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Remaining spring turkey permits go on sale this week by zone

Excess spring turkey permits go on sale this week. Nearly 70,900 permits for six zones and several hunting periods are available.

"Be sure to check the map to confirm the zone you're interested in," said Diane Brookbank, licensing director for the state Department of Natural Resources

"We have consolidated last year's 46 zones to just seven larger turkey zones this spring, so the zone number you're used to buying probably changed. Knowing your zone is really important as permits for one zone will be sold per day. We don't want anyone to miss out."

Leftover permits will be sold one zone per day. Sales will start at 10 a.m. each day and run through midnight. Each zone will have a designated sales date as follows:

  • Zone 1 - March 23
  • Zone 2 -March 24
  • Zone 3 -March 25
  • Zone 4 -March 26
  • Zones 5 & 6 - Friday, March 27. Due to the low number of permits left in these units, the sale has been combined into one day.
  • There are no leftover permits in Zone 7.
  • There are no leftover permits for time periods A, B or C in any zone.

Any permits still remaining for all zones will be sold starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28 and continuing until sold out or the season ends.

Leftover permits can be purchased over the Internet through the Online Licensing Center link on the DNR home page (click on Hunting & Fishing Licenses and Permits under Online Services); by calling toll-free (877) 945-4236; at license sales locations; or DNR service centers.

For information, call DNR Customer Call Center from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m. seven days a week at (888)936-7463.

The spring 2009 turkey hunting season will run from April 15-May 24 in six 5-day periods. A total of 7 zones, 15 state parks and Fort McCoy will be open for hunting.

The fee for turkey permits is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. All hunters are also required to buy the spring turkey license and stamp unless they have previously purchased the license and stamp, or are a 2009 Conservation Patron License holder.

Residents and nonresidents have equal opportunity to purchase over-the-counter permits.

Purchasing these permits will not affect preference status for future spring or fall turkey permit drawings.