Wild turkey hunters across Wisconsin continue to enjoy the hunt of 2015. See table below. As of the end of the 4th mini season (D Season) 2015 harvest is down 1.29% from the same period 2014. Unit 4 hunters have experienced a turkey increase of 5.12%, unit 6 & 7 increased 23.6 %, 36%. WDNR cut the permits in these units by 25% in 2014 so with the permit numbers back to normal this year an increase was expected.
All other units have decreased harvests. Likely this is due to hunters … [Read Full Article...]
Over the years I've enjoyed discussing all things turkey with the forum members on Turkey and Turkey Hunting. Unfortunately that forum has all the appearances of a website about to go dark.
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January 16, 2015 - Wisconsin has completed and posted the results of spring turkey 2015 permit drawing. Notification cards are being mailed to successful hunters. Turkey hunters can login Wisconsin Online License Center to check the status of their spring turkey application.
103,516 Leftover Spring 2015 Turkey Tags
Remaining permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Each zone has a designated sales date starting at 10:00 a.m. and running through midnight each day. These … [Read Full Article...]
Here is the draft of Wisconsin's new turkey management plan. There is a lot good turkey information included in this document that all turkey hunters and anyone with an interest in wild turkeys should read. You can click the image to download a PDF of the entire plan.
Ecology of Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin
A Plan for Their Management 2015-2025
For the most part it appears the current spring season scheme will remain in place for the foreseeable future. A majority of active turkey … [Read Full Article...]
Learning about turkey hunting is not to know everything about turkeys - It's to enjoy life more.
This popped into my head while turkey dogging the other day. For those who don't know about turkey dogging- that is when you hunt with a dog to flush and scatter flocks of turkeys in order to call them back. Anyway, I read and talk a lot about turkeys and their hunting so I'm not sure if this is something I read somewhere or an original random thought that flowed in from the spirit of the hunt. … [Read Full Article...]
During Wisconsin's 2014 deer seasons some hunters have been selected to test the new electronic deer registration system. These hunters can voluntarily use the pilot program to register their deer via internet or phone call in. They also have the option to continue in person registration.
Selected hunters may receive a survey about the electronic registration experience. The DNR will use the survey results along with the data from the 2014 registrations to fine tune the system so that it … [Read Full Article...]
Hunt of a Lifetime grants hunting wishes to kids with life threatening illnesses. Watching this video will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. If it doesn't, well then, I don't know what will. … [Read Full Article...]
Wisconsin bonus deer tags must be purchased before they are sold out. This is new starting with 2014 deer seasons. The first days are zone specific then they will all go on over the counter sale with a limit of one per hunter per day until they are sold out. Many hunters are unaware of this change and those who decide to buy their license and tags at the last minute may be out of luck. Especially those who hunt on public land due to low number of tags available. Due to hunter requests WDNR … [Read Full Article...]
Good News for Wisconsin's fall turkey hunters. As of today August 14, 2014 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has completed the 2014 fall turkey drawing. Cards will be sent out next week to notify the successful hunters. If you are an avid turkey hunter who can't wait results are posted in Wisconsin's Online Licensing Center
Leftover fall turkey permits go on sale over the counter starting Saturday August 23th at 10:00 AM. Hunters may buy one per day until sold out. Hunters … [Read Full Article...]
Wisconsin 2014 wild turkey permit status:
After the last minute spring turkey permit reduction fiasco that very few knowledgeable hunters thought was a good idea. Fall turkey hunters were concerned those same few complainers would manage to convince the WDNR to reduce fall turkey permit availability in 2014. Thankfully, wildlife management based on science prevailed and the fall turkey permit numbers will be equal to the number offered during the 2013 fall season. Statewide 96,700 permits … [Read Full Article...]
Be aware Wisconsin Deer Hunters, August 18th at 10 o'clock starts the over the counter sale of antlerless permits on a first come first serve basis. There are numerous changes concerning deer hunters they need to get informed, understand and be ready for deer hunt 2014 well in advance of the season's start.
In case you have not heard 2014 deer licensing has major changes. Counties are now the new deer management areas with each one assigned to one of these 4 zones. Wisconsin Deer … [Read Full Article...]
