Don't Miss Deadlines

While many turkey hunters are blessed with living in areas where birds are plentiful enough to allow the purchase of over-the-counter tags and licenses, there's still a good number of you guys who have to put in for a chance to draw a tag.

A big one is TODAY's Aug. 1 deadline for Wisconsin hunters to get their names in the hat for a chance at a fall tag. Don't sweat it if you didn't pick-up an application, you can go online and apply for a simple $3 fee.

For Badger State hunters, it looks like it should be a good season according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette with a record 90,600 permits available and favorable brood reports coming in from the field. Many hens have been seen with an average brood of six to seven poults courtesy of favorable weather (meaning warm and dry) in the spring. For the first time, second permits will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Sept. 7.

August 1 also marks the deadline for fall applications in Michigan and the end of Florida's acceptance of applications for their special-lottery Wildlife Management Area hunts. Montana's limited draw area deadline is also today.

Other states with upcoming fall application dates include Illinois second drawing deadline of Aug. 21, Massachusetts on Sept. 15, Nevada on Sept. 1 (application availability only, must by postmarked by Sept. 15), Oregon on Sept. 13 for controlled hunt areas and Wyoming on Aug. 15. Tennesse has a Sept. 6 date set for all of its fall quota turkey hunts to be received.