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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. To find wildlife areas and public hunting lands and grounds
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The regions are divided into counties
Info includes size, location, principal wildlife, and habitat.

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Northwoods

 

Florence County

     

Pine-Popple Wild Rivers

Size: 5,194 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 4 miles north of fence off Hwy. 101.
Principal Wildlife: Grouse, deer, bald eagle, osprey.
Other Recreation: Kayaking and canoeing.
Habitat: Stream, upland forest.

 

Spread Eagle Barrens State Natural Area

Size: 4,338 acres, all leased.
Location: 8 miles southeast of Florence. Access off Hwy. 2.
Principal Wildlife: Grouse, deer, upland plovers, bald eagles.
Other Recreation: Hiking and snowmobile trails.
Habitat: Rolling forested upland.

   

Forest County

   
Forest County-Size: 1,757 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 6 miles northwest of Crandon. Access from Hwys. S and 8.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, furbearers, deer, loons, bald eagles, osprey.
Other Recreation: Fishing, picnicking, canoeing, wild rice harvesting, birdwatching.
Habitat: Lake, marsh.

   

Iron County

 
Underwood Wildlife Area-Size: 1,602 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Take Hwy. 51 9 miles north of Mercer to Hwy. G, then 4 miles east to Bass Lake Road, north 3 miles; parking available on roadway.
Principal Wildlife: Ruffed grouse, deer, woodcock, snowshoe hares, bears, timber wolves.
Other Recreation: Hiking.
Habitat: Forested upland, cedar swamp.

   
Hay Creek-Hoffman Lake
Size: 13,424 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 8 miles northeast of Park Falls or take Hwy. 182 east to FR153 north; unlimited undeveloped parking.
Principal Wildlife: Ruffed grouse, deer, woodcock, bears, loons, waterfowl, beavers, otters, fishers, coyotes, bobcat, muskrats, ospreys, eagles, timber wolves.
Other Recreation: Berry picking, hiking, cross-country skiing.
Habitat: Upland forest, conifers, stream, lake, swamp.

Langlade County

     
Ackley Wildlife Area-Size: 1,158 acres, plus 20,000 acres of county lands managed to complement the state ownership.
Location: 11 miles west of Antigo or 14 miles east of Merrill on Hwy. 64.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock, waterfowl, sandhill cranes, ducks, geese.
Other Recreation: Hiking, wildlife watching (observation towers and boardwalks at nearby Bitzke Birdwalk), snowmobiling, berry picking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Timber, marsh, grasslands, flowages.

   
Peters Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 1,681 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 10 miles northeast of Antigo on Hwy. A.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse, waterfowl, woodcock.
Other Recreation: Hiking (excellent unmarked trail system).
Habitat: Forest, openings, brushland, ponds.

   

Lincoln County

   
New Wood Wildlife Area-Size: 1,600 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 19 miles northwest of Merrill; take Hwy. E (north of Hwy. 64) 10 miles to Conservation Dr. Conservation Dr. leads to center of property.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse, snowshoe hare, timber wolves.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Cedar swamp, forested upland.

   
Bill Cross Rapids Wildlife Area-Size: 1,485 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 5 miles northwest of Merrill. Accesses off Hwy. 107 or Tesch Road.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock, snowshoe hare, waterfowl, bald eagles, furbearers.
Other Recreation: Hiking, berry picking, snowmowbiling, fishing.
Habitat: Forested uplands, shrub wetlands, ponds, Wisconsin River shore.

   

Marinette County

   
Dunbar State Natural Area-Size: 1,320 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 4 miles west of Dunbar off Hwy. 8.
Principal Wildlife: Grouse, deer, upland plovers.
Other Recreation: Hiking and berry picking.
Habitat: Forest openings.

   
Miscauno Wildlife Area-Size: 635 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 7 miles southeast of Pembine off Hwy. 2.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse.
Other Recreation: Observing rare plants.
Habitat: Coniferous swamp, forested upland.

   
Town Corner Wildlife Area-Size: 904 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 6 miles northwest of Amberg.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, grouse, snowshoe hares.
Other Recreation: Hiking, wildlife observation.
Habitat: Coniferous swamp, forested upland.

 
Pike Wild River-Size: 3,646 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 1/2 mile southwest and northeast of Amberg.
Principal Wildlife: Grouse, deer.
Other Recreation: Canoeing and kayaking.
Habitat: Northern hardwood upland, forested lowland, trout stream.

 
Amberg Wildlife Area-Size: 1,150 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 6 miles southwest of Amberg.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, ruffed grouse, snowshoe hares, forest songbirds.
Other Recreation: Hiking, berry picking.
Habitat: Coniferous swamp, forested upland.

 
Lake Noquebay Wildlife Area-Size: 1,300 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 13 miles northeast of Crivitz. Access off Hwys. X and W.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, ruffed grouse, deer.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, forest, uplands.

