Excellent Turkey Harvest This Year

The preliminary totals for the 2024 spring turkey season from Wisconsin DNR show turkey hunters registered 50,435 birds this season. It’s the fourth-highest spring harvest on record and a 22 percent increase from the five-year average.

The 2024 spring season started on April 13 with the two-day youth hunt for hunters under 16 years old. A total of 3,967 birds were registered, a 37 percent increase from the five-year average.

A total of 246,068 authorizations were available this spring, and hunters applied for or purchased 224,630 of them. The regular season is divided into six separate one-week periods, from April 17 to May 28. These separate periods help maximize hunter opportunities while minimizing interference for a more sustainable harvest. The robust participation and harvest numbers show ample opportunities across the state.

The deadline to apply for next spring’s (2025) turkey season is Dec. 10. Hunters can apply for harvest authorizations online through the Go Wild license portal: https://gowild.wi.gov/