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DNR column: Bonus harvest authorizations for spring turkey season available March 18

Bonus turkey harvest authorizations, previously known as leftover permits, will go on sale the week of March 18, with a designated sales date for each zone.

The scheduled sales dates for the 2019 spring turkey season are:

• Zone 1 - Monday, March 18;

• Zone 2 - Tuesday, March 19;

• Zone 3 - Wednesday, March 20;

• Zone 4 - Thursday, March 21; and

• Zones 5, 6 and 7 - Friday, March 22.

Bonus harvest authorizations can be purchased online through GoWild.Wi.Gov and at all license agents. Sales begin at 10 a.m. and run through midnight each day.

After zone-specific sales, all remaining turkey harvest authorizations for all zones will be made available for purchase Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m.

Bonus harvest authorizations cost $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Both residents and non-residents will have equal opportunity for purchase. Bonus turkey harvest authorizations can be purchased at a rate of one per day until the zone and time period is sold out or the season closes. Bonus harvest authorization purchases will not affect preference point status for future spring drawings.

In total, 109,771 bonus turkey harvest authorizations are available across all seven turkey zones for the 2019 spring season. Hunters are encouraged to check the turkey zone map [PDF] and the spring turkey bonus harvest authorization availability to see if harvest authorizations are available for the time period and turkey zone in which they wish to hunt.

All spring turkey hunters are required to possess a valid spring turkey license, a 2019 wild turkey stamp and a valid turkey harvest authorization. If not already done, hunters will be required to purchase the spring turkey license and stamp authorization when they purchase a bonus harvest authorization.

Purchasing online

To purchase a bonus harvest authorization online through Go Wild, hunters will need to log on to their personalized dashboard at GoWild.Wi.Gov and click the "Buy License" button. From there, "Spring Turkey Bonus Harvest Authorization" will be at the top of the list.

During the sale of spring bonus harvest authorizations through Go Wild, the system will use an online queue to assign random numbers to customers who enter the site between 9:45 and 10 a.m. It is important to note that there is no advantage to entering the site prior to 9:45 a.m. Customers who enter after 10 a.m. will be added to the queue in order of arrival.

Department of Natural Resources customer service staff recommend that turkey hunters who are interested in purchasing a Conservation Patron license do so prior to March 18 to make the bonus harvest authorization process as quick and easy as possible.

For any questions or to report a violation, call Warden Paul Sickman at 715-684-2914 ext 120.