Outdoors calendar


AUG. 21: Deadline for successful applicants to transfer Class A Bear License to a youth hunter.
AUG. 31: Bear dog training by pursuing bear closes. It is illegal to train dogs from April 15 through July 31, on DNR lands, unless dogs are on a leash no longer than 8 feet, except for Class 1 field trail grounds or for bear dog training on DNR lands other than state parks after July 1.

SEPT. 1: Early teal season through Sept. 7; Early September Canada goose hunting season open in designated areas through Sept. 15; Mourning dove hunting season opens through Nov. 29;
Hook-and-line lake sturgeon season opens on designated waters through Sept. 30. See current Guide to Wisconsin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations; Wild ginseng season opens; through Nov. 1; Deadline for hunters with disabilities to apply to participate in a sponsored hunt.
SEPT. 5: Black bear hunting season opens; See current black bear hunting regulations for zone and hunting method specific dates.
SEPT. 15: Archery and crossbow deer season opens through Jan. 6, 2019; Early September Canada goose hunting season closes; Fall turkey hunting season opens through Dec. 31 in Zones 1-5 through Nov. 17 in Zones 6-7; Ruffed grouse season opens in the Zone A through Jan. 31. (Zone B opens Oct. 20 - Dec. 8.); Cottontail rabbit season opens in northern zone, runs through Feb. 28; Gray and fox squirrel season opens, runs through Jan. 31; Fall crow season opens through Nov. 15.
SEPT. 15-16: Special two-day waterfowl duck hunt. Open to youth 10 to 15 years of age who are hunter safety certified or participating in a mentored hunt; All other state license requirements are waived except for HIP registration and Canada goose permit requirements; Youths must be accompanied by adult; Bag limit and tag requirements apply for the respective zone; These days overlap with open goose season in most zones so adults will also be able to shoot geese but not duck during the youth hunt.
SEPT. 16: Canada goose season opens in the North Exterior Zone through Dec. 16; Canada goose season opens in South Exterior Zone through Oct. 7; Season reopens in South Zone Oct. 13 and runs through Dec. 2. Reopens Dec. 16 and runs through Jan. 3, 2019
SEPT. 22: Woodcock season opens through Nov. 5; Duck season opens in Northern Zone through Nov. 21.
SEPT. 29: Duck season opens in South Exterior Zone through Oct. 7. Season reopens Oct. 13 through Dec. 2; Duck season opens in  Mississippi River Zone through Oct. 5. Season reopens Oct. 13 and runs through Dec. 4; Canada goose season opens in Mississippi River Subzone through Oct. 5; Season reopens Oct. 13 and runs through Jan. 3.
SEPT. 30: Trout season closes last Sunday in September on rivers flowing into Lake Superior from their mouths to the first impassable permanent barrier (unless listed otherwise in trout regulations); Lake trout season on Lake Superior closes; Hook-and-line sturgeon season closes on inland waters.