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Wisconsin is a great state if you like to hunt fish or camp. This state is known for the whitetail deer hunting although there are many species of game to hunt. Hunting location map

The regions are divided into counties
Info includes size, location, principal wildlife, and habitat.
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Adams County

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Colburn Wildlife Area
Size: 4,965 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 13 miles northeast of Friendship, access from Co. Hwy C.
Principal Wildlife: Ruffed grouse, deer, rabbits, ducks, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Hiking, fishing.
Habitat: Marsh, forest, brush.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ Lawrence Creek State Natural Area
961acres
Deer, Small Game, Grouse, Waterfowl
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Leola Marsh Wildlife Area
Size: 1,860 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 15 miles southeast of Wisconsin Rapids; access from Co. Hwys D and W.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, rabbits, prairie chickens, raptors.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, hiking.
Habitat: Upland grasslands.

Adams County Public Access Lands     _________________________________________________________________________________

Columbia County

  _________________________________________________________________________________________________ French Creek Wildlife Area
Size: 3,176 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 6 miles northeast of Portage on Hwy. F. Disjunct ownership in towns of Fort Winnebago and Marcellon in Columbia County and town of Buffalo in Marquette County.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, deer, turkeys, furbearers, squirrels, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Fishing, birdwatching, berry picking.
Habitat: Marsh, forest.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pine Island Wildlife Area
Size: 5,043 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Just west of Portage on Levee Road off Hwy. 33.
Principal Wildlife: Geese, ducks, turkeys, squirrels, deer, pheasants, ruffed grouse, furbearers, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Canoeing and boating on Wisconsin River, dog training, hiking, fishing.
Habitat: Marsh, forest, river.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Swan Lake Wildlife Area
Size: 1,679 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 1 mile east of Portage off Hwy. P.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, deer, furbearers, rabbits, squirrels, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, timber, cropland.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Peter Helland Wildlife Area
Size: 2,997 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 6 miles east of Pardeeville on Hwy. P.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, deer, rabbits, furbearers, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, berry picking, canoeing.
Habitat: Marsh, upland grasslands, stream.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dekorra Public Hunting Grounds - map
Size: 242 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 8 miles northwest of Poynette off of Hwy. V just west of Interstate 90/94.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, deer, furbearers, squirrels.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, berry picking.
Habitat: Marsh, farmland.

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Hinkson Creek Fishery Area - map
Size: 160 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 3 miles west from Poynette on Hwy. CS, then north on Hwy. J 3/4 mile to Kent Road. Go 1 mile east on Kent Rd. to Branton Rd., then north.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, rabbits, furbearers, waterfowl, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing.
Habitat: Wetland, lowland hardwood timber, stream.

    __________________________________________________________________________________________ Rowan Creek Fishery Area - map
Size: 629 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 1 mile east of Poynette on Hwy. 51 and 2 miles west of Poynette on Hwy CS.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, squirrels, grouse, furbearers, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, hiking, cross-country skiing, trout fishing.
Habitat: Wetland, stream, lowland hardwood timber.

    _________________________________________________________________________________ Rocky Run Creek Fishery Area - map
Size: 710 acres, all state-owned.
Location: From Rio, take Hwy. B west 6 miles to Dunning Road, then north 1/2 mile to access point.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, turkeys, rabbits, squirrels, ruffed grouse, furbearers, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, forest, cropland, stream.

    _________________________________________________________________________________ Mud Lake Wildlife Area
Size: 2,139 acres, all state-owned. - map
Location: South of Rio 1 mile on Hwy. C, then west on Drake Road 1 mile.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, pheasants, deer, squirrels, rabbits, furbearers, sandhill cranes, herons.
Other Recreation: Canoeing, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, potholes, forest, grassland fields.

  _________________________________________________________________________________ Duck Creek Public Hunting Grounds - map
Size: 159 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Four miles east of Wyocena on Hwy. G, south side of G, section 21 town of Springvale.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, pheasants, furbearers.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, hiking.
Habitat: Grassland, stream.

