About Hunting in Wisconsin

Every three years meetings are held each winter to determine the head objects for 2021- 2023, the develop meetings based on public input as well as deer management unit and zone boundaries. A few ways you can get involved is to meet online via teleconference at the site that is linked to the bottom of this page.

Council works with local department staff to schedule meetings as well as outreach for forest, agriculture and get quotas under wraps. This explains how this process is done , so not only would it benefit from being outdoors but also helping to set just how the process is affecting the wildlife, education , hunting and community members thrive in a much bigger way.

Wisconsin Hunting Seasons

Big Game: Bear, Elk, Deer, Bobcat

Small Game: Squirrel, Rabbit, Hare, Fox, Coyotes, Raccoon, Opossum

Bird: Mourning Dove, Snipe, Woodcock, Game Birds

Wisconsin Hunting Season Dates 2021-2022

Seasons are listed separately based on the weapon used , the animal being pursued and most often the county that will be holding these hunts in. That is why there are some that are listed below!

Overall Deer starts with archery & crossbow Sept 18-Jan 9,2022 , Next is Elk from Oct 16- Nov 14 and Dec 9-17. Turkey is included from Sept. 18 – Jan. 9, 2022 (zones 1-5) and Sept. 18 – Nov. 19 (zones 6-7)as well as Bear from Sept 8 to Oct 12! There are game birds, migratory and small game that also are listed. Please see this handy PDF for more information.

SeasonDates
Archery and CrossbowSept. 18, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022
Archery and Crossbow *Metro Sub-units only*Sept. 18, 2021 – Jan. 31, 2022
GunNov. 20-28, 2021
MuzzleloaderNov. 29 – Dec. 8, 2021
December 4-Day Antlerless HuntDec. 9 – Dec. 12, 2021
Antlerless-Only Holiday HuntDec. 24, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022*
**Open only in select Farmland (Zone 2) counties; see regulations for open counties.

Please see official state PDF for more details.

Wisconsin Hunting License

Purchase the hunting license anytime at : https://gowild.wi.gov/

LicenseResidentsNonresidents
Gun Deer$25$160
Archery$25$160
Crossbow$25$160
Small game$18$85
Elk$10N/A
Turkey$15$60

Find a Hunting Guide

Hunting guides in Wisconsin

Duck hunting guides

Deer hunting guides

Bear hunting guides

Wisconsin Hunting News

Recognized nationwide as one of the country’s premier white tailed deer hunting states, there is both an abundant herd and proven reputation for producing some of the largest bucks in the world. With so much land available there is a huge diverse option to choose from, whether is from being on a fresh track in the Northwoods or the great plain lands of the South, preparing to hunt now or this is your numerous addition of hunting trips, one thing is enjoy all that this state has to offer, enjoy its beauty and make memories that will live on for a lifetime.

Links to Official Site

Wisconsin State Regulation Site: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/hunt/dates
Wisconsin State PDF
Wisconsin License https://gowild.wi.gov/