Yes it is true Wisconsin has available more turkey permits than they sell each year in units 1,3 and 4. However, in the other units; 2,5,6 and 7 turkey permits are available to those who enter the drawing, sometimes there are no or very few permits available for over the counter sales. The application deadline is August 1 and you may apply online, phone or in person at a license agent.
I posted details on all fall appllication deadlines here
Wisconsin 2014 Fall turkey
96,700 wild … [Read Full Article...]
Wisconsin 2014 Fall turkey
96,700 wild turkey permits are expected to be available to hunters for the fall 2014 turkey hunting season same number of permits that were offered in 2013.
Please note that this number is preliminary and may be revised following review.
Any fall turkey permits remaining after the initial drawing will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Aug. 23.
Leftover fall turkey permits will be sold by zone until sold out or the season ends. Hunters who receive fall turkey permits … [Read Full Article...]
What will the fall of 2014 deer harvest be like after a record-breaking harsh winter? This is the question on the minds of most of Wisconsin’s 600,000 deer hunters.
of the car-killed deer assessments conducted by Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials. This finding is in line with field observations from DNR wildlife biologists throughout the state and reports from the public.
This spring, 522 deer were sampled statewide during a period when fat reserves were at their lowest … [Read Full Article...]
The short answer is no.
Turkey doggers and their don't usually interfere with bowhunters or ruin their deer hunting. Turkey dogging is a late morning mid day activity and the vast majority of bowhunters have already left the field by the time we start. Although deer hunters should stay on their stands if they see or hear turkey doggers in the area. Deer have a tendency to bed down during fall daylight hours and as long as the deer don't move a stand hunter has no chance of seeing … [Read Full Article...]
From WDNR press release
Natural Resources Board approved early teal season and longer dove season in Wisconsin for the fall of 2014. Starting September 1, 2014 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will offer an early teal-only duck hunting season.
In addition the current 70-day dove hunting season will become a 90 day season.
The dove hunting season in Wisconsin will be changed from the current Sept. 1 to Nov. 9 schedule to a longer season, open from Sept. 1 to Nov. … [Read Full Article...]
New southern zone bobcat hunting and trapping season will be offered in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources press release regarding Bobcat Hunting and Trapping during fall 2014:
MADISON - Wisconsin will offer a southern zone bobcat hunting and trapping season beginning in fall 2014. State wildlife officials say the creation of a southern management zone will make new opportunities available for people to hunt and trap bobcats.
The southern management zone, which includes … [Read Full Article...]
Wisconsin Ruffed Grouse wintered well. They are designed for survival in deep fluffy snow which northern Wisconsin had a lot of during 2013/2014 severe winter. The 2014 Drumming Survey is complete and indicates only a 1% decline in spring drumming activity statewide.
Excerpts from 2014 Wisconsin Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey
Wisconsin's ruffed grouse population indices decreased between 2013 and 2014 (Table 1). This is the third decrease in the ruffed grouse indices since 2011. … [Read Full Article...]
We've all been waiting for these. Well all of us serious turkey hunters. Scroll down for the final, complete 2014 Wisconsin Spring Hunt Wild Turkey Stats.
2014 Wisconsin Wild Turkey Spring Harvest/Kill
2014 Spring Turkey … [Read Full Article...]
Update for 2015 Spring Turkey Drawing and OTC tag availability.
Wisconsin's preliminary 2014 spring wild turkey harvest or if you prefer the number of gobblers killed during the spring of 2014 hunt:
Unit 1 - 12,147
Unit 2 - 10,313
Unit 3 - 10,490
Unit 4 - 5,727 (OTC permits were unnecessarily cut 25%)
Unit 5 - 2,000
Unit 6- 541 (OTC permits were unnecessarily cut 25%)
Unit 7- 354 (OTC permits were unnecessarily cut 25%)
Statewide … [Read Full Article...]
Just in Missouri's 2014 wild turkey season has come to an end with a total 2014 wild turkey harvest of 43,273 birds. This is Missouri's third year in row of increased harvest numbers, very good news. Congratulations Missouri hunters.
At the time of this writing Wisconsin has a statewide harvest of 35,882 with 10 days of hunting season remaining. If Wisconsin hunters register another 7,391 wild turkeys we will tie Missouri.
