Wisconsin Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018

If you’re looking to bag deer, bear, wolf and turkey, Wisconsin’s hunting seasons are for you. Whether it’s by rifle, bow or muzzleloader, big game are up for the harvest.

Harvest permits and licenses are not available online, but can be purchased at a variety of businesses and locations throughout the state. Resident and nonresident licenses are available; prices vary by residency, season, bag method and special designations.


Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 16-Jan. 7, 2017
Muzzleloader Nov. 27-Dec. 6
Firearms Nov. 18-26
Antlerless Only, Archery & Firearms Dec. 7-10
Youth Hunt Oct. 7-8

*Deer permits are required, only one deer may be harvested per permit. Because of Chronic Wasting Disease, deer harvested in disease management zones are considered “bonus bucks” and can be tagged for free.

Bear Seasons

With Dogs, No Bait Sept. 6-12
With Dogs and Bait Sept. 7-Oct. 3
With Bait, No Dogs Oct. 4-10

*Four bear hunting zones are available, but regulations differ by region. Be sure to visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for clarification on specific regulations.


Wolf Seasons

No Season N/A

*A Federal court decision has led to the re-listing of the gray wolf as an endangered species in Wisconsin and the Western Great Lakes region. For this reason, there is no legal wolf hunting season.


Turkey Seasons

Fall Turkey Sept. 16-Dec. 31*
Spring Turkey Apr. 19-May 30*
Spring Youth Hunt Apr.15-16


*Dates vary by region. For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


Small Game Seasons

Pheasants Oct. 14-Dec. 31
Bobwhite Quail Oct. 14-Dec. 7
Ruffed Grouse Sept. 16-Jan. 31*
Hungarian Partridge Oct. 14-Dec. 31
Crows Sept. 16-Nov. 16
Jan. 18-Mar. 20
Gray/Fox Squirrel Sept. 16-Jan. 31
Cottontail Rabbit Sept. 16-Feb. 28*
Opossum, Skunk, Weasel, Snowshoe Hare Open Season**

*Dates vary by region. For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

**There is no season limit, bag limit, size limit or possession limit, but the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources requires hunters to have a license.

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Wisconsin hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.