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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 15, 16, 17 & 18

  • Bonus unit-specific antlerless deer tags for regular deer management units with a quota go on sale at 10 a.m. Tags can be purchased at the rate of one permit, per person, per day until the unit is sold out or the hunting season ends.

August 23

  • Deadline for successful applicants to transfer Class A Bear License to a youth hunter. [http://dnr.wi.gov/permits/permittransfers.html]

August 27

  • 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 teal season through Sept. 7
    • Early September Canada goose hunting season open in designated areas through Sept. 15.
    • Mourning dove hunting season opens through Nov. 29.
    • Wild ginseng season opens; through Nov. 1.*
    • Deadline for hunters with disabilities to apply to participate in a sponsored hunt.

    September 3

    • Hook-and-line lake sturgeon season opens on designated waters through Sept. 30. See current Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations.

    September 7

    • Black bear hunting season opens. Runs through Oct. 11. See current black bear hunting regulations for zone and hunting method specific dates.

    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. 9. Season reopens in the South Zone Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 21.
    • Horicon Zone Canada goose opens runs through Dec. 16.

    September 17

    • Fall turkey hunting season opens through Dec. 31 in Zones 1-5 through Nov. 18 in Zones 6-7.
    • Archery and crossbow deer season opens through Jan. 8, 2016.
    • Ruffed grouse season opens in the Zone A through Jan. 31. (Zone B opens Oct. 15 - 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. 17.

    September 17-18

    • 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 24

    • Woodcock season opens through Nov. 7.
    • Duck season opens in the Northern Zone through Nov. 22.

    September 30

    • 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.*

    * 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 August 15 2016