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MADISON — For hunters looking to take part in next spring’s turkey season, finding available land can be difficult. A new Department of Natural Resources program known as the Turkey Hunting Access Program, “THAP,” is aimed at making that easier.
“Both landowners and hunters can benefit from this pilot program aimed at opening new hunting lands for the spring turkey season,” said Justin Blindert, DNR turkey hunting access coordinator.
THAP provides financial incentives to private landowners who open their land to the public for spring turkey hunting.
Priority will be given to properties greater than 40 acres with at least 50 percent forest cover. Land directly adjacent to public land, or land enrolled in the Voluntary Public Access Program, is not eligible. Land enrolled in other conservation programs such as Conservation Reserve Program, Wetland Reserve Program, or Managed Forest Law may be eligible for enrollment.
Spring turkey hunting, is the only activity allowed on THAP properties. Lands will be open for public use from March 1 through May 29 for legal spring turkey hunting and scouting. Turkey stamp funds are used to implement this program through 2014-2015.
For more information, contact your local DNR wildlife biologist or call Turkey Hunting Access Program Coordinator Justin Blindert at 262-224-9884.