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Fall turkey hunt applications close today


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Today is your last day to sign up for your prefered hunting spot for the fall turkey season.

Applications for the Turkey hunt are due today with the Department of Natural Resources. DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist Krista McGinley says the same amount of permits are available for this fall's hunt as in 2013. "Across the board, Zones 1 through 7, no change in the numbers from last year. Looks like we've got a total of 96,700 permits statewide."

A number of factors entered into the hold on turkey permits. McGinley says that a low harvest this spring meant the DNR was comfortable holding steady this fall. The permits in the fall allow hunters to take either a gobbler or a hen, but McGinley says they are not concerned about hurting the population. "You can harvest up to seven percent of the hens, the females, before you see some damage to population growth. And in Wisconsin, historically, we've always been well below that number."

Online registration is the quickest way to get your application in and McGinley says the process is easy. "Hunters will be asked to choose a zone depending on where they want to hunt, and leftover permits will go on sale August 23 at 10 am." New this year is the end of in person registration for your bird in the hunt. All registration will be done by phone or online.

You can learn more about this year's hunt online at http://dnr.wi.gov. Just search for the keyword Turkey.