Wis. DNR issues 135K turkey permits in drawing

CREATED Jan. 17, 2013

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  • A trio of wild turkeys forage in the deep snow near Maple Ave. in Sussex on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Image by Scott Ash

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources has issued more than 135,000 spring turkey permits through its annual lottery.

DNR officials say 135,155 applicants won a permit. The agency will make another 99,610 permits available through over-the-counter sales in March.

The spring turkey season will from April 10 through May 21. The season will be divided into six seven-day periods across seven zones.

Hunters killed 42,433 turkeys during the 2012 spring season.