   
Beaver Creek Fishery Area -Size: 1,080 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles northwest of Pound. Access off Hwy. P.
Principal Wildlife: Ruffed grouse, woodcock, deer.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing.
Habitat: Stream, uplands.

   
Seagull Bar State Natural Area-Size: 90 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 1 mile southeast of Marinette.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, shorebirds.
Other Recreation: Walking and birdwatching.
Habitat: Bay shore dunes, marshes.
   
Peshtigo Harbor Unit- Green Bay West Shores
-Size: 3,660 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 5 miles southeast of Peshtigo.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, ruffed grouse, rabbits, deer, squirrels.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching, fishing.
Habitat: River, marsh, forested uplands.

   

Oconto County

   
Peshtigo Brook Wildlife Area-Size: 2,200 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 10 miles west of Pound, south of Hwy. 64.
Principal Wildlife: Ruffed grouse, deer, squirrels.
Other Recreation: Berry picking, hiking.
Habitat: Lowland swamp, forested ridges.

 
Oconto River Fishery Area (South-Branch)-Size: 541 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 3 miles northwest of Suring.
Principal Wildlife: Ruffed grouse, deer, squirrels, forest and wetland songbirds.
Other Recreation: Fishing, hunting, birdwatching.
Habitat: Stream, uplands.

 
Rush Point Unit- Green Bay West Shores-Size: 104 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 3 miles north of Oconto off Hwy. Y.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, deer, ruffed grouse, rabbits.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching.
Habitat: Wet cattail-sedge lowland marsh.

   
Oconto Marsh Unit- Green Bay West Shores-Size: 700 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 1 mile northeast of Oconto.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, furbearers, Forster terns, herons.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, hiking on dike.
Habitat: Wet marsh, diked flowage.

 
Pecor Point Unit- Green Bay West Shores-Size: 10 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles northeast of Pensaukee at the end of Pecor Point Road.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, rabbits.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching.
Habitat: Sedge marsh.

   
Pensaukee Unit- Green Bay West Shores-Size: 308 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 1 mile south of Pensaukee on Hwy. S.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, rabbits, squirrels, deer.
Other Recreation: Small boat launch for cartop boats or canoes.
Habitat: Marsh, lake.

   
Charles Pond Unit- Green Bay West Shores-Size: 125 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 9 miles southwest of Pensaukee.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl.
Other Recreation: Charles Pond is a State Natural Area used to monitor long term geological changes.
Habitat: Marsh.

 
Tibbett Suamico Unit- Green Bay West Shores-Size: 124 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 1 mile east of Little Suamico.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, waterfowl, ruffed grouse.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh and bottomland hardwood forest.

 

Oneida County

   
Thunder Lake Wildlife Area-Size: 3,000 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles northwest of Three Lakes; access from Hwy. 45.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, grouse, deer, sandhill cranes, peatland songbirds, bald eagle, osprey.
Other Recreation: Fishing, hiking, blueberry picking, snowmobile trail, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, lake.

   

Price County

   
Niebauer Springs Fishery Area-Size: 206 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 4 miles southwest of Lugerville.
Principal Wildlife: Ruffed grouse, deer, bald eagles.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing.
Habitat: Springs, forested upland.

   
Spring Creek Wildlife Area-Size: 1,000 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Take Hwy. 8 east to Hwy. 111, north to project access road or Hwy. 13 south to Hwy. 111, west to project access road (8 miles southwest of Phillips).
Principal Wildlife: Ducks, deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock, snowshoe hares, bears, northern pike fishery, loons, eagles.
Other Recreation: Berry picking, hiking, some fishing; includes established county snowmobile trail.
Habitat: Marsh, forested upland, coniferous swamp.

   
Kimberly Clark Wildlife Area-Size: 8,639 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Hwy. W to Price Lakes Road, 16 miles northwest of Phillips; small, unpaved parking sites at 6 walking trail gate sites.
Principal Wildlife: Sharp-tailed grouse, ruffed grouse, deer, woodcock, bears, waterfowl, coyotes, beavers, otters, muskrats, fishers, eagles, osprey, Canada geese.
Other Recreation: Berry picking, biking, hiking, established county snowmobile trail.
Habitat: Forest, marsh, brush, creek.

   

Taylor County

   
Pershing Creek Wildlife Area-Size: 7,686 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 4 miles north of Gilman; 2 units - one north of Hwy. M; one south of M.
Principal Wildlife: Sharp-tailed grouse, ducks, rabbits, deer, woodcock, eagles, osprey, geese, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, photography.
Habitat: Brush, forest, marsh.

   

Vilas County

 
Powell Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 4,096 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 10 miles north of Lac du Flambeau or 3 miles south of Manitowish Waters; access from Hwy. 47.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, deer, ruffed grouse, furbearers, raptors, shorebirds.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, hiking.
Habitat: Marsh, flowages, lakes.
       
