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2013

Deer

2013 seasons
Bow Sept. 14 - Nov. 21 & Nov. 23 - Jan. 5, 2014
Youth deer hunt Oct. 5 - 6
Gun Nov. 23 - Dec. 1
Muzzleloader Dec. 2 - Dec. 11
December antlerless hunt Dec. 12 - Dec. 15
CWD holiday hunt Dec. 24 - Jan. 5, 2014
Gun hunt for hunters with disabilities Oct. 5 - 13
Check the deer hunting regulations for a complete set of dates and units.

 

Black bear

Application deadline for bear permits is always December 10.

Drawing for the 2013 permits will take place in early February 2013. Notifications to permit winners sent by mid-February.

2013 seasons
Zone C where dogs are not permitted
Sept. 4 - Oct. 8
  • with aid of bait
  • with all other legal methods not utilizing dogs
All other zones where dogs are permitted
Sept. 4 - 10
  • with aid of dogs only
Sept. 11 - Oct. 1
  • with aid of dogs
  • with aid of bait
  • with all other legal methods
Oct. 2 - 8
  • with aid of bait
  • with all other legal methods not utilizing dogs
Check the bear hunting regulations for a complete rules.

 

Migratory birds

Application deadline for the Horicon zone goose season is always August 1.

2013 seasons
Youth waterfowl hunt Sept. 14 & 15
Canada geese
Early goose season Sept. 1 - 15
North exterior zone Sept. 16 - Dec. 16
South exterior zone Sept. 16 - Oct. 6 & Oct. 12 - Dec. 21
Season is CLOSED Oct. 7 - 11
 
Mississippi River subzone Sept. 21 - 29 & Oct. 12 - Jan. 2, 2014
Season is CLOSED Sept. 30 - Oct. 11
 
Horicon zone
period 1
 
Sept. 16 - Oct. 27
Horicon zone
period 2
 
Oct. 28 - Dec. 16
Snow/blue geese, Ross' geese, other geese, and Brant
Horicon zone Sept. 16 - Dec. 16
North exterior zone Sept. 16 - Dec. 16
South exterior zone Sept. 16 - Oct. 6 & Oct. 12 - Dec. 21
Season is CLOSED Oct. 7 - 11
 
Mississippi River subzone Sept. 21 - 29 & Oct. 12 - Jan. 2, 2014
Season is CLOSED Sept. 30 - Oct. 11
 
White-fronted geese
Horicon zone Sept. 20 - Dec. 16
North exterior zone Sept. 20 - Dec. 16
South exterior zone Sept. 20 - Oct. 6 & Oct. 12 - Dec. 21
Season is CLOSED Oct. 7 - 11
 
Mississippi River subzone Sept. 25 - 29 & Oct. 12 - Jan. 2, 2014
Season is CLOSED Sept. 30 - Oct. 11
 
Wild ducks
North zone Sept. 21 (9:00 am) - Nov. 19
South zone Sept. 28 (9:00 am) - Oct. 6 & Oct. 12 -
Dec. 1
Season is CLOSED Oct. 7 - 11
 
Mississippi River zone Sept. 21 - 29 & Oct. 12 - Dec. 1
Season is CLOSED Sept. 30 - Oct. 11
 
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. 21 - Nov. 4
Mourning dove Statewide Sept. 1 - Nov. 9
Check the migratory game bird regulations for a complete rules.

 

Wild turkey

Application deadline for turkey permits is always December 10 for spring and August 1 for fall.

2013 seasons
Youth turkey hunt April 6 - 7
Spring
Period A April 10 - 16
Period B April 17 - 23
Period C April 24 - 30
Period D May 1 - 7
Period E May 8 - 14
Period F May 15 - 21
Fall
Statewide Sept. 14 - Nov. 21
Zones 1-5 Dec. 2 - 31
Look ahead to the spring 2014 season dates [PDF]
Check the turkey hunting regulations for a complete set of dates and units.

 

Small mammals

2013 seasons
Cottontail rabbit
Northern zone Sept. 14 - Feb. 28, 2014
Southern zone Oct. 19 (noon)- Feb. 28, 2014
Squirrels (gray and fox)
Statewide Sept. 14 - Jan. 31, 2014
Hunting protected species, such as badger, woodchuck, jackrabbit, moose and flying squirrel is prohibited.
Check the small game hunting regulations for a complete set of rules.

 

Other game birds

2013 seasons
Pheasant Statewide Oct. 19 (noon) - Dec. 31
Bobwhite quail Statewide Oct. 19 (noon) - Dec. 11
Ruffed grouse
Zone A Sept. 14 - Jan. 31, 2014
Zone B Oct. 19 - Dec. 8.
Sharp-tailed grouse 2013 Sharp-tailed grouse season and permits have been suspended
Hungarian partridge Statewide (closed in Clark, Marathon and Taylor counties) Oct. 19 (noon) - Dec. 31
Crow
Statewide Jan. 18 - Mar. 20
Sept. 14 - Nov. 21
Check the regulations for a complete rules.

 

Furbearers

Application deadline for bobcat permits and wolf licenses is always August 1.

2013 seasons
Coyote
Hunting Continuous open season
Trapping See coyote trapping seasons.
Wolf
Hunting Oct. 15 - Feb. 28, 2014*
Trapping See wolf trapping seasons.
Fox, red and gray
Hunting Oct. 19 - Feb. 15, 2014
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. 19 - Dec. 25
Period 2 - Dec. 26 - Jan. 31, 2014
Trapping See bobcat trapping seasons.
Fisher See fisher trapping seasons.
Otter See otter trapping seasons.
Raccoon
Resident Oct. 19 - Feb. 15, 2014
Non-resident Nov. 2 - Feb. 15, 2014
Trapping See raccoon trapping seasons.
Opossum, skunk, weasel and snowshoe hare No season limits, bag limits, size limits or possession limits, but a license is required.
Check the regulations for a complete rules.
* The wolf hunting and trapping season may close early in some zones. Call 1-855-299-9653 to determine the closure status of wolf zones before pursuing wolves.

 

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