    _________________________________________________________________________________ Jennings Creek Wildlife Area
Size: 530 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Head north out of Rio on Hwy. SS 2 miles to Jennings Road, then east on Jennings less than 2 miles to Ludwig Road, then continue to Jennings Creek.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, woodcock, furbearers, ducks, rabbits, squirrels, turkeys, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing.
Habitat: Forest, marsh.

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Grassy Lake Wildlife Area
Size: 695 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 3 miles southeast of Rio on Hwy. 16. Take Erdman Road or Fischer Road off Hwy. 16.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, pheasants, rabbits, furbearers, deer, squirrels, sandhill cranes, herons, egrets.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, berry picking.
Habitat: Marsh, farmland, forest.

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Paradise Marsh Wildlife Area
Size: 1,496 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Go south of Randolph 1 mile on Hwy. 73 to Hwy. G. Go west on G 3 miles to wildlife area.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, squirrels, deer, rabbits, furbearers, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, hiking.
Habitat: Marsh, potholes, stream, grassland.

  _________________________________________________________________________________ Lodi Marsh Wildlife Area
Size: 1,207 acres, (1,070 owned, 137 leased).
Location: 2 miles southwest of Lodi on Hwy. Y.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, ducks, woodcock, furbearers, deer, squirrels, turkeys.
Other Recreation: Hiking, berry picking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Grassland, marsh, stream, woodlots.

    _________________________________________________________________________________ Hampden Wetland Public Hunting Grounds - map
Size: 227 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Take Hwy. 60, 6 miles west from Columbus to Hwy. A, then south on A 4 miles to Arnold Road.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, deer.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, potholes, lowland timber.

Columbia County Public Acess Lands  

Green Lake County

 

  White River Marsh Wildlife Area
Size: 11,093 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 3 miles north of Princeton on Hwy. D.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, waterfowl, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, furbearers, sandhill cranes, red foxes, herons, hawks, wild turkeys.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, berry and nut picking, fishing, canoeing. Two canoe landings.
Habitat: Brush and grass wetland, scattered woodlots, small wetland restorations and farmland.

Green Lake County Public Access lands  

Juneau County

    _________________________________________________________________________________ Dell Creek Wildlife Area
Size: 2,125 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 7 miles northeast of Reedsburg on Hwy. H.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse, squirrels, woodcock, rabbits, turkeys.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing, hiking.
Habitat: Stream, forest, farmland.

    _________________________________________________________________________________ Meadow Valley
Size: 57,612 acres, (1,212 owned, 56,400 leased from federal government).
Location: 10 miles west of Necedah and 5 miles southwest of Babcock.
Principal Wildlife: Grouse, deer, squirrels, waterfowl, rabbits, raccoon, turkeys, sandhill cranes, Karner blue butterfly.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, berry picking.
Habitat: Marsh, forest, lakes, open fields.

Juneau County Public access Lands  

Marathon County

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McMillan Marsh Wildlife Area
Size: 5,759 acres, (4,117 owned, 1,642 leased).
Location: 1 mile north of Marshfield and 3 miles southeast of Spencer. Access from Hwys. C, E and F.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, grouse, pheasants, deer, rabbits, woodcock, raptors.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching, trapping.
Habitat: Marsh, forested lowland.

    _________________________________________________________________________________ Mead (George W.) Wildlife Area
Size: 28,500 acres, (28,208 owned, 292 leased).
Location: 11 miles southwest of Mosinee; Hwy. S bisects property. Access also from Hwys. C, M, H and O.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, deer, grouse, woodcock, squirrels, rabbits, raptors, trumpeter swans.
Other Recreation: Trapping, hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: River, marsh, brush, forest.

   

Marquette County

    Mecan River System Fishery Area - map
Size: 6,007 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 8 miles north of Harrisville on Hwy. B.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, squirrels, ruffed grouse, turkeys, woodcocks, furbearers, rabbits.
Other Recreation: Fishing.
Habitat: Spring pond, marsh, fields, forest.

    _________________________________________________________________________________ Mecan River Wildlife Area - map
Size: 740 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 11 miles north of Montello on Hwy. 22.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, rabbits, squirrels, ruffed grouse, turkeys, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing, canoeing.
Habitat: Stream, forested upland, clearings.

