By Gary Ridderbusch
Wild turkey hunters have until next Tuesday, Dec. 10, to apply for available permits for the 2014 hunting season, with preliminary permit levels set at the same level as in 2013.
Final permit levels are not set until after the close of the fall turkey season, but will likely not differ significantly from preliminary permit levels, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
For Zone 7 in this area, 3,600 permits were available for the 2013 hunt — with 3,216 issued through the preference drawing and 382 issued over the counter. In the spring of 2013, hunter success rate for Zone 7 was 12.4% compared to the statewide succuss rate of 17.9%.
Zone 7 includes all of Vilas and Iron counties,