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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.

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.
  • 2014 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.*

November 1

  • Wild ginseng season closes.*

November 2

  • Period 1 Horicon Zone Canada goose closes.
  • Beaver trapping season opens in the northwest zone (A), northeast zone (B) through April 30 and in the southern zone (C) through March 31.
  • Otter trapping season opens in all zones and runs through April 30 in the North zone and through March 31 in the Central zone and South zone.
  • Non resident raccoon season opens through Feb. 15.

November 3

  • Period 2 Horicon Zone Canada goose runs through Dec. 16.
  • Woodcock season closes.

November 9

  • Mourning dove season closes.*

November 15

  • Trout and salmon fishing closes on downstream section of Lake Superior tributaries that remained open after Sept. 30. (see current trout fishing regulations for stream sections).*

November 20

  • Fall turkey hunting season closes. Fall turkey season extension reopens in zones 1-5, on Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 31.
  • Fall crow season closes.

November 22

  • Regular gun deer season open through Nov. 30.

November 25

  • Duck season closes in the north zone.

November 30

  • Regular gun deer season closes.
  • Muskellunge season closes.*
  • Turtle season closes. *

* 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: Tuesday October 14 2014