for the 2024 spring season are due by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 10.

Hunters can apply for harvest authorizations or purchase preference points toward future drawings through Go Wild: or an authorized license agent: Turkey harvest authorizations are issued through a preference-based drawing system.

Applicants may choose up to two time period and zone combinations that they would like to hunt. As a third choice, applicants may choose one zone in which they will accept a harvest authorization for any period. This third choice can be the same zone as the first and/or second choice. The DNR encourages applicants to submit a second and third choice to maximize the likelihood of drawing a harvest authorization.

The spring harvest authorization drawing takes place in late January. Successful applicants will get a notification in the mail. Application status can also be checked through Go Wild, at a DNR service center or by calling 1-888-WDNRINFO (1-888-936-7463). If you don’t get a harvest authorization, you’ll get a preference point. The point will increase your chance of drawing a harvest authorization the following spring season.

Any harvest authorizations not awarded in the drawing will be available for purchase as bonus harvest authorizations. Bonus harvest authorizations will cost $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents.

When you get your spring turkey harvest authorization, you must have a valid spring turkey license and a wild turkey stamp. A 2024 spring turkey license is $15 for Wisconsin residents and $60 for non-residents. The 2024 wild turkey stamp is $5.25. Licenses will go on sale March 1.

2024 Spring Turkey Season

• Youth Hunt – April 13-14
• Period A – April 17-23
• Period B – April 24-30
• Period C – May 1-7
• Period D – May 8-14
• Period E – May 15-21
• Period F – May 22-28