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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.

March 29

  • Trout season opens on designated sections of some Lake Superior tributaries on the last Saturday in March.  See the current Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations and Guide for more information.

March 31

  • Hunting, fishing, sports, and conservation patron licenses expire.*
  • Otter trapping season closes in central and southern zone.

April 12-13

  • Youth turkey hunt.

April 14

April 15 through July 31

  • It is illegal to allow dogs to run on DNR lands and Federal Waterfowl Production Areas lands during this time unless the dog is on a leash no longer than 8 feet.  Doe not apply to class 1 field trial grounds or DNR lands open to dog training.*

April 16 – 22

  • Spring turkey hunting period A

April 23 – 29

  • Spring turkey hunting period B

April 27

  • Early catch-and-release only trout season closes at midnight.  Season is artificial bait, barbless-hook only.

April 30

  • The yellow perch season closes on Lake Michigan and tributaries.  The season reopens June 16.*
  • Otter trapping season closes in the North zone.*

April 30 – May

  • Spring turkey hunting period C
Last revised: Tuesday March 25 2014