Hunting, Fishing, Trapping & Firewood Cutting


Clear Creek - 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.

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


Results: Spring Turkey Permits   The 2017 Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Permit drawing results have been posted to your iSportsman account.  You may purchase your awarded Fort McCoy Spring Turkey Permit after March 10th through the WDNR GoWild Licensing system.

Leftover Spring Turkey Tags:  Fort MCCoy will have a limited number of spring turkey tags ($13.00) available through the WDNR GoWild licensing system starting March 20th on a first come basis.

Time period:

  • Season E (May 15-19, 2017) = 20 Leftover
  • Season F (May22-26, 2017) = 73 Leftover

Contact the Permit Sales Office with any questions. (608) 388-3337

2016 Deer Harvest Totals


Warning: Ice Conditions

Please use extreme caution.  Due to warming temperatures, ice conditions are rapidly deteriorating and may not be suitable for access. If anglers choose to venture onto the ice, they should use extreme caution and fish at their own risk. 

Vehicles, ATVs, and snowmobiles are not permitted on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers or streams. Ice shanties can be used on lakes, but must be removed daily.

All persons fishing on Fort McCoy are required to have a Fort McCoy Fishing Permit  and appropriate Wisconsin Fishing license. See fishing regulations under Program Info tab for additional information. 

 Click here for Ice Safety Tips

→ Click here for Fort McCoy fishing regulations and map.


Current hunting activities on Fort McCoy

Small Game (Ends 28 February, 2017)

Trapping (Ends 31 March, 2017)

All activities require a Fort McCoy permit.


Fort McCoy fishing, small game, and regular archery permits may be purchased through any authorized WDNR GoWild vendor or online at  All other Fort McCoy hunting permits are by application and drawing process.  Contact the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office (608) 388-3337 for availability. Or Click Here for season and application dates.


Training Area Closures

The Game Line, accessed by calling (866) 277-1597 or online at, 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.


Sign-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.


How do I purchase my Awarded Fort McCoy Permit in the WDNR GoWild Licensing System? (Click here)

Where to Purchase:  Any authorized WDNR GoWild vendor or online at


Click here for 2016 Trout Fishing Regulation Updates


Attention: The 2016-2017 Fort McCoy iSportsman access permit can now be renewed online free of charge.  Please go to the “My Account” tab on the website and then log yourself into your account.  Once logged in, go to the “Available Permits” tab and the 2016 Access Pass will be available to select. Add your permit to your "Cart" and complete the checkout process in order for the permit to be added to your account.