Outdoors calendar

WISCONSIN HUNTING SEASONS

DEER
Archery and Crossbow: Sept. 18, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022
Archery and Crossbow (Metro Sub-units only): Sept. 18, 2021-Jan. 31, 2022
Gun hunt for hunters with disabilities (Not a statewide season): Oct. 2-10
Youth deer hunt: Oct. 9-10
Gun: Nov. 20-28
Muzzleloader: Nov. 29-Dec. 8
December 4-Day Antlerless Hunt: Dec. 9-Dec. 12
Antlerless-Only Holiday Hunt (Open only in select Farmland Zone 2 counties): Dec. 24, 2021-Jan. 1, 2022

BEAR
Note: There are new bear zones for the 2021 season
Zones A, B, D where dogs are permitted
Sept. 8-14 (with aid of dogs only)
Sept. 15-Oct. 5 (with aid of dogs, with aid of bait, with all other legal methods)
Oct. 6-12 (with aid of bait only, with all other legal methods not using dogs)
Zones C, E, F: where dogs are not permitted
Sept. 8-Oct. 12 (with aid of bait, with all other legal methods not using dogs)

MIGRATORY BIRDS
Youth waterfowl hunt (Statewide): Sept. 18-19
Early teal season (Statewide): Sept. 1-9
Early Canada goose, Snow/blue geese, Ross' geese (Statewide): Sept. 1-15
Canada goose, Snow/blue geese, Ross' geese, white-fronted geese, other geese and brant
* Northern zone: Sept. 16-Dec. 16
* Southern zone: Sept. 16-Oct. 10; Oct. 16-Dec. 5; Dec. 20-Jan. 4, 2022
Season is CLOSED Oct. 11-15 & Dec. 6-19
* Mississippi River subzone: Oct. 2-10; Oct. 16-Jan. 4, 2022
Season is CLOSED Oct. 11-15
Wild Ducks
North zone: Sept. 25-Nov. 23
South zone: Oct. 2-10; Oct. 16 - Dec. 5
Season is CLOSED Oct. 11-15
Open Water zone (Green Bay and Lake Michigan): Oct. 16-Dec. 14
* Mergansers (Statewide): Same as wild ducks in the zone in which you are hunting
* Coot (Statewide): Same as wild ducks in the zone in which you are hunting
* Moorhen, Sora, Virginia rails and Snipe (Statewide): Sept. 1-Nov. 10
* Woodcock (Statewide): Sept. 25-Nov. 8
* Mourning dove (Statewide): Sept. 1-Nov. 29
Season dates for waterfowl vary annually. Check the migratory game bird regulations for a complete set of rules.

WILD TURKEY
Fall 2021
Zones 1-5: Sept. 18, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022
Zones 6-7: Sept. 18-Nov. 19

SMALL MAMMALS
Cottontail rabbit
* Northern zone: Sept. 18, 2021-Feb. 28, 2022
* Southern zone: Oct. 16, 2021 (9 a.m.)-Feb. 28, 2022
* Milwaukee County: Year round
Squirrels (gray and fox)
* Statewide: Sept. 18, 2021–Jan. 31, 2022
Hunting protected species, such as badger, jackrabbit, moose and flying squirrel is prohibited.
Check the small game hunting regulations for a complete set of rules.

OTHER GAME BIRDS
Pheasant
* Statewide: Oct. 16, 2021 (9 a.m.)-Jan. 9, 2022
Ruffed grouse
* Zone A: Sept. 18, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022
* Zone B: Oct. 16-Dec. 8, 2021
Crow
* Statewide: Sept. 18-Nov. 18; Jan. 28, 2022-Mar. 20, 2022
Hungarian partridge     
* Statewide (closed in Clark, Marathon and Taylor counties): Oct. 16, 2021 (9 a.m.)-Jan. 9, 2022
Sharp-tailed grouse (Season is under review): Oct. 16-Nov. 7, 2021 (only if season is open)
Bobwhite quail
* Statewide: Oct. 16 (9 a.m.)-Dec. 8
Check the regulations for a complete set of rules.

FURBEARERS
Coyote
* Hunting: Year-round
* Trapping: See coyote trapping seasons.
Fox (red and gray)
* Hunting: Oct. 16, 2021-Feb. 15, 2022
* Trapping: See fox trapping seasons.
Beaver (See beaver trapping seasons)
Mink (See mink trapping seasons)
Muskrat (See muskrat trapping seasons)
Bobcat
* Hunting: Oct. 16-Dec. 25; Dec. 26, 2021-Jan. 31, 2022
* Trapping: (See bobcat trapping seasons)
Fisher (See fisher trapping seasons)

* Wisconsin DNR Hunting Regulations can be found at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/hunt/regulations

WISCONSIN FISHING SEASONS

2021-2022 Fishing Season Dates
(Effective Date: April 1, 2021)

Early Inland Trout (catch and release): Jan. 2 (5 a.m.)-April 30
General Inland Trout: May 1 (5 a.m.)-Oct. 15
General Inland Fishing: May 1, 2021-March 6, 2022
Largemouth Bass Northern Zone Harvest: May 1, 2021-March 6, 2022
Smallmouth Bass Northern Zone Harvest: June 19, 2021-March 6, 2022
Large And Smallmouth Bass Southern Zone Harvest: May 1, 2021-March 6, 2022
Large And Smallmouth Bass Catch And Release: At all other times of the year
Musky Northern Zone Harvest: May 29-Dec. 31
Musky Southern Zone Harvest: May 1-Dec. 31
Northern Pike: May 1-March 6, 2022
Walleye: May 1, 2021-March 6, 2022
Lake Sturgeon: Sept. 4-Sept. 30 (hook-and-line)
Free Fishing Weekends: June 5-6, 2021; Jan. 15-16, 2022

* Wisconsin DNR Fishing Regulations can be found at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/fishing/regulations