Hunting in State Parks. Comment TODAY

Act 168  passed earlier this year and it significantly expands the hunting areas in our state park system. While hunting has been allowed in state parks in the past, it was regulated to specific parks. Hunting will now be permitted in almost every state park. Under the new law, which goes into effect January 1, 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may only restrict hunting and trapping within 100 yards of a specifically designated use area. Currently, the DNR is proposing the following:


  • Hunting closure within 100 yards of popular designated use areas, such as picnic spots, campgrounds, remote campsites, beaches, and all state trails
  • Trapping closure is the same as the hunting closure with an additional 100 yards from all designated trails

Hunting and trapping are being proposed in these areas for any hunting season between October 15 and the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend each May. Further restrictions at individual parks to protect public safety or unique plant or animal communities will not be put in place WITHOUT approval from the Natural Resources Board.

The DNR is currently accepting written comments on determining the implementation of the law until November 23, 2012. The implementation of Act 168 could have a significant impact on the bicycle experience in our state parks. Please provide your comments to the DNR TODAY.

Send any written comments to:


Wisconsin State Parks – Act 168

PO Box 7921

Madison, WI 53707-7921.


For more information, visit the DNR website here.

3 thoughts on “Hunting in State Parks. Comment TODAY

  1. As both a hunter and rider I do not see what the problem is. Hunting is currently allowed in many higher use Mt. bike areas (N & S Kettle Moraine for example) with no one injured that I know of.
    Wisconsin’s record of hunting safety is stellar. Quite honestly you have a better chance of getting injured riding your bike than from another legitimite park user (as well as funder) injuring you while they are persuing their form of recreationon public land.

  2. I can not make the meeting either. However if I was in a campground and a bullet went thru my tent or even close to my campsite I would be very angry. And will it be safe to be in any state park when hunters are that close?

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