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For information on hunting season dates and deadlines, contact:
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Season dates and application deadlines

Deer

2017 seasons
Archery and Crossbow Sept. 16 - Jan. 7, 2018
Archery and Crossbow *Metro Sub-units only* Sept. 16 - Jan. 31, 2018
Gun hunt for hunters with disabilities This is not a statewide season. Learn more... Oct. 7 - 15
Youth deer hunt Oct. 7 - 8
Gun Nov. 18 - 26
Muzzleloader Nov. 27 - Dec. 6
December 4-day antlerless hunt Dec. 7 - 10
Antlerless-only Holiday Hunt
*Only in valid farmland units. Please see deer regulations booklet for valid units.
Dec. 24 - Jan. 1, 2018
All dates are subject to change through a rule making or a legislative process. Please check the Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations for a complete set of dates and unit designations.

Bear

Application deadline for bear permits is always December 10.

2017 seasons
Zone C where dogs are not permitted
Sept. 6 - Oct. 10
  • with aid of bait
  • with all other legal methods not using dogs
All other zones where dogs are permitted
Sept. 6 - 12
  • with aid of dogs only
Sept. 13 - Oct. 3
  • with aid of dogs
  • with aid of bait
  • with all other legal methods
Oct. 4 - 10
  • with aid bait
  • with all other legal methods not using dogs
Check the bear hunting regulations for a complete set of rules.

Migratory birds

2017 seasons
Youth waterfowl hunt Statewide Sept. 16 & 17
Early teal season Statewide Sept. 1 - 7
Canada goose
Early goose season Sept. 1 - 15
Canada goose North exterior zone Sept. 16 - Dec. 16
South exterior zone Sept. 16 - Oct. 8 & Oct. 14 - Dec. 21
Season is CLOSED Oct. 9 - 13
Mississippi River subzone Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 & Oct. 14 - Jan. 4, 2018
Season is CLOSED Oct. 7 - 13
Horicon zone
1 Period
Sept. 16 - Dec 16
Snow/blue geese, Ross' geese, White fronted geese, other geese and Brant
North exterior zone Sept. 16 - Dec. 16
South exterior zone Sept. 16 - Oct. 8 & Oct. 14 - Dec. 21
Season is CLOSED Oct. 9 - 13
Horicon zone Sept. 16 - Dec. 16
Mississippi River subzone Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 & Oct. 14 - Jan. 4, 2018
Season is CLOSED Oct. 7 - 13
Wild ducks
North zone Sept. 23 - Nov. 21
South zone Sept. 30 - Oct. 8 & Oct. 14 -
Dec. 3
Season is CLOSED Oct. 9 - 13
Mississippi River zone Sept. 30 - 6 & Oct. 14 - Dec. 5
Season is CLOSED Oct. 7 - Oct. 13
Mergansers Statewide Same as wild ducks in the zone in which you are hunting
Coot and Moorhen Statewide Same as wild ducks in the zone in which you are hunting
Sora and Virginia rail Statewide Same as wild ducks in the zone in which you are hunting
Snipe Statewide Same as wild ducks in the zone in which you are hunting
Regular waterfowl seasons Statewide Dates will be established in mid-April.
Woodcock Statewide Sept. 23 - Nov. 6
Mourning dove Statewide Sept. 1 - Nov. 29
Season dates for waterfowl vary annually. View the 2017 migratory game bird regulations [PDF].

Wild turkey

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

2017 seasons
2017 Youth turkey hunt April 15 - 16
Spring 2017
Period A April 19 - 25
Period B April 26 - May 2
Period C May 3 - 9
Period D May 10 - 16
Period E May 17 - 23
Period F May 24 - 30
Fall 2017
Zones 1 - 5 September 16 - Dec. 31
Zones 6 & 7 Sept. 16 - Nov. 17

Small mammals

2017 seasons
Cottontail rabbit
Northern zone Sept. 16 - Feb. 28, 2018
Southern zone Oct. 14 (9 a.m.) - Feb. 28, 2018
Squirrels (gray and fox)
Statewide Sept. 16 - Jan. 31, 2018
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

2017 seasons
Pheasant Statewide Oct. 14 (9 a.m.) - Dec. 31
Bobwhite quail Statewide Oct. 14 (9 a.m.) - Dec. 6
Ruffed grouse
Zone A Sept. 16 - Jan. 31, 2018
Zone B Oct. 14 - Dec. 8
Sharp-tailed grouse Season is under review.
Hungarian partridge Statewide (closed in Clark, Marathon and Taylor counties) Oct. 14 (9 a.m.) - Dec. 31
Crow
Statewide Sept. 16 - Nov. 16
Jan. 18 - March 20
Check the regulations for a complete set of rules.

Furbearers

Application deadline for bobcat, fisher and otter permits is always August 1.

2017 seasons
Coyote
Hunting Continuous open season
Trapping See coyote trapping seasons.
Fox, red and gray
Hunting Oct. 14 - Feb. 15, 2018
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. 14 - Dec. 25
Period 2 - Dec. 26 - Jan. 31, 2018
Trapping See bobcat trapping seasons.
Fisher See fisher trapping seasons.
Otter See otter trapping seasons.
Raccoon
Resident Oct. 14 - Feb. 15, 2018
Non-resident Nov. 4 - Feb. 15, 2018
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.
Last revised: Wednesday April 19 2017