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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.

February 28

  • Cottontail rabbit season closes in northern and southern zones.*
  • Mink trapping season closes in the northern, southern and Mississippi zones.*

March 1

  • The fishing season for all game species closes on inland waters that do not remain open all year. Check the current fishing regulations for waters that remain open to fishing.
  • Lake Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Season closes unless season closes early due to harvest caps being reached.
  • Ice fishing shelters must be removed from Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.*
  • Lake trout season opens on Lake Michigan, Green Bay & Lake Michigan tributaries through Oct. 31.*

March 7

  • Early catch-and-release only trout season opens statewide, with exception of spring ponds and Great Lakes tributaries; artificial bait only, but barbless hooks no longer required. Season runs to midnight April 26.

* 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: Monday February 23 2015