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Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Richard Bong State Recreation Area is designated a Managed Hunt property. A $1 daily Managed Hunt Permit is required to hunt all species, except pheasant. When the property office is open, the permit may be purchased at the office. All other times, self-registration boxes must be used to pay the daily $1 Managed Hunt fee. Rifles and all firearms are allowed for hunting at Richard Bong. Target shooting and sighting-in firearms are prohibited.

Please check all hunting regulations. All hunters need a Wisconsin hunting license and stamp applicable to the species being hunted and a vehicle admission sticker. You must purchase prior to hunting. Refer to page 2 of the Richard Bong Hunting Map for property-specific hunting regulations. Call 262-878-5601 for hunting times and questions specific to the property, including questions about the universal hunting blind. 

Waterfowl Hunting

Waterfowl hunting south of Highway 142 must be from a blind or post. Jump shooting is only allowed north of Highway 142. Blinds, posts and jump shooting areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis or by reservation. The number of hunters allowed on the property is limited.

When waterfowl hunters arrive to hunt, there will be a clipboard located at the kiosk at the entrance station parking lot. If you have a reservation, your name will be listed. Proceed to your blind. If you do not have a reservation, list your name at the blind, post or jump shooting spot you will be using, then proceed. All hunters must pay the $1 daily hunting fee.

Reservations for Waterfowl Hunting

Reservations are for the entire day and will be handled online. Each hunter may only make 5 reservations for the entire season. The fee is $3 per reservation. Blind/post hunter capacity is 2 people. Please take all litter and spent shells with you when you vacate a blind.

For the 2023 season, reservations will be accepted starting Aug. 1, 2023. To make a reservation, complete form 2300-110, making sure your name, address, daytime phone number and email address are listed and legible. Send the completed form to Richard Bong via email, mail to the property office, or drop off at the property. If applying via email, you will be called and asked for your credit card number to pay the $3 reservation fee for each reservation.

Richard Bong Hunting Reservation Application

  • Reservation applications must be received no later than Aug. 27, 2023, to be included in the drawing.
  • The drawing will be held on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023.
  • When approved, reservation(s) will be confirmed via email.

Richard Bong Hunting Reservation Application Form (2300-110). (This form can be filled out by computer and then printed, If you are having problems opening the form link, see PDF help); or try the:

Pheasant Hunting

Richard Bong State Recreation Area is a Hen and Rooster Hunting Area. Managed Hunt Daily Pheasant Hunting Permits are required. Pheasant Permits must be purchased from the attendant at the office.  

  • During Stocking - Pheasant $12 Adult / $7 Junior
  • After Stocking - Pheasant $5 per day

Hunters must fill in their Customer ID# on the Pheasant Permit. Harvested pheasant must be immediately validated by slitting the Pheasant Permit where indicated. Richard Bong Hunting permits are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

During pheasant season, there will be lines for hunters to purchase permits. To help the lines go faster so hunters can get to the field, we recommend purchasing and displaying an annual vehicle admission sticker before arriving at the property.  

All appropriate Wisconsin hunting licenses, stamps and permits are required per statewide regulations. Pheasant Hunting Hours and daily bag limits are:

  • Opening Day - 9 a.m. to small game regulations - one of either sex
  • Second day of season - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -  one of either sex
  • Third day to close of season - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - two of either sex

Dove hunting

There are no reservations available for dove hunting. A sign-up sheet on a clipboard will be available at the kiosk at the entrance station. When you arrive to hunt, list your name on the blind you will be using.

Small Game and Deer Hunting

Hunting hours at Richard Bong may differ from the regulations. Know the hunting hours and locations specific to this property.