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Season and permit deadlines

A calendar of upcoming hunting, trapping and fishing seasons and permit application deadlines.

* Indicates date remains the same each year, except some permit deadlines may be extended one day if they fall on a Sunday or Federal Holiday.

August 23

  • Fall wild turkey harvest permits remaining after the drawing will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Turkey permit availability will be posted on the wild turkey page of the DNR Web site.

August 31

  • Bear dog training by pursuing bear closes.  It is illegal to train dogs from April 15 through July 31 on DNR lands, unless dogs are on a leash no longer than 8 feet, except for Class 1 field trail grounds or for bear dog training on DNR lands other than state parks after July 1.*

September 1

  • Early September Canada goose hunting season open in designated areas through Sept. 15.  The season is open to all hunters who possess an Early September Canada Goose Hunting Permit.  Hunters can purchase their permit for $3 from DNR offices and many license vendors through the last day of the season.
  • Mourning dove hunting season opens through Nov. 9.*
  • Wild ginseng season opens; through Nov. 1.*
  • Deadline for hunters with disabilities to apply to participate in a sponsored hunt.

September 3

  • Black bear hunting season opens.  Runs through Oct. 7.  See current black bear hunting regulations for zone and hunting method specific dates.

September 6

  • Hook-and-line lake sturgeon season opens on designated waters through Sept. 30. 

September 13

  • Fall turkey hunting season opens through Nov. 20. Zones 1-5 reopen Dec. 2-31.
  • Archery and crossbow deer season opens through Jan. 4, 2015.
  • Ruffed grouse season opens in the Zone A through Jan. 31.  (Zone B opens Oct. 19 - Dec. 8.)
  • Cottontail rabbit season opens in the northern zone, runs through Feb. 28.
  • Gray and fox squirrel season opens, runs through Jan. 31.
  • Fall crow season opens, runs through Nov. 20.

September 15

  • Early September Canada goose hunting season closes.*

September 16

  • Canada goose season opens in the North Exterior Zone and runs through Dec. 16.
  • Canada goose season opens in the South Exterior Zone and runs through Oct. 12. Season reopens in the South Zone Oct. 18 and runs through Dec. 21.
  • Period 1 Horicon Zone Canada goose opens runs through Nov. 2.

September 20-21

  • Special two-day waterfowl duck hunt. Open to youth 10 to 15 years of age who are hunter safety certified or participating in a mentored hunt; all other state license requirements are waived except for HIP registration and Canada goose permit requirements; youths must be accompanied by adult. The bag limit and tag requirements apply for the respective zone. These days overlap with open goose season in most zones so adults will also be able to shoot geese but not duck during the youth hunt.

September 27

  • Duck season opens in the Northern Zone through Nov. 25.
  • Duck season opens in the Mississippi River Zone and runs through Oct. 5. Season reopens Oct. 18 and runs through Dec. 7.
  • Canada goose season opens in the Mississippi River Subzone and runs through Oct.5. Season reopens Oct. 18 and runs through Jan. 8.

September 30

  • Woodcock season opens through Nov. 3.
  • Trout season closes on inland waters and on rivers flowing into Lake Superior from their mouths to the first impassable permanent barrier (unless listed otherwise in trout regulations).*
  • Lake trout season on Lake Superior closes.*
  • Hook-and-line sturgeon season closes on inland waters.
  • Set or bank pole and setline fishing season on specified waters in the Wolf and Fox river basins closes. Check the current Setline, Set or Bank Pole Regulations for open waters.*

October 4

  • Duck season opens in the South Exterior Zone and runs through Oct. 12. Season reopens Oct. 18 and runs through Dec. 7.

October 5

  • Duck season closes in the Mississippi River zone; reopens Oct. 18 and runs through Dec. 7.
  • Canada goose season closes in the Mississippi River subzone. Season reopens Oct. 18 and runs through Jan. 8.

October 7

  • Black bear season closes. See current Wisconsin Bear Hunting Regulations for specific season dates and zones.

October 11-12

  • Youth deer hunt. Youth hunters ages 12 to 15 who have successfully completed a hunter education program and possess a gun deer hunting license may participate in this hunt. In addition, hunters ages 10 and 11, and youth 12 through 15 who have not completed hunter safety, can participate in the youth hunt with a hunt with a mentor license. Qualified hunters may harvest one buck deer on their gun buck deer carcass tag and additional antlerless deer with the appropriate carcass tag. Adults accompanying the youth may not gun deer and cannot accompany more than two youths. All hunting regulations apply, including blaze orange clothing requirements. Archery hunting remains open but archers must wear blaze orange. See regulations for additional requirements.

October 12

  • Duck season closes in the southern zone; reopens Oct. 18 through Dec. 7.
  • Canada goose season closes in the south exterior zone. Season reopens Oct. 18 and runs through Dec. 21.

October 4-12

  • Special deer hunt open to people with disabilities who have a disabled hunting permit. The hunts are held by landowners who have agreed to sponsor the hunters on their property. Hunters must have registered to participate at a designated sponsor location by Sept. 1.

October 18

  • Duck season in the southern and Mississippi River zones reopens through Dec. 7.
  • Canada goose season in the south exterior zone and Mississippi River subzone reopens through Dec. 21 in the southern zone and Jan. 8 in the Mississippi River zone.
  • Pheasant season opens at noon; runs through Dec. 31.
  • Ruffed grouse in the zone B opens through Dec. 8.
  • 2013 sharp-tailed grouse season suspended.
  • Bobwhite quail season opens at noon through Dec. 10.
  • Hungarian partridge season opens at noon through Dec. 31 (closed in Clark Marathon and Taylor counties).
  • Cottontail rabbit opens in southern zone at noon through Feb. 28.
  • Raccoon gun and trapping for state residents opens through Feb. 15.
  • Red and gray fox hunting and trapping opens through Feb. 15.
  • Coyote trapping season opens through Feb. 15.
  • Fisher trapping season opens in various zones, through Dec. 31.
  • Period 1 hunting and trapping season for bobcat north of Hwy. 64 through Dec. 25.

October 25

  • Muskrat season in the north, south and Winnebago zones opens through March 8.
  • Mink season in the north, south and Winnebago zones opens through March 8.
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October 31

  • Lake trout season closes on waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan and their tributaries.*
  • Deadline to purchase Lake Winnebago system sturgeon spearing licenses.*

* Indicates date remains the same each year, except some permit deadlines may be extended one day if they fall on a Sunday or Federal Holiday.

Last revised: Thursday August 28 2014