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Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters AreaHunting

The diverse topography, vegetative cover and water resources of the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area offer a wide variety of hunting and trapping opportunities. Deer, bear, ruffed grouse, woodcock, turkey, snowshoe hare, raccoon, coyote, bobcat, red fox, mink, beaver, otter, fisher, muskrat, and a variety of waterfowl call the area home.

The property includes two special wildlife management units.

ruffed grouse
DNR Photo

The Deadhorse Ruffed Grouse Management Demonstration Area is intensively managed in cooperation with the Ruffed Grouse Society to enhance habitat for ruffed grouse. The emphasis is to provide a variety of habitat types of various age classes. Managing for ruffed grouse entails maintaining a relatively young, highly productive forest as well as encouraging mast (acorns) and berry crops.

The Little Turtle Waterfowl Management Area encompasses the Little Turtle Flowage where maintaining breeding and nesting habitat for waterfowl is emphasized. The open grasslands and wetlands help protect nesting waterfowl from predators.

There are twenty-four miles of designated hunter walking trails at four locations. Trails are mowed approximately once every two years to maintain the grass and clover for wildlife and to provide hunter access.

Hunting Regulations/Rules

All general hunting and trapping regulations apply within the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area, but you should take special note of the following regulations before hunting or trapping on this or other state properties.

It is illegal to:

  • Hunt or possess a loaded or uncased firearm or bow within 100 yards of any campsite.
  • Build or use any elevated devise or ground blind unless it does not damage any trees and it is completely removed from the property each day at the close of hunting hours.
  • Hunt from any ground blind unless at least 144 square inches of solid blaze orange is displayed on all sides.
  • Leave any ground blind or elevated devise unattended unless it is identified with your DNR customer I.D. number or your name and address. It is important to note that it is still not legal to leave tree stands or ground blinds (except for waterfowl blinds) over night on DNR lands.
  • Damage any trees or shrubbery. NOTE: The cutting of shooting lanes and the use of screw-in tree stands or steps are considered damaging and are illegal.
  • Operate any ATV's or snowmobiles on state lands except on designated trails posted open to their use. NOTE: There are no designated ATV trails on the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area.

The Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area is located in Deer Management Unit 29A, Bear Zone A, Fisher Zone B, Turkey Zone 7 and the Northern Zones for Otter and Waterfowl.

Other Considerations

Many areas of private land lie scattered within the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area. Care should be taken to stay on state-owned land and not trespass on adjacent lands without the permission of the landowner. Maps showing the location of public and private land within the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area are available at the Mercer Ranger Station and also in map boxes located at a number of boat access sites and trail heads throughout the property.

hunter with dog
DNR Photo

Most trail access points are gated. Please do not park in front of gates. Access to these gated trails is needed for emergency rescue activities, fire suppression, and forest management operations.

Because the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area is used by many other recreationists, hunters should be especially aware of gun safety and his/her conduct while hunting. Hunting near any trail while it is being used by hikers, bikers, and skiers is discouraged. The most heavily used trails are the MECCA Ski Trail and the Hidden Rivers Nature Trail.

Last revised: Friday August 24 2012