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:

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


2014 Spring Turkey Season

A limited number of Spring Turkey permits are still available for seasons D, E, and F.

PLEASE NOTE: Individuals that have already recieved a 2014 Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Permit or have been selected for a WI DNR Turkey Zone permit in 2014 are not eligible for additional/leftover Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Permits.

 Permits will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The application can be found under Hunting Applications.


2014 Fall Hunt Applications Are Available

Application deadline is June 13,  2014

The application can be found under Hunting Applications