Public hunting is available in designated Wildlife Areas in the Dane County Park System. Requirements are very similar to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources public hunting areas. Some Wildlife Areas have additional rules which are posted on the parks website and on an informational kiosk at the public access point for each property. Hunters should check the parks website before visiting for a complete list of rules and use requirements.
Dane 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.
Wildlife Area boundaries
Wildlife Areas are boundary-signed with the following Dane County Parks Hunting Area signs:
Rules and regulations
Please see the websites below for information on public hunting opportunities on state or federal lands.
Application Registration: 7/19/2021 - 8/16/2021
Lottery Selection on 8/17/2021
All permits will be mailed out once lottery winners are chosen and applicants purchase their permit online. There is no office pickup.
Dane County Parks offers an Archery Permit Lottery Program to award a Limited Access Archery Permit to hunt deer and turkey in select county parks. The lottery includes an online application process and computer-generated random lottery drawing to select permit winners. The program began in 2001 and has expanded to include a majority of the county park properties. Archers have an opportunity for a unique quality recreational experience while helping to manage deer and turkey numbers
There are specific rules that apply to this program. Please read through these rules before applying for a permit.
Dane County Parks currently has one Limited Access Trapping Permit for ~22 acres at McCarthy County Park that is available on a first-come first-served basis at the Dane County Parks Office.
Permit Application Information