Spring turkey bonus harvest authorizations went on sale for each of the seven spring turkey hunting zones March 16 and will run through this Friday, March 20.

Hunters are encouraged to check the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) turkey zone map and spring turkey bonus harvest authorization availability at dnr.wi.gov to see if harvest authorizations are available for the time period and turkey zone in which they want to hunt. 

There are 113,412 spring turkey bonus harvest authorizations for sale in all seven management zones.

Anyone visiting the site between 9:45 and 10 a.m. will be assigned a random number. There is no advantage to entering the site before 9:45 a.m. Starting at 10 a.m., customers who enter gowild.wi.gov will be added to the purchasing queue in the order of their arrival. Sales start at 10 a.m. and run until midnight each day.

The following zones have available bonus harvest authorizations and their corresponding sales dates are as follows:

Zone 1, March 16; Zone 2, March 17; Zone 3, Wednesday, March 18; Zone 4, Thursday, March 19; and zones 5, 6 and 7, Friday, March 20.

In Zone 7 in this area, 326 bonus permits are available for Period F (May 20-26). Zone 7 includes All of Vilas and Iron counties and parts of Oneida, Forest, Florence, Ashland and Price counties.

Bonus harvest authorizations are $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. Both groups will have equal opportunity for purchase. Bonus harvest authorizations can be purchased at gowild.wi.gov and at all license agents.

All spring turkey hunters are required to purchase a spring turkey license and 2020 Wild Turkey Stamp unless they are a 2020 Conservation Patron License holder. Bonus harvest authorization purchases will not affect preference point status for future spring drawings.

Bonus turkey harvest authorizations can be purchased at a rate of one per day until the zone and time period is sold out or until the season closes.

DNR customer service staff recommend that turkey hunters who are interested in purchasing a Conservation Patron license do so prior to buying a bonus harvest authorization.

After zone-specific sales, all remaining turkey harvest authorizations will be made available for purchase starting Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m.

Turkey periods 

The 2020 spring turkey season is April 15 through May 26, with six seven-day periods running Wednesdays through the following Tuesdays. A total of seven zones will be open for hunting.

“In 2019, we experienced overall favorable conditions during nesting and brood-rearing, and winter has been relatively mild so we are anticipating another great spring turkey season in Wisconsin,” said Mark Witecha, DNR upland wildlife ecologist. “I encourage turkey hunters to look at the regulations ahead of the season and wish everyone a safe and happy hunt.”

Spring turkey hunting regulations can be found within the 2019 Small Game Hunting Regulations, 2019 Fall Turkey Regulations and 2020 Spring Turkey Regulations.

Youth turkey hunt

Youth hunters younger than the age of 16 may hunt during the youth turkey hunt Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12. Hunters younger than the age of 12 and youth hunters without hunter safety can participate in the youth turkey hunt under the Mentored Hunting Program.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by a qualified adult and follow the youth turkey hunting and mentored hunting program rules. Spring turkey youth hunters must possess a valid spring turkey license, stamp and harvest authorization. 

A harvest authorization for any time period can be used during the youth hunt weekend, but youth hunters must hunt within the turkey management zone indicated on their harvest authorization.

For more information regarding turkey hunting in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov.