Outdoors calendar

DEC. 19: La Crosse/La Crescent Christmas Bird Count; Contact http://www.couleeaudubon.org/html/cbc.html.

WISCONSIN HUNTING SEASONS

DEER
Archery & Crossbow: Sept. 12–Jan. 3, 2021
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.

TURKEY
(Fall)
Zones 1-5: Sept. 12–Jan. 3, 2021

ELK
* Clam Lake Elk Management Zone
Archery, crossbow, firearm: Dec. 10–18
* Licenses awarded through a drawing. Only bull elk may be harvested. See dnr.wi.gov, keyword “elk” for details.

GAME BIRDS
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: Oct. 12–Jan. 3, 2021; Zone B: Oct. 17–Dec. 8
Crow - Statewide: Jan. 25–March 20, 2021

SMALL GAME
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

PROTECTED SPECIES
Hunting protected species, such as badger, jackrabbit, moose and flying squirrel, is prohibited.

FURBEARERS
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.

MIGRATORY BIRDS
Duck Season
South Zone - Oct 17-Dec. 6
Mississippi Zone - Oct. 17-Dec. 6
60-day Restrictive Scaup Season
South Zone - Oct. 23-Dec. 6
Mississippi River Zone - Oct. 23-Dec. 6

Regular Goose Season Dates
South Zone - Oct. 17-Dec. 6; Dec. 22-Jan. 5
Mississippi River Zone - Oct. 17-Jan. 5         

WISCONSIN FISHING SEASONS

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.
Free fishing weekends
Jan. 16-17, 2021 (winter).