Regional Reports-Midwest

Kettle Moraine State Forest

Milwaukee-area hunters can find excellent turkey hunting close to home in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The 22,000-acre South Unit and the 29,000-acre North Unit are within convenient driving distance of the metropolitan Milwaukee area. And both units feature excellent numbers of turkeys. Reintroduced to the forest about a decade ago, wild turkeys have flourished on the rolling hardwood hills of the Kettle Moraine. Turkey densities in the forest are similar to those in turkey-rich southwestern Wisconsin. Last spring, 25 percent of South Unit hunters and 32 percent of North Unit hunters went home with a gobbler. The odds of obtaining a hunting permit are good. For the 2000 spring hunt, there were 1,936 applications for the 1,650 permits issued in the South Unit and 2,158 applications for the 1,350 permits issued in the North Unit. Contact: Kettle Moraine State Forest, South Unit (262-594-6200); North Unit (262-626-2116).