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Season and permit deadlines

A calendar of upcoming hunting, trapping and fishing seasons and permit application deadlines.

* 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.

August 1

  • Deadline to apply for wolf, bobcat, fisher and otter permits.
  • Deadline to apply for Upriver Winnebago system sturgeon spearing season.*

August 17

  • Fall bonus wild turkey harvest authorizations will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Turkey permit availability will be posted on the wild turkey page of the DNR website.

August 19, 20, 21 & 22

  • Where available, bonus unit-specific antlerless deer tags for regular deer management units with a quota go on sale at 10 a.m. Tags can be purchased at the rate of one permit, per person, per day until the unit is sold out or the hunting season ends.

August 20

  • Deadline for successful applicants to transfer Class A Bear License to a youth hunter.

August 31

  • Bear dog training by pursuing bear closes. It is illegal to train dogs from April 15 through July 31 on DNR lands, unless dogs are on a leash no longer than 8 feet, except for Class 1 field trail grounds or for bear dog training on DNR lands other than state parks after July 1.*
Contact information
For information on DNR calendars contact:
Paul Holtan,
Communications specialist
608-267-7517