Wisconsin Awards 135,155 Spring Turkey Permits

There were 135,155 successful applicants in the drawing for 2013 Wisconsin spring wild turkey permits through the spring turkey preference drawing, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. A total of 234,765 permits will be available for the spring 2013 turkey season, and the remaining permits will be available through over-the-counter sales in March.

Postcard notifications to successful applicants should be arriving within the next few weeks. Hunters can also check on the status of their permit application online through the DNR online licensing center or by calling the DNR Customer Call Center from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m., seven days a week, at (888) 936-7463.

The spring 2013 turkey hunting season will run from April 10 through May 21, with six seven-day periods running Wednesday through the following Tuesday. This is a change from spring turkey seasons before 2012, during which the six time periods ran for five days. A total of seven zones and Fort McCoy will be open for hunting.

Hunters harvested 42,433 turkeys during the 2012 spring season.