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Contact information
For information on hunting season dates and deadlines, contact:
DNR Customer Service
Toll Free 1-888-WDNRINFo
(1-888-936-7463)

Season dates and application deadlines

Deer

2014 seasons
Archery and Crossbow Sept. 13 - Jan. 4, 2015
Youth deer hunt Oct. 11 - 12
Gun Nov. 22 - 30
Muzzleloader Dec. 1 - Dec. 10
Central Forest and Central Farmland Zone antlerless hunt Dec. 11 - 14
Southern Farmland Zone holiday hunt Dec. 24 - Jan. 1, 2015
Gun hunt for hunters with disabilities Oct. 4 - 12
All dates are subject to change through a rule making or a legislative process. Please check the 2014 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations for a complete set of dates and unit designations.

Bear

Application deadline for bear permits is always December 10.

2014 seasons
Zone C where dogs are not permitted
Sept. 3 - Oct. 7
  • with aid of bait
  • with all other legal methods not utilizing dogs
All other zones where dogs are permitted
Sept. 3 - 9
  • with aid of bait
  • with all other legal methods not utilizing dogs
Sept. 10 - 30
  • with aid of dogs
  • with aid of bait
  • with all other legal methods
Oct. 1 - 7
  • with aid of dogs only
Check the bear hunting regulations for a complete set of rules.

Migratory birds

2014 seasons
Early goose season Statewide Sept. 1 - 15
Woodcock Statewide Sept. 20 - Nov. 3
Mourning dove Statewide Sept. 1 - Nov. 29
Check the migratory game bird regulations for a complete set of rules.

Wild turkey

Application deadline for turkey permits is always December 10 for spring and August 1 for fall.

2014 seasons
Youth turkey hunt April 12 - 13
Spring
Period A April 16 - 22
Period B April 23 - 29
Period C April 30 - May 6
Period D May 7 - 13
Period E May 14 - 20
Period F May 21 - 27
Fall
Statewide Sept. 13 - Nov. 20
Zones 1-5 Dec. 1 - 31

Small mammals

2014 seasons
Cottontail rabbit
Northern zone Sept. 13 - Feb. 28, 2015
Southern zone Oct. 18 (noon)- Feb. 28, 2015
Squirrels (gray and fox)
Statewide Sept. 13 - Jan. 31, 2015
Hunting protected species, such as badger, woodchuck, jackrabbit, moose and flying squirrel is prohibited.
Check the small game hunting regulations for a complete set of rules.

Other game birds

2014 seasons
Pheasant Statewide Oct. 18 (noon) - Dec. 31
Bobwhite quail Statewide Oct. 18 (noon) - Dec. 10
Ruffed grouse
Zone A Sept. 13 - Jan. 31, 2015
Zone B Oct. 18 - Dec. 8.
Sharp-tailed grouse 2014 Sharp-tailed grouse season and permits have been suspended and are under review.
Hungarian partridge Statewide (closed in Clark, Marathon and Taylor counties) Oct. 18 (noon) - Dec. 31
Crow
Statewide Jan. 25 - Mar. 20
Sept. 13 - Nov. 20
Check the regulations for a complete set of rules.

Furbearers

Application deadline for bobcat permits and wolf licenses is always August 1.

2014 seasons
Coyote
Hunting Continuous open season
Trapping See coyote trapping seasons.
Wolf
Hunting Oct. 15 - Feb. 28, 2014*
Trapping See wolf trapping seasons.
Fox, red and gray
Hunting Oct. 18 - Feb. 15, 2015
Trapping See fox trapping seasons.
Beaver See beaver trapping seasons.
Mink See mink trapping seasons.
Muskrat See muskrat trapping seasons.
Bobcat
Hunting
Period 1 - Oct. 18 - Dec. 25
Period 2 - Dec. 26 - Jan. 31, 2015
Trapping See bobcat trapping seasons.
Fisher See fisher trapping seasons.
Otter See otter trapping seasons.
Raccoon
Resident Oct. 18 - Feb. 15, 2015
Non-resident Nov. 1 - Feb. 15, 2015
Trapping See raccoon trapping seasons.
Opossum, skunk, weasel and snowshoe hare No season limits, bag limits, size limits or possession limits, but a license is required.
Check the regulations for a complete set of rules.
* The wolf hunting and trapping season may close early in some zones. Call 1-855-299-9653 to determine the closure status of wolf zones before pursuing wolves.
Last revised: Monday October 06 2014