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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


Caution: Icy Conditions                        Due to the inclement weather, please take extra precautions when traveling on the installation due to the icy conditions. In addition to the ICE coating ALL surfaces, we are experiencing localized flooding in multiple areas across the Installation.  Expect all roadways, parking areas, and walkways to be covered in ice throughout the day and into Wednesday.



2018 Spring Turkey Application Now Closed

Fort McCoy online spring turkey application is now closed. The drawing for spring turkey permits is expected to take place the week of 22 February.  Results will be emailed and posted to your iSportsman account under the Lottery tab by 26 February. Keep checking back for additional information.  Click here for additional Spring Turkey information.

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.

2018 Time Periods:

  • A: April 18-20
  • B: April 23-27
  • C: April 30-May 4
  • D: May 7-11 
  • E: May 14-18
  • F: May 21-25

*Fort McCoy Does Not Offer a Youth Spring Turkey Hunt


Ice Fishing Safety Tips Click here

Fort McCoy does not monitor ice conditions or the thickness of the ice so be sure to check ice conditions before heading out.

Anglers may fish through the ice on all lakes at their own risk. Vehicles, ATVs, and snowmobiles are not permitted on Fort McCoy frozen lakes, ponds, rivers or streams. Ice shanties can be used on lakes, but must be removed at the end of the each day.


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 2016 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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