Wisconsin DNR looking to lease private land to increase access for spring turkey hunt



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MADISON, Wisconsin — The state Department of Natural Resources is looking to lease private land in southeastern Wisconsin to give turkey hunters more room to roam this spring.

Under the DNR's pilot Turkey Hunting Access program, leases are good until May 29, 2016. The rates are $5 per acre per year with an upfront lump sum payment from the state. Spring turkey hunters can use the leased land as if it were public from March 1 through May 29.

The program is in place across turkey management zone two, which encompasses much of the southeastern side of the state. The enrollment deadline for a two-year lease is Jan. 30. Leases after that date will last one year.

Agency officials say they've leased about 745 acres so far.

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