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Hunting, Fishing, Trapping & Firewood Cutting

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. 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.


All hunting and fishing activities on Fort McCoy require a Fort McCoy permit. Click here for additional program information.

Please explore the website for more-specific information about regulations, obtaining  permits, Activity Check-in/Check-out etc.

For additional information or for technical difficulties please contact the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337 or e-mail inquiries to                                                                                                  



Important Notices

Today 25 April - Fort McCoy will be conducting prescribed burn today in the northern section of training area B-26 south of the railroad tracks starting at 1000.


Now Available ~ Free iSportsman 2018-2019 Access Pass
ALL iSportsman account users will need to add the 2018-2019 Access Pass to their iSportsman accounts.  The annual Fort McCoy Access Pass is valid from March 1 through February 28 every year.  You will not be able to use the Check-in/Check-out feature until you get the new access pass.

  • Access iSportsman online
  • Click on "My Account" from menu bar
  • Login
  • Choose Free 2018-2019 Access Pass by clicking on Continue. By clicking on Continue the pass will automatically be added to your account. 



Fort McCoy has left-over spring turkey tags for the following seasons:

  • Season E (May 14-18): Qty 52
  • Season F (May 21-25): Qty 24

The left-over spring turkey tags will available starting March 19, 2018 at 10:00AM through the WDNR GoWild system on a first-come-first-served basis. Cost of the spring turkey tags are $13.00 and one tag may be purchase per day. 

Fort McCoy has six spring turkey periods; however, each season runs 5-days in length (Monday – Friday (except period A, which is 3-days (Wednesday - Friday)) which is different from the state season dates. Spring turkey hunting is not allowed on Fort McCoy during the weekends. This is done to minimize conflict with increased military training on the weekends and to provide a 2-day period open for scouting with no disruption to hunters.  The number of Spring Turkey permits available per season is based on training area availability.

Note: Fort McCoy Does Not Offer a Youth Spring Turkey Hunt


Regulations: The 2016 Fort McCoy Hunting Regulations and Maps will be in effect for the 2017 hunting and fishing season. However you must follow the 2017 season dates and times.

Click here for current Hunting Regulations and Maps.


2017 Deer Harvest Results


Lake and Training Area Closures

The Game Line, accessed by calling (866) 277-1597 or online lists hunting areas and lakes that are closed on any particular day. The Game Line listing will be updated by Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security (DPTMS). Fort McCoy reserves the right to update hunting area closures at any time if needed. ALL individuals are required to check the Game Line daily for any changes.  Streams are closed to fishing if the training area it is in is closed.

Note to Anglers: If you are inquiring if a lake is open to fishing, select area "Lakes". 

Check-in/out: ALL users (except those fishing) are required to Sign-in and Sign-out through iSportsman daily when hunting or scouting on Fort McCoy. If the hunter intends to participate in multiple hunting activities on a given day, sign-in should be done for the primary activity. See the specific hunting season regulation for detailed information. Hunters who do not sign-in/sign-out are subject to penalties including revocation of hunting, fishing, trapping and firewood collection privileges.

Reminder: Sign-out each day.

Where to Purchase your Fort McCoy Fishing Permit: Any authorized WDNR GoWild vendor or online at


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