Wisconsin Spring Turkey Season Right Around The Corner

Spring turkey season opens April 17, and bonus harvest authorizations are still available for purchase.

Regulations can be found within the 2018 Small Game Hunting Regulations, 2018 Fall Turkey Regulations, and 2019 Spring Turkey Regulations. More information is available on our turkey page.

Get the next generation of turkey hunters into the woods this April 13-14

Since 2007, Wisconsins youth have been able to participate in an annual Spring Turkey Youth Hunt. The hunt gives youth under age 16 a chance to hunt turkey and gain valuable experience without the competition of adult hunters. Youth hunters are also eligible to participate in the Mentored Hunt Program during the two-day youth hunt. The Mentored Hunt Program allows participants to hunt without first completing hunter education.

To help commemorate a turkey hunters first harvest or hunting experience, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides a free, personalized certificate available online. Sign-up is easy, and can be done in a matter of minutes online.

After submitting an online form, first-time turkey hunters will receive a customized certificate with details of the hunt including a picture, the location, the birds weight, beard length and more. Certificates will be sent electronically within a few weeks after submission.

Reminder to hunters: Cary proof of license and register your harvest

While no longer required to validate a tag, hunters are required to carry proof of their turkey license, stamp and harvest authorization while in the field.

Valid forms of proof include a printed paper copy, Go Wild conservation card, Go Wild authenticated Wisconsin drivers license or an original Go Wild digital file on a mobile device.

After a successful hunt, remember to register your harvest.Harvest registration is a critical component of turkey population management, and hunters must register their turkey by 5 p.m. the day after recovery at gamereg.wi.gov or by phone at 1-844-426-3734.

Remember, you’ll need your harvest authorization number to register it’s located on a paper or digital copy of the harvest authorization.

Hunters helping those in need

Put your hunting skills and extra time in the woods to good use and help a family in need this spring through the Turkey Donation Program.

Donated turkeys will be processed free of charge and the meat will be ground and then provided to local food pantries.