Why does this matter you ask? Well it really doesn't- … [Read Full Article...]
2014 disabled gun deer hunt provides great opportunity for hunters with disabilities and interested landowners
MADISON -- Sponsors and landowners interested in hosting a gun hunt for deer hunters with disabilities are reminded that the deadline to submit an application is June 1. The 2014 disabled hunt will take place Oct. 4 to 12.
For an online application, search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for keywords "disabled deer hunt." If sponsors do not have access to an online application, please … [Read Full Article...]
A lot of questions are being asked about the extent of Wisconsin's winter deer and turkey kill. Of course it will vary by area.
All the reports coming in here concerning turkeys are indicating the population is strong and vibrant with strong gobbling reports coming from all across the state of Wisconsin. So it is looking like as predicted Wisconsin's 2014 spring wild turkey season is going be a good one. Additionally the early reports are of strong gobbling all across northern Wisconsin … [Read Full Article...]
March 29, 2014 first Woodcock.
After enduring a long cold hanger-on winter the twittering rise of 3 woodcocks was a pleasant surprise for Vic and I. This might be our earliest Wisconsin woodcock sighting. I must admit before Vic the turkey dog entered my life there may have been woodcock about in March which I simply walked by. Vic doesn't miss much making him a special joy to hike around with.
Don L. Johnson writes in Summer's Song Just Ask The Birds
"Men may … [Read Full Article...]
Wisconsin is divided into 7 turkey management units. Units 1,3, and 4 are covered in this post. According to a consensus of retired turkey biologists and dedicated hunters who are year round turkey observers Wisconsin has one of the largest turkey populations in the nation numbering in excess of 500,000+. In spite of a severe winter across the
northern third of Wisconsin the turkeys seem to have survived intact. There are some localized reports of dead turkeys being found and these … [Read Full Article...]
Do wild turkeys migrate?
Winter 2014 has been severe in most of Wisconsin. Also the winter of 2013 was challenging for wildlife survival.
While snowshoeing across a hilltop field a flock of 30 – 40 turkeys flew in loose formation over head looking like they were on their way somewhere not near here. They were a couple hundred yards in the air and until that moment I had never seen such a flock flying so high. My first thought was they were migrating.
Posted here on March 7, 2014 Turkey … [Read Full Article...]
The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill authorizing a surcharge penalty from $43- $10,000 for poaching deer. In particular a trophy deer. Judges would be required to add the surcharge fine according to the bucks score based on length of tines and spread. Also anyone convicted of poaching would be forbidden from purchasing a hunting, trapping or fishing license for up to 3 years.
Now the bill moves onto the Senate.
Wait a minute.
Does a poacher by definition care about buying a … [Read Full Article...]
Vic the turkey dog and charlie the human will be speakers at Talk'n Turkey Expo, March 22, 2014 at the Howards Grove High School. Hours are 9am-6pm.
Talk'n Turkey expo is a fundraiser for the Howards Grove Rod & Gun Club's Learn to Hunt program. The Learn To Hunt pairs
up experienced mentors with first time hunters. They take them out turkey hunting and supply everything they need to hunt.
Our session starts at 1 pm.
Now wait a minute you're thinking
"What does fall turkey … [Read Full Article...]
After yesterday's unexpected announcement of a 25% reduction in 2014 spring turkey permits charlie emailed Scott Walter:
I’m stunned you reduced the turkey permits!?!
Do you realize how convoluted your press release sounds?
What happened to science based wildlife decisions? This is a very bad precedent for the future of science based wildlife management.
Very disappointing, just plain bad management. This is the kind of position that keeps me a nonmember of the … [Read Full Article...]
In 2013 Wisconsin Act 61 passed expanding crossbow hunting opportunities to all hunters. Act 61 rescinds crossbow privileges that accompanied all previously issued disabled hunter permits. Disabled hunter crossbow permits have been discontinued.
Starting with the 2014 fall hunting season Wisconsin will have both crossbow and archery seasons occurring at the same time. During these bow hunting seasons all hunters regardless of age or physical condition will be able to hunt with a crossbow … [Read Full Article...]