When Does Bow Hunting End In Wisconsin (from DNR)

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When does bow hunting end in Wisconsin? The answer to this question is not so simple and will depend on the particular game animal hunted.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding hunters that the archery and crossbow deer seasons will open this fall. From September 18 to January 9, 2022, these seasons will run simultaneously across the state.

Wisconsin Bow Hunting

Bowhunting in Wisconsin has been steadily increasing. Various state organizations, including the Archery Trade Association, Wisconsin Wildlife, and Freshwater Fisheries Division, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, have teamed up to improve the state’s archery parks.

Archery parks in Wisconsin offer a variety of shooting targets and distances for archery season practice. You must be between the ages of 16 and 64 and have a valid Wisconsin hunting license before using an archery park.

Why is it Important to Know When to Hunt?

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Hunting with a bow is a game of odds. It’s also a decision-making game. It’s all part of the process to know when to hunt, when not to hunt, and when the conditions are ideal for you.

Here are when conditions or scenarios improve in favor of the bowhunter.

  • Temperature swings (up or down) frequently put deer on the move. Checking the weather forecast and predicting temperature-induced movement is an excellent method for filling deer tags.
  • Non-frontal weather phenomena, such as pop-up showers and storms, will also cause deer to relocate. (1)
  • When the barometer reaches 30, deer move the most. Barometric pressure studies are somewhat contradictory, but the majority appear to indicate that deer do respond to this environmental component.
  • Deer, especially mature bucks, appear to move best when the wind is on their side.
  • Deer move best in the early morning and late afternoon.
  • When the moon is directly overhead or underfoot, they usually rise up and feed more heavily than when it is in other positions.

If you simply enjoy deer hunting when the season is open, get out there and have some fun. If your main goal is to enjoy creation, don’t be concerned about biological, environmental, or other scientific issues. Simply go when you wish. You may check here some bow hunting deer tips.

Not everyone has the privilege of going hunting whenever they want. You must go when your personal and professional schedules allow. The most essential thing is to get out there whenever possible.

Hunting Regulations and Hours

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The following are some of the Wisconsin hunting rules enacted by state law to regulate hunting activities:

Distance Restriction

It is unlawful to hunt game or discharge a hunting firearm within 500 yards of public spaces such as highways, public roads, and other public areas in Wisconsin. Shotguns with more than four shots, muzzle rifles, and firearms with a caliber of 40 or higher are among the hunting firearms that are prohibited.

Wisconsin’s distance restriction hunting regulation mostly affects deer hunting. In every section of the state, any deer hunting or gaming activity within the 50-yard restriction is illegal. This statute was passed by the Wisconsin state legislature to address safety issues. (2)

Hunting Permission

Capturing, hunting, destroying, killing, or injuring a game on someone else’s land or property without authorization from the landowner or someone acting in his or her place is illegal. The sole exemption to this rule is if you are accompanied by the landowner or are a guest of the landowner while hunting.

Archery parks in Wisconsin offer a variety of shooting targets and distances for archery season practice. You must be between the ages of 16 and 64 and have a valid Wisconsin hunting license before using an archery park.

Hunting Hours

Wisconsin’s hunting hours are regulated. Lawful hunting is only permitted during daylight hours, which are defined as 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.

Every hunter is responsible for knowing how to hunt properly, how to handle a weapon safely, and the restrictions that apply to the game he or she wishes to pursue. When a hunter is accompanied by a parent, guardian, or mentor, the parent, guardian, or mentor is responsible for teaching the hunter these skills.

Season Dates

The archery and crossbow season in Wisconsin runs from September 18 to January 9, but some metro units extend it until January 31.

Wisconsin Deer Seasons 
Archery and CrossbowSept. 18-Jan. 9
Disabled HuntersOct. 2-10
Youth DeerOct. 9-10
FirearmsNov. 20-28
MuzzleloaderNov. 29-Dec. 8
December AntlerlessDec. 9-12
Holiday HuntDec. 24-Jan. 1
Wisconsin Bear Seasons 
C, E, F Zones (No dogs)Sept. 8-Oct. 12
Dog-Permitted ZonesSept. 8-14 (dogs only)
Sept. 15th -Oct. 5th (dogs and bait)
Sept. 6-12 (bait only)
Wisconsin Turkey Seasons 
Fall General SeasonZones 1-5: Sept. 18-Jan. 9
Zones 6-7: Sept. 18-Nov. 19
Wisconsin Small Game Seasons 
Cottontail RabbitNorthern zone: Sept. 18-Feb. 28
Southern zone: Oct. 16-Feb. 28
Milwaukee County: Open Season
SquirrelSept. 18-Jan. 31
PheasantOct. 16-Jan. 9
QuailOct. 16-Dec. 8
Ruffed GrouseZone A: Sept. 18-Jan. 9
Zone B: Oct. 16-Dec. 8
Hungarian PartridgeOct. 16-Jan. 9**

Wisconsin hunting seasons have different bag limits, special seasons, and hunting rules depending on the animal and season. Visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website for more information on obtaining licenses, permits, and restrictions.

(1) wheather phenomena – https://interestingengineering.com/15-unusual-weather-phenomena-that-are-hard-to-come-across
(2) legislature – https://www.britannica.com/topic/legislature

Andy Ryan is the founder of ArcheryPower and has been in the archery industry for many years. He is an instructor and maintains a certification. His mission is helping more and more people each year with archery and bow hunting.

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