Fort McCoy Natural Resource Branch

Hunters are reminded to register their firearms well in advance of their season starting. Firearm Registration is Required Click Here

Firearms or crossbows are not allowed into the Cantonment Area


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                                                                                                  





Free Fishing Weekend - January 19-20, 2019

Fish Fort McCoy without a Fort McCoy fishing permit, state fishing license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend January 19-20. All other Fort McCoy regulations do apply such as bag and size limits.  Click here for Fort McCoy fishing regulations.

2019 Ft McCoy Spring Turkey: Applications for the 2019 spring turkey season will be available mid to late January through your iSportsman account. 

Individuals must choose between applying for a Ft McCoy spring turkey or for a State of Wisconsin spring turkey permit. State spring turkey applications are due December 10th.  Season Dates: The Spring Turkey seasons on Fort McCoy consists of six separate hunting periods, commencing on the opening day of the Wisconsin Spring Turkey season. The first period consists of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and the following five weekly periods are Monday - Friday. Spring turkey hunting is not allowed on weekends. Fort McCoy does not offer a Youth Turkey Hunt Season, as it falls on a weekend.

  • Season A — April 17 - 19
  • Season B — April 22 - 26
  • Season C — April 29 - May 3
  • Season D — May 6 - 10
  • Season E — May 13 - 17
  • Season F — May 20 - 24

Hunters are reminded to register their firearms with Ft McCoy Law Enforcement well in advance of their season starting.

Hunting and Fishing Regulations/Maps: Fort McCoy has released new Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Regulations (Regulation 420-29). Please go to the regulation tab or click here to view new regulations and maps.  


Activity Information Card: All recreational participants/permit holders are required to display an information card on the passenger side of the windshield/dash with the following information: Permit holder's full name (if there is more than one permit holder per vehicle, the names of all permit holders will be noted), activity (Spring Turkey, Fishing, Cantonment Archery, Archery, Gun-Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities, Gun-Deer, Small Game, Fall Turkey, Trapping, Scouting, berry picking, bird watching, etc.), personal cell phone number and two emergency contact phone numbers for each permit holder in the vehicle. Click here for template.


2017 Deer Harvest Results

2018 Deer Harvest Results Coming Soon


 Click hereClickLake 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.

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


Check-in/out of iSportsman: ALL users are required to Check-in/Check-out through the Fort McCoy iSportsman system daily when hunting, fishing, scouting, or participating in a non-fishing/non-hunting activity on Fort McCoy. You must have registered (created an account) online prior to using the Check-in/Check-out system. See the specific hunting season regulation for detailed information. Hunters who do not Check-in/Check-out are subject to penalties including revocation of hunting, fishing, trapping and firewood collection privileges.


Reminder: Sign-out each day and record any harvests




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