Hunting, Fishing, Trapping & Firewood Cutting

 

Prescribed Burning - Fort McCoy
2017 - Ayla fishing Fort
McCoy Swamp Pond with a
dandy Black Crappie

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.

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                                                                                                            usarmy.mccoy.imcom-central.mbx.dpw-permit-sales@mail.mil.

 

Important Notices

Notice: The iSportsman kiosk located at the Hunter Information Point is temporarily out of service due to the recent weather events.  Users who need to use the kiosk to sign-in, please use the sign-in sheets located to the right of the kiosk or call the Permit Sales Office at 608-388-3337 for assistance.

 

2017 Online Applications Now Available for Fall Hunting Permits

Click Here for application information


2016 Deer Harvest Totals

 

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". 

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.

 

Where to Purchase your Fort McCoy Fishing Permit: Any authorized WDNR GoWild vendor or online at https://gowild.wi.gov