    _________________________________________________________________________________ Lawrence Creek Wildlife Area
Size: 961 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 4 miles west of Westfield on Eagle Avenue.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, squirrels, ruffed grouse, turkeys, wood ducks, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing, berry picking, birdwatching, hiking.
Habitat: Stream, timbered upland.

  _________________________________________________________________________________ Caves Creek Fishery Area - map
Size: 650 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles northeast of Westfield off of Seventh Road.
Principal Wildlife: Woodcock, ruffed grouse, deer, turkeys, rabbits, squirrels, furbearers, raptors.
Other Recreation: Fishing, birdwatching, berry picking.
Habitat: Stream, forest.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ Germania Marsh Wildlife Area
Size: 2,393 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 1/2 mile north of Germania on Hwy. N.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, rabbits, furbearers, deer, squirrel, ruffed grouse, woodcock, turkey.
Other Recreation: Three boat landings, canoeing, berry picking, birdwatching, hiking.
Habitat: Marsh, river, brush, flowage, woodlots.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ Grand River Marsh Wildlife Area
Size: 6,913 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 3 miles west of Kingston on Hwy. B.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, deer, turkeys, rabbits, pheasants, squirrels, furbearers, osprey, cormorant, herons, Forster's terns.
Other Recreation: Three boat landings, fishing, birdwatching, canoeing, berry and nut collecting.
Habitat: Marsh, farmland, woodlots, river.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ French Creek Wildlife Area
Size: 3,176 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 6 miles northeast of Portage on Hwy. F. Disjunct ownership in towns of Fort Winnebago and Marcellon in Columbia County and town of Buffalo in Marquette County.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, deer, turkeys, furbearers, squirrels, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Fishing, birdwatching, berry picking.
Habitat: Marsh, forest.

Marathon County Public Access Lands

 

Sauk County

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ Dell Creek Wildlife Area
Size: 2,125 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 7 miles northeast of Reedsburg on Hwy. H.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse, squirrels, woodcock, rabbits, turkeys.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing, hiking.
Habitat: Stream, forest, farmland.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ Pine Island Wildlife Area
Size: 5,043 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Just west of Portage on Levee Road off Hwy. 33.
Principal Wildlife: Geese, ducks, turkeys, squirrels, deer, pheasants, ruffed grouse, furbearers, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Canoeing and boating on Wisconsin River, dog training, hiking, fishing.
Habitat: Marsh, forest, river.

 
_________________________________________________________________________________________ Bear Creek Fishery Area - map
Size: 798 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 8 miles north of Lone Rock on Hwy. 130.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, waterfowl, raptors.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing.
Habitat: Marsh, farmland.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ White Mound County Park - map
Size: 1,092 acres, all state-owned, county managed.
Location: Take Hwy. 23 North of Spring Green. Turn west on Hwy. GG. Go about 1 1/2 miles.
Principal Wildlife: Ruffed grouse, deer, turkeys, squirrels.
Other Recreation: Camping, hiking, birdwatching, fishing.
Habitat: Lake, forest, cropland, brush.

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Bakkens Pond Unit- Lower WI State Riverway - map
Size: 2,678 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Four miles west of Spring Green on Kennedy Road.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, rabbits, deer, grouse, woodcock, furbearers, swans.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, fishing, canoeing. One boat launch.
Habitat: River, sloughs, marsh, floodplain forest.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ Cassel Prairie Unit- Lower WI State Riverway - map
Size: 400 acres, all state owned.
Location: 6 miles west of Sauk City off Hwy. 60.
Principal Wildlife: Bald eagles, waterfowl, furbearers, rabbits, deer, turkeys.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, fishing, prairie aesthetics.
Habitat: Prairie, floodplain forest, marsh.

