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New turkey permit plan receives approval

April 10, 2015

A plan intended to guide the management of wild turkeys in Wisconsin over the next 10 years received approval of the state Natural Resources Board at its April meeting in Madison, Wisconsin.

“Ecology of Wild Turkeys in Wisconsin and a Plan for Their Management, 2015-2025,” will guide decisions regarding the allocation of turkey permits, the structure of spring and fall hunting seasons, and the use of wild turkey stamp funds and many other aspects of turkey management in the state.

The management plan’s initial draft was guided in part by input received at 12 meetings held statewide in April and May of 2012, as well as an online survey available during the same time period. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wild Turkey Advisory Committee developed the plan. This group consists of representatives from the DNR and many other organizations with an interest in turkeys and turkey hunting, including the National Wild Turkey Federation, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and Conservation Congress.

The updated plan will guide turkey management through 2025, and will reflect recent scientific research and changes in turkey distribution and hunting tradition. While providing clear goals for the next decade of turkey management.

The plan was also produced to allow hunters a transparent view of Wisconsin’s turkey management program. It includes significant background on wild turkey ecology and the species’ history in Wisconsin, and will be widely available both online and in hard-copy form.

The plan will be available on the department’s website and distributed in hard-copy form to DNR service centers. The plan is expected to be available by mid-summer.

Questions may be directed to Krista McGinley by email to Krista.McGinley@wisconsin.gov.