Officials remind hunters, others permits now purchased through iSportsman at Fort McCoy

Since March, all Fort McCoy hunting, fishing, and trapping permits are sold exclusively through the Fort McCoy iSportsman automated website at and are no longer offered through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) GoWild system. Fort McCoy permits are available through a person’s iSportsman account and must be purchased online using a credit or debit card.

Personnel may also visit the Permit Sales Office at building 2168 for assistance in purchasing permits via the iSportsman system. Permit Sales can take cash as well as credit or debit cards; no checks or money orders will be accepted.

Those who have not used iSportsman will first need to register at prior to purchasing any permits.

This is a one-time registration. If the account holder has forgotten his or her username/permit number or password/PIN, he or she can select the “Forgot Password” or “Forgot Username” under “My Account” in iSportsman. An email will be sent to the address the user provided in their account. They can also contact the Fort McCoy Permit Sales Office during business hours to get it reset.

Once an account has been created, the customer can log in and select “Acquire Permit(s)” to view available permits and applications. Select the desired permit or permit application by clicking “Add to Cart.”

Follow the permit or application prompts and then click “Save.”

To purchase permits, select “View Cart and Checkout,” follow the prompts for payment, and confirm the order. Once payment is received, permits will be posted to the iSportsman account. Fort McCoy permits are not transferable or refundable.

Fort McCoy permit holders are also required to obtain the appropriate Wisconsin hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses and stamps before participating in these activities on the installation. Wisconsin licenses and stamps can be purchased online at or through a license sales agent.

All permit holders are currently required to use iSportsman to check-in and out daily when participating in activities on the installation by calling iSportsman at 866-277-1597, visiting, or through the kiosk located at the Hunter Information Point. The Hunter Information Point is located at the intersection of South J Street and Highway 21 and will be open for all hunting/fishing/trapping seasons.

In addition to the specific activity permit (both Fort McCoy and Wisconsin), all users must also have a valid annual Access Pass.

The free Fort McCoy Access Pass can be obtained through iSportsman when logging in to the account for the first time after March 1 annually.
If the account holder does not have a valid Access Pass, iSportsman will automatically prompt him or her to select the Access Pass. The pass is valid March 1 through Feb. 28.

The annual Fort McCoy Access Pass serves as the permit for nonhunting/nonfishing recreational activities outlined in the regulation. The iSportsman system will not allow check-in for any activity if an individual does not have the current Fort McCoy Access Pass.

Recreational participants/permit holders must ensure that the training areas and/or lakes they plan to use are open for that day by checking the Game Line daily through the iSportsman system.

If using the website, click on “Game Line” on the blue menu bar. Visitors also may call 866-277-1597 and listen for Game Line prompts. The Game Line works in conjunction with the hunting and fishing maps.

To review rules, regulations, and maps, go to and select “Regulations” from the menu bar.

Fort McCoy permits for turkey and deer hunting seasons include the required carcass tag/harvest authorization for that permit. WDNR carcass tags/harvest authorizations are not valid on Fort McCoy. Harvest reporting also is completed at Fort McCoy during the hunter check-out process.

Deer and turkey taken at Fort McCoy will no longer need to be registered with the WDNR. Fort McCoy will provide all harvest information to the WDNR at the end of each season.

Details on the registration process and harvest confirmation will be provided to permit holders at time of purchase.

Fort McCoy daily and 30-day firewood permits are also available for purchase through the iSportsman system.

Additional information can be found on iSportsman by selecting “Program Info” and “Firewood.”

For more information about permits or area access, contact the Permit Sales Office by phone at 608-388-3337; by email at; or by mail at Directorate of Public Works, (IMMC-PWE-N/Permit Sales), 2171 South 8th Avenue, Fort McCoy, WI 54656-5136.

(Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division Natural Resources Branch.)

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