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

Deer

2018 seasons
Archery and Crossbow Sept. 15 - Jan. 6, 2019
Archery and Crossbow *Metro Sub-units only* Sept. 15 - Jan. 31, 2019
Gun hunt for hunters with disabilities: This is not a statewide season. Learn more... Oct. 6 - 14
Youth deer hunt Oct. 6 - 7
Gun Nov. 17 - 25
Muzzleloader Nov. 26 - Dec. 5
December 4-day antlerless hunt Dec. 6 - 9
Antlerless-only Holiday Hunt
*Only in valid farmland units. Please see deer regulations booklet for valid units.
Dec. 24 - Jan. 1, 2019
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.

2018 seasons
Zone C where dogs are not permitted
Sept. 5 - Oct. 9
  • with aid of bait
  • with all other legal methods not using dogs
All other zones where dogs are permitted
Sept. 5 - 11
  • with aid of bait
  • with all other legal methods not using dogs
Sept. 12 - Oct. 2
  • with aid of dogs
  • with aid of bait
  • with all other legal methods
Oct. 3 - 9
  • with aid of dogs only
Check the bear hunting regulations for a complete set of rules.

Migratory birds

2018 seasons
Youth waterfowl hunt Statewide Sept. 15 & 16
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. 7* & Oct. 13 - Dec. 2 & Dec. 16 - Jan. 3, 2019
Season is CLOSED Oct. 8 - 12 & Dec. 3 - 15
Mississippi River subzone Sept. 29 - Oct. 5* & Oct. 13 - Jan. 3, 2019
Season is CLOSED Oct. 6 - 12
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. 7* & Oct. 13 - Dec. 2 & Dec. 16 - Jan. 3, 2019
Season is CLOSED Oct. 8 - 12 & Dec. 3 - 15
Mississippi River subzone Sept. 29 - Oct. 5* & Oct. 13 - Jan. 3, 2019
Season is CLOSED Oct. 6 - 12
Wild ducks
North zone Sept. 29 - Nov. 27
South zone Sept. 29 - Oct. 7 & Oct. 13 -
Dec. 2
Season is CLOSED Oct. 8 - 12
Mississippi River zone Sept. 29 - Oct. 5 & Oct. 13 - Dec. 4
Season is CLOSED Oct. 6 - 12
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
Woodcock Statewide Sept. 22 - Nov. 5
Mourning dove Statewide Sept. 1 - Nov. 29
The Horicon Canada goose zone has been eliminated. Hunters may use a 2018 Horicon Canada goose permit issued prior to this change to hunt Canada geese statewide.
Season dates for waterfowl vary annually. The migratory game bird regulations will not be available until June.

Wild turkey

Application deadline for spring turkey harvest authorizations is always December 10.

2018 seasons
Fall 2018
Zones 1 - 5 September 15 - Jan. 6, 2019
Zones 6 & 7 Sept. 15 - Nov. 16
2019 seasons
2019 Youth turkey hunt April 13 - 14
Spring 2019
Period A April 17 - 23
Period B April 24 - 30
Period C May 1 - 7
Period D May 8 - 14
Period E May 15 - 21
Period F May 22 - 28

Small mammals

2018 seasons
Cottontail rabbit
Northern zone Sept. 15 - Feb. 28, 2019
Southern zone Oct. 20 (9 a.m.) - Feb. 28, 2019
Squirrels (gray and fox)
Statewide Sept. 15 - Jan. 31, 2019
Hunting protected species, such as badger, jackrabbit, moose and flying squirrel is prohibited.
Check the small game hunting regulations for a complete set of rules.

Other game birds

Application period for sharp-tailed grouse permits is August 1 - August 31.

2018 seasons
Pheasant Statewide Oct. 20 (9 a.m.) - Jan. 6, 2019
Bobwhite quail Statewide Oct. 20 (9 a.m.) - Dec. 12
Ruffed grouse
Zone A Sept. 15 - Dec. 31
Zone B Oct. 20 - Dec. 8
Sharp-tailed grouse Game management unit 8 Oct. 20 - Nov. 11
Hungarian partridge Statewide (closed in Clark, Marathon and Taylor counties) Oct. 20 (9 a.m.) - Jan. 6, 2019
Crow
Statewide Sept. 15 - Nov. 15
Jan. 18 - Mar. 20, 2019
Check the regulations for a complete set of rules.

Furbearers

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

2018 seasons
Coyote
Hunting Continuous open season
Trapping See coyote trapping seasons.
Fox, red and gray
Hunting Oct. 20 - Feb. 15, 2019
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. 20 - Dec. 25
Period 2 - Dec. 26 - Jan. 31, 2019
Trapping See bobcat trapping seasons.
Fisher See fisher trapping seasons.
Otter See otter trapping seasons.
Raccoon
Resident Oct. 20 - Feb. 15, 2019
Non-resident Nov. 3 - Feb. 15, 2019
Trapping See raccoon trapping seasons.
Opossum, skunk, weasel, snowshoe hare and woodchuck No season limits, bag limits, size limits or possession limits, but a license is required.
Last revised: Monday November 19 2018