Fort McCoy Natural Resources

Hunting, Fishing, Trapping & Firewood Cutting at Fort McCoy 

Fort McCoy offers hunting, fishing, and trapping opportunities to military (active and retired) and their dependents, government employees, and the general public. All participants must have the appropriate Fort McCoy permit and State of Wisconsin licenses before they are allowed to hunt, fish, or trap on Fort McCoy.

Revenue generated from the sale of hunting, fishing, and trapping permits is used for the management of fish and wildlife habitat and populations on Fort McCoy.

Much of Fort McCoy's 60,000 acres is naturally well-suited for wildlife habitat. The majority of the land on Fort McCoy is divided into 82 training areas totaling 45,648 acres, which are available for hunting. Harvest and biological data is collected to monitor wildlife populations and wildlife health.

Fort McCoy has 10 installation lakes and impoundments and approximately 71.2 miles of coldwater streams and tributaries. The majority of the streams are Class I trout water maintaining naturally reproducing brook and brown trout. The impoundments on Fort McCoy coldwater streams provide a variety of uses for recreation, military training, and habitat for fish and wildlife.

Firewood cutting is allowed on Fort McCoy to help remove dead and down wood from the training areas. Two permit categories are available; the daily permit costs $10 and allows cutting and hauling firewood for one calendar day, the monthly permit costs $50 and allows cutting and hauling firewood for one calendar month. Income generated through firewood permit sales is deposited into a Department of Army account and used to fund forest management activities. 

Please explore the website for more-specific information about regulations, obtaining permits, etc.

Important Notices:  

Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Gun-Deer, Cantonment Archery, and Fall Turkey Seasons.

Applications must be received or postmarked by the deadline date (June 12, 2015).

The application can be downloaded at Applications 


User Accounts: Individuals who registered in i-Sportsman for the fall 2013 and 2014 hunting season need to update their account with the 2015 Access Permit. This can be done by going to Update Account on the menu.