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2017-2018 Wisconsin Hunting Seasons

A tradition for many families, hunting is an exciting escape into nature. Your reward of patiently waiting in a tree stand or hunting blind is the satisfaction of taking responsibility for your own food, or finally bagging that trophy buck. Discount Ramps has all the hunting dates for Wisconsin, and the necessary hunting equipment to ensure a successful year.

This is a general guide to season dates. Dates are subject to change. For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Website.

Deer

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

Bear

Zones First Day Last Day Additional Notes
Zone C (Dogs Not Permitted) Sept. 6, 2017 Oct. 10, 2017

With Aid of Bait

With All Other Legal Methods Not Using Dogs

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

With Aid of Dogs Only

Sept. 13, 2017 Oct. 3, 2017

With Aid of Dogs

With Aid of Bait

With All Other Legal Methods

Oct. 4, 2017 Oct. 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

Season Period First Day Last Day
2017 Youth Turkey Hunt April 15, 2017 April 16, 2017
Spring 2017 Period A April 19, 2017 April 25, 2017
Period B April 26, 2017 May 2, 2017
Period C May 3, 2017 May 9, 2017
Period D May 10, 2017 May 16, 2017
Period E May 17, 2017 May 23, 2017
Period F May 24, 2017 May 30, 2017
Fall 2017 Zones 1 - 5 Sept. 16, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Zones 6 - 7 Sept. 16, 2017 Nov. 17, 2017

Small Mammals

Cottontail Rabbit

Zone First Day Last Day
Northern Zone Sept. 16, 2017 Feb. 28, 2018
Southern Zone Oct. 14, 2017 (9 a.m.) Feb. 28, 2018

Squirrels (Gray and Fox)

Zone First Day Last Day
Statewide Sept. 16, 2017 Jan. 31, 2018

Other Game Birds

Pheasant

Zones First Day Last Day
Statewide Oct. 14, 2017 (9 a.m.) Dec. 31, 2017

Bobwhite Quail

Zones First Day Last Day
Statewide Oct. 14, 2017 (9 a.m.) Dec. 6, 2017

Ruffled Grouse

Zones First Day Last Day
Zone A Sept. 16, 2017 Jan. 31, 2018
Zone B Oct. 14, 2017 Dec. 8, 2017

Sharp-Tailed Grouse

Season is Under Review

Hungarian Partridge

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

Crow

Zones First Day Last Day
Statewide Sept. 16, 2017 Nov. 16, 2017
Jan. 18, 2017 March 20, 2017

Furbearers

Coyote

Season First Day Last Day
Hunting Continuous Open Season
Trapping Oct. 14, 2017 Feb. 15, 2018

Fox, Red, and Gray

Season First Day Last Day
Hunting Oct. 14, 2017 Feb. 15, 2018
Trapping Oct. 14, 2017 Feb. 15, 2018

Beaver

Season Zone First Day Last Day
Trapping Zone A (Northwest) Nov. 4, 2017 April 30, 2018
Zone B (Northeast) Nov. 4, 2017 April 30, 2018
Zone C (South) Nov. 4, 2017 March 31, 2018
Zone D (Mississippi River) Day After Duck Season Closes March 15, 2018

Mink

Season Zone First Day Last Day
Trapping Statewide Oct. 28, 2017 March 4, 2018
Mississippi River Zone The Day After Duck Season Closes or the Second Monday in November (Nov. 13), Whichever Occurs First March 4, 2018

Muskrat

Season Zone First Day Last Day
Trapping Statewide Oct. 28, 2017 March 4, 2018
Mississippi River Zone The Day After Duck Season Closes or the Second Monday in November (Nov. 13), Whichever Occurs First March 4, 2018

Bobcat

Hunt Type Period First Day Last Day
Hunting Period 1 Oct. 14, 2017 Dec. 25, 2017
Period 2 Dec. 26, 2017 Jan. 31, 2018
Trapping North & South Zones, Period 1 Oct. 14, 2017 Dec. 25, 2017
North & South Zones, Period 2 Dec. 26, 2017 Jan. 31, 2018

Otter

Hunt Type Zones First Day Last Day
Trapping North Zone Nov. 4, 2017 April 30, 2018
Central Zone Nov. 4, 2017 March 31, 2018
South Zone Nov. 4, 2017 March 31, 2018

Fisher

Hunt Type Zones First Day Last Day
Trapping Various Zones Oct. 14, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017

Raccoon

Hunting/Trapping First Day Last Day
Resident Oct. 14, 2017 Feb. 15, 2018
Non-Resident Nov. 4, 2017 Feb. 15, 2018

Opossum, Skunk, Weasel and Snowshoe Hare

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

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