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For information about Sandhill Wildlife Area, contact:
Sandhill Wildlife Area
1715 County Hwy X
Babcock WI 54413

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COVID-19 Update

On Friday, May 1 and at the direction of Gov. Evers, the department reopened state parks, forests and sites within the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway with special conditions. Four State Natural Areas remain closed: Parfrey's Glen, Pewits Nest, Gibraltar Rock and Dells of the Wisconsin River. All Wildlife Areas and Fisheries Areas are open. For more information, please visit the DNR's COVID-19 information webpage for the full list of conditions, including hours of operation, admission fees and more.

Attention Motorists: Trumpeter Trail is now open to vehicle traffic.

Sandhill Wildlife Area

Middleton High School students track a Blanding's turtle at Sandhill using radio telemetry.

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center provides a variety of educational activities in the wide, WILD world of wildlife recreation.

Wildlife staff, volunteers and guest instructors conduct a variety of workshops each year, primarily on weekends. Workshops use both an indoor classroom center as well as the outdoor world of Sandhill Wildlife Area. Workshops introduce participants to the appropriate use of outdoor equipment, developing skills to feel more competent outdoors and introducing participants to others who share similar interests. Outdoor Skills programs are enhanced by a shooting range, trails, orienteering course and opportunities for supervised hunting and trapping experiences. These workshops and clinics are designed to be hands-on learning experiences to improve participant knowledge, skills and experience level.

Workshop schedules

2019 events [exit DNR]
Searchable Sandhill calendar

Workshop registration

The Sandhill Wildlife Area is open to the public. Individuals and groups are welcome to register for any of our workshops on a first-come-first served basis. Please fill out the workshop registration form [PDF] for the workshop you would like to attend and mail it to the address on the application form. Applications CANNOT be taken over the phone. Nominal fees are charged per participate for most Outdoor Skills Center workshops and tours to cover costs of educational materials, meals and special equipment. Checks need to be made out to "DNR-Skills Center". Registration is based on receipt of an application and a fees. We do not accept credit/debit cards or cash. Persons registering for workshops will receive confirmation about one week prior to the event.

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Learn to Hunt Deer

The Sandhill Learn to Hunt Deer program is open to both youth (12 - 15) and adults new to deer hunting (16+). Each hunter must be accompanied by a chaperone. Please read page two of the application for details on this unique, chaperoned, learn-to-hunt opportunity. Apply for the Sandhill Learn to Hunt Deer workshop [PDF].

Antlerless Only Hunt

A 2019 antlerless hunt is scheduled for November 9th-10 at Sandhill Wildlife Area. To apply for this opportunity please complete the 2019 Sandhill antlerless deer permit application [PDF]. The deadline for this application is June 30, 2019.

Last revised: Wednesday July 08 2020