When Does Archery Season Open in Wisconsin?

When Does Archery Season Open in Wisconsin?

The arrival of autumn in Wisconsin brings about not only a beautiful display of vibrant foliage but also the much-anticipated archery season.

Bowhunters across the state eagerly prepare their gear and refine their skills, waiting for the opening day of the season to pursue their passion.

In this article, we will outline key dates, regulations, and essential information for both seasoned archers and newcomers to the sport.

Our comprehensive guide will ensure that you're well-equipped and informed for a successful and enjoyable archery season in America's Dairyland.

Archery Season Dates

Please note that the information provided here is based on data available up until September 2021, and dates and regulations are subject to change. Always consult the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or their official website for the most current and accurate information on archery season dates.

The archery season dates in Wisconsin typically follow this pattern:

Deer Archery Season:

  • The deer archery season usually begins in mid-September and runs until the first weekend in January of the following year.

Turkey Archery Season:

  • Spring Turkey: Early April through late May
  • Fall Turkey: Mid-September through early January

General Season Dates for Various Game Species

General hunting season dates for various game species in Wisconsin typically follow this pattern:


  • Archery: Mid-September through the first weekend in January
  • Gun: Late November for nine days
  • Muzzleloader: Early December for ten days


  • Spring: Early April through late May
  • Fall: Mid-September through early January


  • Early September through mid-October

Small Game:

  • Squirrel: Early September through late January
  • Rabbit: Early October through late February
  • Grouse: Early October through late January
  • Pheasant: Early October through late December

Migratory Birds:

  • Specific dates vary depending on the species; consult the Wisconsin DNR for details

Wisconsin Hunting License Requirements

All hunters in Wisconsin, both residents and non-residents, are required to have a valid hunting license before participating in hunting activities.

License types depend on the hunter's age, residency status, and the species being hunted. Additional permits or stamps may be needed for certain game species, such as deer, turkey, and waterfowl.

Youth hunters under the age of 12 are not required to have a hunting license but must be accompanied by a licensed adult.

Hunters born on or after January 1, 1973, must complete a Hunter Education course and carry proof of completion while hunting.

Hunting licenses can be purchased online through the Wisconsin DNR website, at authorized sales locations, or by phone.

Legal Equipment and Shooting Hours

Legal hunting equipment in Wisconsin varies based on the game species and hunting season. For archery, longbows, recurve bows, compound bows, and crossbows are generally allowed.

Firearms like shotguns, rifles, and muzzleloaders are permitted for certain game species during their respective seasons, but there may be caliber or shot size restrictions.

Shooting hours for hunting in Wisconsin are typically from 30 minutes before official sunrise to 20 minutes after official sunset. Exceptions may apply for certain species or hunting methods, so it's important to consult the Wisconsin DNR for specific regulations.

For the most current information on legal hunting equipment and shooting hours, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' official website at https://dnr.wisconsin