 

 

         

 

Hunting in Wisconsin

Wisconsin public hunting land -Maps and location of public hunting land in Wisconsin. Get size, location, what type of habitat and principal wildlife. Also find out other types of recreation land is used for.
Sunrise-Sunset-You can obtain the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon, and the beginning and end of civil twilight, along with information on the Moon's phase by specifying the date and location
Bowhunting-Looking for the newest in hunting equipment? Check out all the new products like bows, arrows, rests, sights and releases. See the new air-rest magnetic floating rest system.
 
Moonphase-You can obtain the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon, and the beginning and end of civil twilight, along with information on the Moon's phase by specifying the date and location
 
Field dressing a whitetail deer-A simple step-by-step guide to field dressing your deer. Whether you call it field dressing, gutting, skinning or cleaning a deer
Hunting Guides -list of guides and outfitters in Wisconsin
Deer Weight-figure a deer weight using measurements.
CWD-chronic wasting disease information

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Fishing in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Lake Maps-Tired of guessing where to fish on an unfamiliar lake? Print out your favorite lake.Over 1,800 printable topographic maps of Wisconsin lakes.
Wisconsin Fishing Reports- wisconsin fishing guides with their weekly fishing reports.
 
Wisconsin fishing pics -Did you catch some nice fish. Get your fishing pics posted in our photo section.
 

Fishing Guides -Wisconsin fishing guide list. Guide services with web sites are listed first. Do you want to be listed. Contact us.

Moonphase-You can obtain the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon, and the beginning and end of civil twilight, along with information on the Moon's phase by specifying the date and location
 
Sunrise-Sunset-You can obtain the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon, and the beginning and end of civil twilight, along with information on the Moon's phase by specifying the date and location
 
Fishing Knots-Check out our extensive rope knots and fishing knots. Learning how to tie knots has never been easier via our extensive animated knots section
Lake Link- Here you will find a wealth of information dedicated to the angler. From ice fishing to fly fishing and everything in between, you will find some great info here to make your next angling adventure a safe and successful one.
 
Fishing Records-Wisconsin fishing records. From musky to bluegill and everything in between.
Lake Summary-Number of named and unnamed lakes in Wisconsin, with total acreage by county. Wisconsin has over 15,000 named and unnamed lakes covering almost 1 million acres..
Lake Facts-Interesting Wisconsin lake facts, biggest lakes, deepest lakes, most common lake names, counties with the most lakes, counties with the least lakes.
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Camping in Wisconsin

Campgrounds in Wisconsin are as varied as the areas around them--there are forests, prairies, lakes, rivers, hills, and valleys. You'll find campgrounds, trails, historic and archaeological sites, places for solitude and places for large group gatherings. There are also Campgrounds in county parks, state parks and national forests.

A typical campsite is in a natural setting with road access, a fire ring, and a picnic table, and can be used by either vehicle or tent campers. But there also are backpack, walk-in, and canoeing -in sites, sites with electrical hookups, and sites designed specifically for either tent or vehicle campers. Some sites are accessible for people with disabilities. Some are for people with horses. Others accommodate large groups of campers There are Campgrounds in State Parks and forests that are open for winter camping

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Wisconsin Outdoor Links

Public Hunting - Maps and location of public hunting land in Wisconsin. Get size, location, what type of habitat and principal wildlife. Also find out other types of recreation land is used for.

Lake Maps - It's easy to fall in love with Wisconsin's 15,081 lakes. Enjoying the peaceful atmosphere, fishing, boating, swimming, or just relaxing are favorite pastimes.

US Directory - Outdoor directory containing information on hunting and fishing guides and outfitters in the US. If you are looking to hunt or fish the from the wilds of Alaska to southern Florida, or camp in the wilderness you will find what you are looking for here. Listings of hunting and fishing guides and outfitters across the United States.

World Directory - The Worldwide Directory has information on outdoor resources for North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand

State Parks - Wisconsin has over 80 state parks, forests and recreation areas within its borders. Listings include size, lcation areas of interest. Many locations have maps and addresses for more information.

County Parks - Wisconsin has over 600 county parks throughout the state. Most parks provide facilities for picnicking, camping, boating and softball. Some are easy to find and others are out of the way. Information listed on how to get to the parks also.

National Forest - The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is located in Wisconsin's Northwoods, covering over a million and a half acres. The Chequamegon side of the forest covers about 858,400 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor, and Vilas counties while the Nicolet side covers nearly 661,400 acres in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida, and Vilas counties.

Hiking - Wisconsin has 37 state trails totaling 1,607 miles. They have a variety of surfaces, summer and winter, for a variety of activities--walking/hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, horseback and all-terrain vehicle riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Printable trail maps

Canoeing - Descriptions of rivers and maps of 26 rivers and 87 canoe trips in northern Wisconsin.

ATV Trails - Listings of ATV trails in Wisconsin

ATV Clubs - Listing of ATV clubs by area.

- Taxidermy - Listing of taxidermists in WI.

Survival - Complete US Army Survival manual and other useful survival listings

Knives - Complete listing of different brands of knives.