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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.

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. *

December 1

  • Muzzleloader deer season opens, through Dec. 10.
  • Fall turkey season extension opens in zones 1-5, through Dec. 31.

December 7

  • Lake trout season on Lake Superior opens, through Sept. 30.*
  • Southern and Mississippi River zone duck seasons close.

December 8

  • Ruffed grouse season closes in the zone B.*

December 10

  • Muzzleloader deer season closes.
  • Spring turkey permit application deadline.*
  • Application deadline for bear hunting kill permit.*
  • Bobwhite quail season closes.

December 11-14

  • Antlerless-only firearm hunt in Central Forest and Central Farmland Zones.

December 16

  • Canada goose seasons close in the North Exterior Zone.
  • Horicon zone Canada goose hunting periods 2 closes.

December 21

  • Canada goose seasons close in the South Exterior Zone.

December 24

  • Southern Farmland Zone holiday hunt through Jan. 1 (Bonus buck opportunities).

December 25

  • Bobcat hunting and trapping season closes in Period 1.

December 26

  • Period 2 hunting and trapping season for bobcat north of Hwy. 64 through Jan. 31.

December 31

  • Pheasant season closes.*
  • Fall turkey season extension in zones 1-5 closes.
  • Hungarian partridge season closes.*
  • Fisher trapping season closes.*
  • Frog season closes.*

January 1

  • Southern Farmland Zone holiday hunt closes.

January 4

  • Late archery deer season closes.

January 8

  • Mississippi River zone goose season closes.

January 25

  • Winter crow season opens, through March 20.

January 31

  • Squirrel season closes.*
  • Ruffed grouse seasons closes in zone A (northern zone).*
  • Bobcat hunting and trapping season Period 2 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: Wednesday November 19 2014