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Spring turkey, bear hunting application deadlines Dec. 10

Dec. 10 is the last day to apply for a permit for the 2008 Wisconsin spring turkey and bear hunting seasons.

2008 spring turkey season

Preliminary turkey permit levels are set at 211,425 total permits. This spring, hunters will be allowed until sunset.

The spring turkey season begins April 16 and consists of six, 5-day time periods that end on May 25. There is a $3 permit application fee.

Successful spring permit winners will receive a postcard by early February notifying them of the zone and time period they have drawn. Permits will be available at license vendor beginning March 10, 2008.

The youth turkey hunt will be held on April 12-13 for ages 12-15 (residents and nonresidents) who possess a hunter education certificate of accomplishment and a spring turkey license, stamp, and a valid permit (carcass tag).

Free turkey hunter education clinics will again be offered statewide February through April. Information on where clinics will be held will be available on the DNR's turkey hunting Web pages in early January, at DNR Service Centers, or by calling (608) 261-8458. Additional clinics may be added after the initial listing.

2008 bear harvest applications

The 2008 bear hunting season will run Sept. 3-Oct. 7. For the 2008 bear season, Subzone A1 has been renamed to Zone D. With this change, Zone A permit holders will no longer be able to cross over into Subzone A1, now Zone D.

The opening week of Wisconsin's bear hunting season alternates between those hunting bear over bait and those hunting with trailing hounds. Hunting over bait will go first in 2008 in all management zones. Hunters using trailing hounds will have the first week of the season again in 2009.

Permits available at license outlets, DNR service centers, on-line or by phone

Hunters can apply for either the 2008 spring turkey permits and 2008 bear harvest permits over the Internet through the Online Licensing Center; at DNR service centers, at all license sales locations or by calling toll-free (877) 945-4236.