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 - view Overview Map (PDF). Archers have an opportunity for a unique quality recreational experience while helping to manage deer and turkey numbers. View our list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding archery.
There are specific rules that apply to this program. Please read through these rules before applying for a permit. Note, if you applied last year and were not selected for a permit you will have increased odds of being selected for the upcoming year.
All permits will be mailed out once lottery winners are chosen and applicants purchase their permit online. There is no office pickup.
August 29, 2023 – all archery permits for 2023 have been SOLD. The next lottery will begin in July 2024. Thank you for your interest in the Archery Permit Program Lottery.
Applications for the 2023 Limited Access Archery Permits will be accepted online from Monday, July 10, 2023 through Monday, August 7, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.
The first drawing will be Tuesday, August 8, 2023. Successful applicants will be notified via email. Access permits must be purchased online (winners will be sent information via email) by 4:00 p.m. by Monday, August 21, 2023, or will be forfeited and entered into a second drawing. All permits will be mailed out once lottery winners are chosen and applicants purchase their permit online. There is no office pickup.
Second Drawing (if required)
A second drawing will occur on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 for any permits which are unclaimed after the deadline. All applicants who did not receive a permit in the first drawing will automatically be entered into the second drawing. Successful applicants will be notified via email. Second Drawing permits must be purchased online (winners will be sent information via email) by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, or will be forfeited. All permits will be mailed out once lottery winners are chosen and applicants purchase their permit online. There is no office pickup.
Remaining permits (if any) will be available for purchase on a first-come first-served basis by calling the Parks Office at (608) 224-3730 on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 starting at 8:00 a.m. Permits must be purchased online (winners will be sent information via email). Remaining properties and # of available permits will be posted on the Archery Hunting webpage for you to review before calling. All permits will be mailed out once lottery winners are chosen and applicants purchase their permit online. There is no office pickup.
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Non-hunting park patrons have the right to utilize the entire park on and off trails. Hunters must use care and be safety-conscious at all times. County parklands are open for dog walking. Dog owners are required to have their dogs under control and leashed unless they are within a designated off-leash Dog Park. Hunters MAY encounter dogs off-leash. If you encounter rule violations or become aware of an issue, please contact the Dane County Parks Office at (608) 224-3730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.