Welcome to the Fort McCoy iSportsman System


Hunting, Fishing, Trapping & Firewood Cutting

Welcome to Fort McCoy.  Do you enjoy the outdoors?

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 downed 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 30 consecutive days. 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.

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








Click the Regulations tab on top of this page for regulations, maps, and additional information.


Fishing Notes:  Unless otherwise posted, fishing, including trout, is permitted on all lakes and ponds from the first Saturday in May through the first Sunday in March. The North Flowage and Lost Lake are open for panfish all year. Fishing on streams is permitted from the first Saturday in May through 15 October. Fort McCoy streams will be open for the early catch and release trout season as explained in the Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations and Guide. The early inland trout season runs from 5 a.m. on the first Saturday in January (January 4, 2020) through the Friday preceding the first Saturday in May (May 1, 2020). Anglers are not required to Check-in/Check-out when fishing.  Chack Game Line daily.



Now Available - 2020 Spring Turkey Permit Applications: Hunters are able to apply either for a Ft McCoy Spring Turkey permit OR a Wisconsin State permit.  Cannot apply for both.  Wisconsin State Spring Turkey Applications are due December 10th, 2019.  Ft McCoy online spring turkey applications will be available January 6, 2020. There is no cost to apply. Permit applications must be submitted through your iSportsman account. Deadline to apply February 25, 2020.

See Hunting Application Info under the Program Info tab from the main menu on how to apply for a permit.

2020 Ft McCoy Spring Turkey Season Dates:

  • Season A: April 15-17
  • Season B: April 20-24
  • Season C: April 27-May 1
  • Season D: May 4-8
  • Season E: May 11-15
  • Season F: May 18-22

Reminder: Spring Turkey hunting on Ft McCoy is not allowed on weekends. See 2020 Spring Turkey Info in menu bar for additional information.


Attention Hunters Your Ft McCoy permit authorizes your harvest on Ft McCoy. You will not use your state issued harvest authorizations on Ft McCoy. You are eligible to use your state DNR harvest authorizations/tags outside of Ft McCoy.  Please see season date information is located under the Hunting Info tab in Program Info.

Deer/Turkey Registration and Reporting: Ft McCoy has established online and phone-in registration for the Archery/ Fall Turkey season through the Ft McCoy iSportsman system. Ft McCoy hunters are required to report/register their harvest during the iSportsman check-out process. Hunters may be asked to provide a confirmation number by state law enforcement or meat processors, the confirmation number will NOT be provided during the check-out process and is the hunters’ responsibility to create the confirmation number. The confirmation number will be made up of the hunters six digit Ft McCoy permit number (XXXXXX) and six digit date of harvest/registration (MMDDYY). The confirmation number will be 12 digits long and in the format described above (XXXXXX-MMDDYY). Once your Fort McCoy harvest is reported through iSportsman your registration is complete and there is NO Requirement to also report your harvest through the WNDR registration system.


Click here for Fort McCoy Activity Information Card


Explore this web site by clicking on the Program Info tab in the menu bar for additional fishing and hunting permit and season information.

 Click hereClickCheck the Game Line: 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 open to fishing if the training area is closed. If troops are present, find another stream or section of stream to fish. There is no fishing in the North Impact Area.







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