WISCONSIN HUNTING SEASONS
Archery & Crossbow: Sept. 12–Jan. 3, 2021
Youth Deer Hunt: Oct. 10 & 11
* Gun Deer Hunt for Hunters with Disabilities: Oct. 3–11
Gun: Nov. 21–29
Muzzleloader: Nov. 30–Dec. 9
Statewide antlerless hunt: Dec. 10–Dec. 13
** Antlerless-only Holiday Hunt: Dec. 24–Jan. 1, 2021
* This is not a statewide season. More information available at dnr.wi.gov, search keyword: disabled deer hunt.
** Open only in select Farmland (Zone 2) counties; see dnr.wi.gov, keyword "deer" for open counties.
Youth Turkey Hunt: Apr. 11-12
Open Zones (Spring)
Period A: Apr. 15–21
Period B: Apr. 22–28
Period C: Apr. 29–May 5
Period D: May 6–12
Period E: May 13–May 19
Period F: May 20–May 26
Zones 1-5: Sept. 12–Jan. 3, 2021
Zones 6 & 7: Sept. 12–Nov. 20
* Clam Lake Elk Management Zone
Archery, crossbow, firearm: Oct. 17–Nov. 15; Dec. 10–18
* Licenses awarded through a drawing. Only bull elk may be harvested. See dnr.wi.gov, keyword “elk” for details.
Pheasant - Statewide: Oct. 17 (9 a.m.)–Jan. 3, 2021
Bobwhite Quail - Statewide: Oct. 17 (9 a.m.)–Dec. 9
Hungarian Partridge - Statewide *Oct. 17 (9 a.m.)–Jan. 3, 2021 *Closed in Clark, Marathon and Taylor counties
Ruffed Grouse - Zone A: 12–Jan. 3, 2021; Zone B: Oct. 17–Dec. 8
Sharp-tailed Grouse: Season is under review. Visit dnr.wi.gov for updates.
Crow - Statewide: Sept. 12–Nov. 19 & Jan. 25–March 20, 2021
Zone C where dogs are not permitted: Sept. 9–Oct. 13 (with aid of bait), (with all other legal methods not using dogs)
All other zones where dogs are permitted: Sept. 9–15 (with aid of bait), with all legal methods not using dogs); Sept. 16–Oct. 6: (with aid of dogs), with aid of bait), (with all other legal methods) Oct. 7–13 (with aid of dogs only)
Cottontail Rabbit - Northern Zone: Sept. 12–Feb. 28, 2021; Southern Zone: Oct. 17, 9 a.m.–Feb. 28, 2021
Squirrels (Gray and Fox) - Statewide: Sept. 12–Jan. 31, 2021
Hunting protected species, such as badger, jackrabbit, moose and flying squirrel, is prohibited.
Coyote - Hunting: Continuous open season; Trapping: Oct. 17–Feb. 15, 2021
Beaver (Trapping Only)
Zone A (Northwest): Nov. 7–Apr. 30, 2021
Zone B (Northeast): Nov. 7–Apr. 30, 2021
Zone C (South): Nov. 7–Mar. 31, 2021
Zone D (Mississippi River): Day after duck season closes to Mar. 15, 2021
Mink and Muskrat (Trapping Only)
Statewide - Oct. 24–Mar. 7, 2021
Mississippi River Zone - Nov. 11**–Mar. 7, 2021
**Zone opens either the day after the duck season closes or Nov. 11, whichever occurs first.
Fox (Red and Gray): Hunting and Trapping Oct. 17–Feb. 15, 2021
Bobcat (Hunting and Trapping - Permits required)
Period 1 - Oct. 17–Dec. 25
Period 2 - Dec. 26–Jan. 31, 2021
Fisher (Trapping Only - Permits required)
Various zones - Oct. 17–Jan. 3, 2021
Otter (Trapping Only - Permits required)
North Zone - Nov. 7–Apr. 30, 2021
South Zone - Nov. 7–Mar. 31, 2021
Raccoon (Hunting and Trapping)
Resident - Oct. 17–Feb. 15, 2021
Non-resident - Oct. 31–Feb. 15, 2021
Woodchuck, Opossum, Skunk, Weasel and Snowshoe Hare: No season limits, bag limits, size limits or possession limits, but a license is required.
Early Canada Goose - Statewide: Sept. 1–15
Early Teal - Sept. 1-9
Youth Hunt - Sept. 19-20
North Zone - Sept. 26-Nov. 24
South Zone - Oct. 3-11; Oct 17-Dec. 6
Mississippi Zone - Oct. 3-11; Oct. 17-Dec. 6
60-day Restrictive Scaup Season
North Zone - Sept. 26-Oct. 10; Oct. 11-Nov. 24
South Zone - Oct. 3-11; Oct. 17-22; Oct. 23-Dec. 6
Mississippi River Zone - Oct. 3-11; Oct. 17-Oct. 22; Oct. 23-Dec. 6
Regular Goose Season Dates
North Zone - Sept. 16-Dec. 16
South Zone - Sept. 16-Oct. 11; Oct. 17-Dec. 6; Dec. 22-Jan. 5
Mississippi River Zone - Oct. 3-Oct. 11; Oct. 17-Jan. 5
Woodcock (Statewide) - Sept. 19–Nov. 2
Mourning Dove (Statewide) - Sept. 1–Nov. 29
WISCONSIN FISHING SEASONS
Early inland trout: (catch and release) - Jan. 4 (5 a.m.) to May 1.
General inland trout: May 2 (5 a.m.) to Oct. 15.
General inland fishing: May 2-March 7, 2021.
Largemouth bass northern zone harvest: May 2-March 7, 2021.
Smallmouth bass northern zone harvest: June 20-March 7, 2021.
Large and smallmouth bass southern zone harvest: May 2-March 7, 2021.
Large and smallmouth bass catch and release: At all other times of the year.
Musky (northern zone): May 23-Dec. 31.
Musky (southern zone): May 2-Dec. 31.
Northern pike: May 2-March 7, 2021.
Walleye: May 2-March 7, 2021.
Lake sturgeon (hook-and-line): Sept. 5-Sept. 30
Free fishing weekends
Jan. 18-19, 2020 (winter).
June 6-7, 2020 (summer).
Jan. 16-17, 2021 (winter).