Dane County Wildlife Areas - Open to Public Hunting
County Wildlife Areas are sites designated by the Dane County Park Commission as open to public hunting (all types), and other activities such as fishing, hiking and cross country skiing. Trapping is only allowed on sites that are required to be open for hunting and trapping by the WDNR Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program. Please visit the Parks Wildlife Areas webpage for more information.
State & Federal Lands within Dane County
Archery Limited Access Permits
Application Registration: 7/25/2016 - 8/21/2016; Lottery Selection on 8/24/2016
Dane County Parks has offered limited access archery hunting for Deer and Turkey in select county parks since 2001. Over the years the Park Commission has expanded the program to include a majority of the county park properties. Archers have the opportunity for a unique quality recreational experience while helping to manage the deer and turkey numbers within the county. Dane County Parks is planning to work in partnership with the WI DNR through participation in the Deer Management Assistance Program. Our goal is to maintain the balance of having healthy deer and healthy habitat on our properties.
There are specific rules that apply to this program. Please read through these rules before applying for a permit.
Trapping Limited Access Program
Dane County Parks has one Limited Access Trapping Permit for ~22 acres at McCarthy County Park that will be made available through an online lottery system. Applicants may register online in October 2016 for the single trapping permit. The permit is valid for the first Monday in November through February 15th. Due to the small size of this property, only one permit will be issued. The permit will be selected through a random lottery drawing on October 20, 2015. The winner will be notified via email. The winner must secure a permit in person at the Parks office, by 4:00 pm on October 28, 2016 or the permit will forfeited and a second drawing will be held. If the permit is still available after the second drawing, it will be available on a first come first served basis at the Parks office.