Archery Hunting

Limited Access Archery Permits for Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting

Successful applicants 16-years and older will receive one Limited Access Archery Permit for one (1) property for the entire season. Each person may apply only once. A nonrefundable $3.00 application fee will be charged when the application is submitted. The cost of the permit is an additional $14.00 to successful applicants. Youth participation is encouraged; a youth, 15 years of age or less, may accompany and hunt with a parent or guardian possessing a valid Limited Access Permit.

Limited Access Archery Permit Rules:

  • The hunter must comply with all Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) Deer and Turkey Hunting Rules for the Management Area being hunted. A valid WI DNR deer harvest tag(s) and/or a fall turkey permit are required to harvest a deer or turkey (no spring season).
  • No hunting within 100 feet of “Closed Area” (strictly enforced). Closed Areas include: all trails, buildings, play areas, campsites, parking lots, mowed/maintained areas and private property boundary. Hunting may take place adjacent to non-harvested agricultural fields or in harvested agricultural field if the location is at least 100 feet from a closed area that the public may be using.
  • Target practice or shooting is prohibited unless within a designated archery range.
  • Harvested deer or turkeys may be cleaned (gutted) within the park property but all entrails must be at least 100 feet from a closed area. No deer carcass may be deposited on County Property or within a park trash receptacle.
  • Hunters must carry and visibly display (on person) the Archery Limited Access Permit while hunting or in route to site.
  • Hunting is restricted to foot travel only. Accessing through adjacent property may only be done with the owner’s permission. A non-motorized cart may be used to transport harvested deer.
  • Disabled hunters should contact the park office if special accommodations are needed.
  • Portable tree stands and/or ground blinds are allowed but must be removed at the end of the day and be identified with a visible label containing the hunters contact information. Any structure left overnight is a violation and may be removed by park staff as abandoned property.
  • Removal of trees or native vegetation prohibited. You may lightly prune for shooting lanes and to access trees.
  • Archery Limited Access Permit is valid for one property and one hunter (and accompanying youth) only and it is not transferable to another person.
  • Tracking deer and turkey:
    • Do not enter private property without the permission of the owner.
    • If tracking after dark, the Dane County Sheriff’s Department must be notified at (608) 255-2345

Any violation of County Park rules and/or any past or present violation of WDNR hunting rules are subject to the forfeiture of current and future Dane County Permits along with possible county ordinance citation.

Non-hunting park patrons have the right to utilize the entire park on and off trails. Hunters must use care and be safety-conscious at all times. County parklands are open for dog walking. Dog owners are required to have their dogs under control and leashed unless they are within a designated off-leash Dog Park, see our Dogs in Parks webpage for more information. Hunters may encounter dogs off-leash. If you encounter rule violations or become aware of an issue, please contact the Dane County Parks Office at (608) 224-3730 or dane-parks@countyofdane.com.