Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials have not received information from the federal government indicating any changes to ongoing waterfowl hunting seasons. However, hunters need to be aware of closures to federal properties due to the federal government shut down.

“Basically, when it comes to waterfowl hunting, it is business as usual. So get your stamp, grab your gear, follow the regulations and have a safe and enjoyable hunt. State wardens will be out on patrol as usual,” said Randy Stark, DNR chief warden. “The only difference is that access points to federal properties are closed.”
Those hunting along the Mississippi River should note that the US Department of the Interior has closed federal access points, federal river properties, and the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. However, citizens who gain legal access to the river via open launches are permitted to use the Mississippi River as well as state-owned properties for legal recreational activities, like waterfowl hunting.
While National Forest campgrounds are closed, the National Forests in Wisconsin remain open to hunting.
“What this means is that federally-controlled lands, including certain islands in the river, will remain closed until reopened by federal authorities. But the waters of the Mississippi River, and other rivers, are open for public use, including waterfowl hunting,” said Tim Andryk, DNR Chief Legal Counsel. “Hunters will need to use state-managed launch sites, or private access points if they have permission, to get onto the river. All Wisconsin state parks, trails, forests, wildlife and other properties remain open for public recreation and enjoyment.”
All existing Wisconsin waterfowl hunting regulations remain in place and can be found at dnr.wi.gov, search keyword “waterfowl.”

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