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.
|Archery||Sept. 16-Jan. 7, 2017|
|Muzzleloader||Nov. 27-Dec. 6|
|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.
|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.
*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.
|Fall Turkey||Sept. 16-Dec. 31*|
|Spring Turkey||Apr. 19-May 30*|
|Spring Youth Hunt||Apr.15-16|
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.