Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season is always a special time of the year. Whether you are planning on waiting patiently in a deer stand to bag that trophy buck or sitting knee deep in the marsh hoping to bag a band. Being able to take advantage of all the hunting seasons is why The Waterfowl Hunter has put together the hunting dates for Wisconsin.

These dates serve as a general guide for more specific hunting visit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Deer Hunting Seasons

Type of HuntFirst DayLast Day
Archery and CrossbowSept. 16, 2017Jan. 7, 2018
Archery and Crossbow *Metro Sub-Units Only*Sept. 16, 2017Jan. 31, 2018
Gun Hunt for Hunters With Disabilities (Not a Statewide Season )Oct. 7, 2017Oct. 15, 2018
Youth Deer HuntOct. 7, 2017Oct. 8, 2017
GunNov. 18, 2017Nov. 26, 2017
MuzzleloaderNov. 27, 2017Dec. 6, 2017
December 4-day Antlerless HuntDec. 7, 2017Dec. 10, 2017
Antlerless-Only Holiday HuntDec. 24, 2017Jan. 1, 2018

Bear

ZonesFirst DayLast DayAdditional Notes
Zone C (Dogs Not Permitted)Sept. 6, 2017Oct. 10, 2017

With Aid of Bait

With All Other Legal Methods Not Using Dogs

All Other Zones (Dogs Permitted)Sept. 6, 2017Sept. 12, 2017

With Aid of Dogs Only

Sept. 13, 2017Oct. 3, 2017

With Aid of Dogs

With Aid of Bait

With All Other Legal Methods

Oct. 4, 2017Oct. 10, 2017

With Aid of Bait

With All Other Legal Methods Not Using Dogs

Migratory Birds

Dates Will Be Established In Mid-April

Wild Turkey

SeasonPeriodFirst DayLast Day
2017 Youth Turkey HuntApril 15, 2017April 16, 2017
Spring 2017Period AApril 19, 2017April 25, 2017
Period BApril 26, 2017May 2, 2017
Period CMay 3, 2017May 9, 2017
Period DMay 10, 2017May 16, 2017
Period EMay 17, 2017May 23, 2017
Period FMay 24, 2017May 30, 2017
Fall 2017Zones 1 – 5Sept. 16, 2017Dec. 31, 2017
Zones 6 – 7Sept. 16, 2017Nov. 17, 2017

Small Mammals

Cottontail Rabbit

ZoneFirst DayLast Day
Northern ZoneSept. 16, 2017Feb. 28, 2018
Southern ZoneOct. 14, 2017 (9 a.m.)Feb. 28, 2018

Squirrels (Gray and Fox)

ZoneFirst DayLast Day
StatewideSept. 16, 2017Jan. 31, 2018

Other Game Birds

Pheasant

ZonesFirst DayLast Day
StatewideOct. 14, 2017 (9 a.m.)Dec. 31, 2017

Bobwhite Quail

ZonesFirst DayLast Day
StatewideOct. 14, 2017 (9 a.m.)Dec. 6, 2017

Ruffled Grouse

ZonesFirst DayLast Day
Zone ASept. 16, 2017Jan. 31, 2018
Zone BOct. 14, 2017Dec. 8, 2017

Sharp-Tailed Grouse

Season is Under Review

Hungarian Partridge

ZonesFirst DayLast Day
Statewide (Closed in Clark, Marathon, and Taylor Counties)Oct. 14, 2017 (9 a.m.)Dec. 31, 2017

Crow

ZonesFirst DayLast Day
StatewideSept. 16, 2017Nov. 16, 2017
Jan. 18, 2017March 20, 2017

Furbearers

Coyote

SeasonFirst DayLast Day
HuntingContinuous Open Season
TrappingOct. 14, 2017Feb. 15, 2018

Fox, Red, and Gray

SeasonFirst DayLast Day
HuntingOct. 14, 2017Feb. 15, 2018
TrappingOct. 14, 2017Feb. 15, 2018

Beaver

SeasonZoneFirst DayLast Day
TrappingZone A (Northwest)Nov. 4, 2017April 30, 2018
Zone B (Northeast)Nov. 4, 2017April 30, 2018
Zone C (South)Nov. 4, 2017March 31, 2018
Zone D (Mississippi River)Day After Duck Season ClosesMarch 15, 2018

Mink

SeasonZoneFirst DayLast Day
TrappingStatewideOct. 28, 2017March 4, 2018
Mississippi River ZoneThe Day After Duck Season Closes or the Second Monday in November (Nov. 13), Whichever Occurs FirstMarch 4, 2018

Muskrat

SeasonZoneFirst DayLast Day
TrappingStatewideOct. 28, 2017March 4, 2018
Mississippi River ZoneThe Day After Duck Season Closes or the Second Monday in November (Nov. 13), Whichever Occurs FirstMarch 4, 2018

Bobcat

Hunt TypePeriodFirst DayLast Day
HuntingPeriod 1Oct. 14, 2017Dec. 25, 2017
Period 2Dec. 26, 2017Jan. 31, 2018
TrappingNorth & South Zones, Period 1Oct. 14, 2017Dec. 25, 2017
North & South Zones, Period 2Dec. 26, 2017Jan. 31, 2018

Otter

Hunt TypeZonesFirst DayLast Day
TrappingNorth ZoneNov. 4, 2017April 30, 2018
Central ZoneNov. 4, 2017March 31, 2018
South ZoneNov. 4, 2017March 31, 2018

Fisher

Hunt TypeZonesFirst DayLast Day
TrappingVarious ZonesOct. 14, 2017Dec. 31, 2017

Raccoon

Hunting/TrappingFirst DayLast Day
ResidentOct. 14, 2017Feb. 15, 2018
Non-ResidentNov. 4, 2017Feb. 15, 2018

Opossum, Skunk, Weasel and Snowshoe Hare

No Season Limits, bag limits, size limits or possession limits, but a license is required.