Sauk County Public Access Lands  

Portage County

  _________________________________________________________________________________________ Mead (George W.) Wildlife Area Eastern Section Map Western Section Map
Size: 28,500 acres, (28,208 owned, 292 leased).
Location: 11 miles southwest of Mosinee; Hwy. S bisects property. Access also from Hwys. C, M, H and O.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, deer, grouse, woodcock, squirrels, rabbits, raptors, trumpeter swans.
Other Recreation: Trapping, hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: River, marsh, brush, forest.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ Dewey Marsh Wildlife Area
Size: 5,677 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 6 miles north of Stevens Point. Access from Co. Hwy X and Hay Meadow Rd. Hay Meadow Creek runs through site.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse, rabbits, squirrels.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, brush, forest.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ Little Wolf River Fishery Area - map
340 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 5 miles northeast of Rosholt. Access from Hwy. 49.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing.
Habitat: Cropland, brushy wooded upland, densely wooded streambanks.

  _________________________________________________________________________________________ Bradley Creek Fishery Area - map
Size: 378 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 3 miles northeast of Rosholt. Access from Hwy. 49.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse, squirrels.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing.
Habitat: Stream, brush, forest.

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Paul J. Olson Wildlife Area
1,650 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Parcel 1 is 4 miles west of Rudolph on Hwy. M in Wood County; Parcel 2 is 3 miles north of Rudolph on Hwy. C in Portage County.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, squirrels, grouse, raptors, prairie chickens.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, hiking, berry picking.
Habitat: Forest, brush, grassland.

  _________________________________________________________________________________________ Richard J. Hemp Fishery Area - map
Size: 1,221 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 3 miles north of Nelsonville; access from Hwys. ZZ and Z.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, squirrels, ruffed grouse, Karner blue butterflies.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing, hiking.
Habitat: Rolling woodland, brushy, stream bottoms, farmland.

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Buena Vista Wildlife Area
Size: 11,340 acres, (6,940 owned, 4,400 leased).
Location: 10 miles east of Wisconsin Rapids on Hwy. W and 4 miles south of Plover; scattered parcels.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, woodcock, grouse, rabbits, prairie chickens, raptors.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching, trout fishing.
Habitat: Grassland, woodlots.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ Emmons Creek Fishery Area - map
Size: 1,470 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 8 miles northeast of Almond on Hwy. D. Access from Fountain Lake Road. Site near Hartman Creek State Park.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse, squirrels, turkeys, Karner blue butterflies.
Other Recreation: Fishing, hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Stream, brush, forest.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ Spring Green Unit- Lower WI State Riverway
Size: 600 acres, all state owned.
Location: West and east of Spring Green off Hwy. 23.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, furbearers, rabbits, deer, turkeys.
Other Recreation: Canoeing, fishing. One boat launch.
Habitat: Floodplain forest, wet prairie.

Portage County Public Access Lands  

Wood County

  _________________________________________________________________________________________ Mead (George W.) Wildlife Area
Size: 28,500 acres, (28,208 owned, 292 leased).
Location: 11 miles southwest of Mosinee; Hwy. S bisects property. Access also from Hwys. C, M, H and O.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, deer, grouse, woodcock, squirrels, rabbits, raptors, trumpeter swans.
Other Recreation: Trapping, hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: River, marsh, brush, forest.

  _________________________________________________________________________________________ Paul J. Olson Wildlife Area
1,650 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Parcel 1 is 4 miles west of Rudolph on Hwy. M in Wood County; Parcel 2 is 3 miles north of Rudolph on Hwy. C in Portage County.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, squirrels, grouse, raptors, prairie chickens.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, hiking, berry picking.
Habitat: Forest, brush, grassland.

  _________________________________________________________________________________________ Sandhill Wildlife Area
Size: 9,455 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 1 mile northwest of Babcock; access from Hwys. X and 54.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, waterfowl, squirrels, ruffed grouse, woodcock, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, buffalo, Karner blue butterfly.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching, berry picking.
Habitat: Marsh, forest.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________ Wood County Wildlife Area
Size: 19,303 acres, (959 owned, 18,344 leased).
Location: 1 mile southwest of Babcock; access from Co. Hwy X and St. Hwy 173.
Principal Wildlife: Ducks, grouse, deer, rabbits, squirrels, woodcock, sandhill cranes, sharp-tail grouse, Karner blue butterflies.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, hiking, berry picking.
Habitat: Marsh, forest.

Wood County Public Access Lands  
 

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