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The Wisconsin Outdoor Report is updated weekly by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Outdoor Report | Outdoor Calendar 2013

Outdoor Calendar 2014

* Indicates date remains the same each year, except some permit deadlines may be extended one day if they fall on a Sunday or Federal Holiday.

January 2

  • Mississippi River zone goose seasons closes.

January 5

  • Late archery deer season closes.
  • CWD management zone holiday firearm deer hunt closes.

January 18

  • Winter crow season opens, through March 20.

January 25

  • Winter crow season opens, through March 20.

January 31

  • Squirrel season closes.*
  • Ruffed grouse seasons closes in zone A (northern zone).*
  • Bobcat hunting and trapping season closes in Period 2.

February 8

  • Lake Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Season opens. Season runs for 16 days (Feb. 23) or until the harvest level is reached. Season hours are 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. The season will close after one day if one of the harvest caps is reached. Sturgeon must be registered by 1:30 p.m. the day they are harvested. There are separate, annual spearing seasons for Lake Winnebago and for the system’s upriver lakes of Butte des Mort, Winneconne and Poygan. Previously the Upriver Season occurred only once every five years but was open to anyone who wanted to participate in it and bought a license. Spearers who wanted to participate in the Upriver Lakes season had to submit an application by Aug. 1. Licenses for the upcoming season must have been purchased by Oct. 31 of the previous year.

February 15

  • Coyote trapping season closes.*
  • Raccoon trapping and hunting seasons closes.*
  • Red and gray fox gun and trapping seasons close.*

February 20

  • Ice fishing shelters must be removed from Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters.*

February 23

  • Lake Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Season closes unless season closes early due to harvest caps being reached.

February 28

  • Cottontail rabbit season closes in northern and southern zones.*
  • Mink trapping season closes in the northern, southern and Mississippi zones.*

March 1

  • Early catch-and-release only trout season opens statewide, with exception of spring ponds and Great Lakes tributaries; artificial bait only, but barbless hooks no longer required. Season runs to midnight April 27.
  • Ice fishing shelters must be removed from Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.*
  • Lake trout season opens on Lake Michigan, Green Bay & Lake Michigan tributaries through Oct. 31.*

March 2

  • The fishing season for all game species closes on inland waters that do not remain open all year. Check the current fishing regulations for waters that remain open to fishing.
  • The game fish season closes on tributary streams and ditches of Green Bay and the Fox River up to the first dam or lake (except yellow perch is open until March 15). There is an exception to this closure for portions of 9 major Green Bay Tributaries. Check the current fishing regulations for waters that remain open to fishing.*
  • Ice fishing shelters must be removed from inland waters south of Highway 64 by the first Sunday following March 1.

March 15

  • Yellow perch season closes on Green Bay and its tributary streams and the Fox River from the mouth up to the De Pere Dam.*
  • Beaver trapping season closes in the Mississippi River zone.

March 16

  • Ice fishing shelters must be removed from inland lakes north of Highway 64, Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Lake Superior, and Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters by the first Sunday following March 12.

March 20

  • Winter crow season closes.*

March 17 - 21

  • Remaining spring turkey permits not issued through the permit drawing will be available for sale beginning at 10 a.m. on a first-come, first served basis through license sales outlets, and DNR service centers. In addition, licenses can be purchased on line through the DNR Web site or by phone at 1-877-945-4236. A complete list of units with the number of permits is available on the DNR Web site.

March 29

  • Trout season opens on designated sections of some Lake Superior tributaries on the last Saturday in March. See the current Wisconsin Trout Fishing Regulations and Guide for more information.

March 31

  • Hunting, fishing, sports, and conservation patron licenses expire.*
  • Otter trapping season closes in central and southern zone.

April 12 - 13

  • Youth turkey hunt.

April 14

  • Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearings and Conservation Congress county meetings held in every county.

April 15 through July 31

  • It is illegal to allow dogs to run on DNR lands and Federal Waterfowl Production Areas lands during this time unless the dog is on a leash no longer than 8 feet. Doe not apply to class 1 field trial grounds or DNR lands open to dog training.*

April 16 – 22

  • Spring turkey hunting period A

April 23 – 29

  • Spring turkey hunting period B

April 27

  • Early catch-and-release only trout season closes at midnight. Season is artificial bait, barbless-hook only.

April 30

  • The yellow perch season closes on Lake Michigan and tributaries. The season reopens June 16.*
  • Otter trapping season closes in the North zone.*

April 30 – May

  • Spring turkey hunting period C
* Indicates date remains the same each year, except some permit deadlines may be extended one day if they fall on a Sunday or Federal Holiday.

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