Wisconsin’s 2024 spring turkey harvest up 22% from five-year average

For the Tomahawk Leader

WISCONSIN – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), on Friday, June 7, announced preliminary totals for the 2024 spring turkey season.

Wisconsin turkey hunters registered 50,435 birds this season, making it the fourth-highest spring harvest on record and a 22% increase from the five-year average.

The 2024 spring season started on April 13 with the two-day youth hunt for hunters under 16 years old. A total of 3,967 birds were registered, a 37% increase from the five-year average.

A total of 246,068 authorizations were available this spring, and hunters applied for or purchased 224,630 of them. The regular season is divided into six separate one-week periods, from April 17 to May 28.

“These separate periods help maximize hunter opportunities while minimizing interference for a more sustainable harvest,” DNR stated. “The robust participation and harvest numbers show ample opportunities across the state.”

The deadline to apply for the spring 2025 turkey season is Tuesday, Dec. 10. Hunters can apply for harvest authorizations online through the Go Wild license portal at www.gowild.wi.gov/.

Learn more about turkey hunting in Wisconsin on the DNR’s Turkey Hunting webpage at www.dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/hunt/turkey.

Wisconsin turkey hunters registered 50,435 birds this season, a 22% increase from the five-year average. Photo courtesy of iStock/SteveOehlenschlager.
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