Treerooster wrote:Do you have any idea what the limits might be?
4 in the south zone and 1 or 2 in the north zone. The talk is a hunter would be able to kill a bird in the north and then hunt in the south for the additional birds with 4 being the total spring limit. This would curtail my hunting back.
ticklishtompro wrote:harlie, have you heard what they want to do? Will it just be a set season like the fall or will there be seperate seasons like now. I have mixed feelings about one long season as the competition for spots in the early going would be terrible! I hunt mostly private land but most of those landowners only let one person in per season. I could see all OTC permits but just not sure how this will all work.
There are a lot of different proposals floating around; the turkey committee, various legislators (both parties) and the WDNR turkey division finished public input meetings, closed the online survey on 5/31 and they are studying the gathered data including season schemes from all the other turkey states. Then they will be coming out with their recommendations. So all is in a holding pattern at this point. There will be public meetings on the various proposals late this summer or early fall.
Some things are going to change.
There have been some private hunter surveys done that include hunters who do not currently hunt turkeys showing 60-70% favor an open 4-6 week spring season. Interestingly when only current resident turkey hunters are included less than 10% want the licensing scheme changed.
All of this should not get anyone's hopes up or down. There are tons of proposals floating around. If you are concerned watch for the next round of WDNR public input meetings these will have more concrete proposals. At least those coming from the DNR and NRB. The legislator side could be the wild card if DNR and NRB decide not to open up the licensing. They apparently are getting some pressure directly from their constituents who do not like the current system.
What I have not heard is how the WI NWTF stands with any changes. Next to the WI Bowhunters you think NWTF would have the most clout.