The forested hills and valleys of Southwestern Wisconsin are perfect habitat for wildlife, and for avid hunters, a perfect place to match wits with white-tailed deer, wild turkey, or pheasant.

Wisconsin is recognized as a premier location for deer hunting, because of its thriving deer herd. Hunting is a respected means of maintaining a healthy population.

The wild turkey is one of Wisconsin’s wildlife management success stories. Since wild turkeys were first successfully reintroduced into southwest Wisconsin in 1976, population levels continue to increase and expand statewide.

Pheasant hunting has long been a Wisconsin tradition. The ring-necked pheasant was introduced as a game bird to Wisconsin as early as the late 1800’s. In the 1940’s the pheasant population began to decline due to limited habitat availability, modern agricultural practices, and urbanization. Today pheasant habitat is being restored.

Other game includes ducks and geese, grouse, quail, mourning dove, rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, fox and coyote.

All State Wildlife Areas are open to hunting, but most land is under private ownership so permission is required.


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