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Spring turkey bonus permits available beginning on March 16

Starting March 16, spring turkey bonus harvest authorizations go on sale for each of the seven spring turkey hunting zones.

Hunters are encouraged to check the Department of Natural Resources’ turkey zone map and spring turkey bonus harvest authorization availability 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 9:45-10 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 the GoWild website 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 - Monday, March 16; -- Zone 2 - Tuesday, March 17; -- Zone 3 - Wednesday, March 18; -- Zone 4 - Thursday, March 19; and -- Zones 5, 6 and 7 - Friday, March 20.

Bonus harvest authorizations are $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Both groups will have equal opportunity for purchase. Bonus harvest authorizations can be purchased online through 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.

Once you log into your personalized dashboard on GoWild.Wi.Gov, click the ‘Buy License’ button to open the catalog. From there, you will find “Spring Turkey Bonus Harvest Authorization” at the top of the list.

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 March 16 to make the bonus harvest authorization process as quick and easy as possible. After zone-specific sales, all remaining turkey harvest authorizations will be made available for purchase 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21. The 2020 spring turkey season is April 15-May 26, with six seven-day periods running Wednesday through the following Tuesday.