Hunting at Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area
The 32,000-acre Horicon Marsh is divided into the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area (managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). The two areas have different hunting regulations and different season dates. You are responsible for knowing and abiding by these regulations.
All federal and state hunting regulations are in effect. You must comply with the Wisconsin hunting regulations. Printed regulation pamphlets are available at the DNR Horicon service center and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge office/visitor center.
Hunting the state wildlife area
All current statewide hunting regulations apply to this wildlife area. Horicon Marsh is in Dodge County in the southern farmland deer zone and in turkey management Zone 2. The 12 p.m. closure rule applies for hunting ring-necked pheasant. Development and management of this property are principally funded by hunting and trapping license fees.
Migratory bird hunting
State property closed areas
Two areas within the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area are closed to all hunting (See hunting map ):
- Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Refuge — The area surrounding the Horicon Field Station and Quick's Point, located on Palmatory Street.
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Service Center and Bachhuber Flowage — Located off State Highway 28 between Mayville and Horicon.
Within these areas, firearms must be unloaded and encased. Bows must be encased or unstrung.
State property restricted areas
Four posted areas within the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area have restricted hunting (see labeled areas on map ):
- Burnett Impoundment (Map area A ) — Closed to all hunting during the waterfowl season, except deer during the gun deer season. Legally killed or crippled game may be retrieved by dog or hand.
- Four Mile Island, Cotton Island and Buffer Zone (Map area B ) — No entry into wildlife refuge from April 1 to Sept. 15; open thereafter.
- Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area Closed Area (Map area C ) — An expanded area around the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Refuge is closed to migratory bird hunting. Legally killed or crippled game may be retrieved by dog or hand. Portions of this area may be open during the Early September Goose Season. Boundaries are as posted.
- Waterfowl Retrieval Zone (see map key ) — No hunting except deer during the gun deer season is allowed in this zone, which buffers the boundary line between the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. Legally killed or crippled game may be retrieved by dog or hand.
State property prohibited activities
In addition to the prohibited activities listed in the Wisconsin hunting regulations pamphlets, there are additional activities prohibited on the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area:
- No overnight camping or parking, and open fires;
- No unleashed dogs from April 15 to July 31;
- No blocking access to gates with vehicles; and
- No horses.
Due to dangerous weather conditions, the Jack Nugent memorial disabled waterfowl blind is closed until further notice.
Hunting the national wildlife refuge
- Ring-necked pheasant (12 p.m. closure rules apply);
- Deer (archery and gun);
- Gray partridge;
- Cottontail rabbit; and
The refuge is not open to mourning dove hunting.
Refuge areas closed to all hunting
Three areas within the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge are closed to all hunting.
- Observation area — Located near the intersection of State Highway 49 and County Trunk Z.
- Refuge office/visitor center area — Located off County Trunk Z.
- Bud Cook Hiking Area — Located on the east side of Point Road.
Refuge restricted areas
- Highway 49 hiking trails area (Map area D ) — Closed to all hunting except during gun deer season.
- Area between Point Road and Lehner Ditch Road (Map Area E ) — Closed to all hunting, except for special permit hunts during archery and gun deer seasons.
- Area on west side (Map area F ) — Closed to all hunting, except for special youth hunt during pheasant season.
Refuge prohibited activities
Besides the prohibited activities listed in the Wisconsin hunting regulations pamphlets, there are additional activities prohibited on the Federal Refuge:
- No waterfowl hunting;
- No boating;
- No construction or use of permanent blinds, platforms or scaffolds (all items including portable stands must be removed each night);
- No scouting;
- No blocking access to refuge gates with vehicles;
- No overnight camping, parking or fires in any form;
- No damaging trees;
- No shining to locate or take wildlife;
- No ATVs, other motorized vehicles or horses;
- You must vacate refuge and parking lot no later than one hour after legal hunting hours;
- No toxic shot when hunting small game; and
- No baiting.
Hunters may use dogs for hunting small game. Hunters may use bicycles during archery and gun deer seasons.
Report all injuries and accidents to the refuge office.
For further information, contact the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge , W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville, WI 53050, 920-387-2658. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday in the fall, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Deaf/hard of hearing individuals may reach Horicon refuge through Wisconsin Relay Service at 800-947-3529 (v/tty).