Fort McCoy offers hunting, fishing, and trapping opportunities to military (active and retired) and their dependents, government employees, and the general public. All participants must have the appropriate Fort McCoy permit and State of Wisconsin licenses before they are allowed to hunt, fish, or trap on Fort McCoy.

This is a photo of a deer on Fort McCoy

Revenue generated from the sale of hunting, fishing, and trapping permits is used for the management of fish and wildlife habitat and populations on Fort McCoy.

Much of Fort McCoy's 60,000 acres is naturally well-suited for wildlife habitat. The majority of the land on Fort McCoy is divided into 82 training areas totaling 45,648 acres, which are available for hunting. Harvest and biological data is collected to monitor wildlife populations and wildlife health.

Fort McCoy has 10 installation lakes and impoundments and approximately 71.2 miles of coldwater streams and tributaries. The majority of the streams are Class I trout water maintaining naturally reproducing brook and brown trout. The impoundments on Fort McCoy coldwater streams provide a variety of uses for recreation, military training, and habitat for fish and wildlife.

Firewood cutting is allowed on Fort McCoy to help remove dead and down wood from the training areas. Two permit categories are available; the daily permit costs $10 and allows cutting and hauling firewood for one calendar day, the monthly permit costs $50 and allows cutting and hauling firewood for one calendar month. Income generated through firewood permit sales is deposited into a Department of Army account and used to fund forest management activities.

i-Sportsman Automated System

Hunters must register online at iSportsman with the i-Sportsman automated system before you can use the "Sign-In" process to hunt. I-Sportsman registration must be completed online. You will not be able complete the registration by telephone. Click the following link to access instructions on how to register in i-Sportsman automated system. Instructions for registering in i-Sportsman.

The i-Sportsman automated system provides hunters with the ability to use either the Internet, a telephone (land line, cell phone, or Smartphone), or an on-site kiosk to sign-in to the hunting areas, access Game Line updates, and update personal information.

Access to i-Sportsman can be done by calling (866) 277-1597 or online at . The kiosk is located at the South Hunter Information Point located on the hunting maps. The WDNR Customer Number will serve as your Fort McCoy customer identifier through i-Sportsman and must be used when signing in to a hunting area.

Firearm registration

All firearms must be registered with the Police Department. State-issued concealed-carry permits, sometimes referred to as CCWs, are not valid on Fort McCoy. The registration form is available by clicking here and must be sent directly to or dropped off in person at the Visitor Control Center or Fort McCoy Police Department.

For additional information regarding firearms, see Fort McCoy Regulation 190-11.

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