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For information on the dog training and trialing, contact:
Alaina Gerrits
Assistant upland wildlife ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management

Hound dog and dog club training


Hounds baying up a tree.

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Rules and regulations


The hound dog and club training application is the application for 3 types of licenses: hound dog training, dog club training and dog trialing. Please use a separate copy for each license type.


A hound dog and dog club training license is needed to:

A dog training license is not needed:

  • to accompany a trainer or observe dog training activities,
  • to assist in handling the dogs during dog training activities,
  • for dog club members to train on a licensed dog club training property or
  • to train on certain free-roaming wild animals August 1 - April 14. See the regulations [PDF] for more information.

A hound dog or club training license does not authorize commercial or organized shoots, selling, breeding or propagating of animals or training of dogs with the use of captive black bear on DNR lands. No person engaged in training dogs may kill or cause to be killed any free-roaming wild animal including unprotected wild animals without the proper licensing.

Hound dog training enclosures

An authorized hound dog training enclosure is required to possess and use captive wild rabbits, hares, coyote and fox for dog training purposes. Unless covered by a dog club training license, everyone using the hound dog training enclosure must have their own individual hound dog training license.

Captive wild animal farm

The use of captive black bears for dog training requires a captive wild animal farm license. For more information, see the captive wild animal farm regulations [PDF] and captive wild animal farm application [PDF].

Hound dog training on free-roaming wild animals

Do you need a permit to train your dog or conduct a field trial? [PDF]

Bear dog training. Dogs may be trained using free-roaming wild bear statewide from July 1 through August 31, and in Zones A, B and D during the bear hunting season when hunting bear with aid of dogs is open. A dog training license is necessary to train on DNR public hunting land.

Rabbit and raccoon dog training. Dogs may be trained using free-roaming rabbits and raccoons year-round. A hound dog training license is reqired to train on DNR public hunting land April 15 - June 30. A license is also necessary to train from May 1 to June 30 on all public and private land in the Northern Restricted Zone[PDF].

All other free-roaming game animals. Dogs may be trained on all other free-roaming game animals, except wolves, year-round. A dog training license is required to train on DNR public hunting land April 15 - July 31. Training is not allowed May 1 - June 30 on any public and private land in the Northern Restricted Zone[PDF].

Last revised: Thursday May 23 2019