Wisconsin offers a wide variety of game species for all types of hunters. Various landscapes including hardwood forests, grassland and the boreal forest merge within the state providing numerous habitats for the state’s wide variety of game animals. In addition the state is known as a hotspot for white-tailed deer.
Game species in Wisconsin include:
- Big game including white-tailed deer, bear, and turkey.
- Small game including rabbit and squirrel
- Waterfowl and other migratory game birds including ducks, geese, mourning dove, coot, moorhen, rails, snipe, and woodcock.
- Furbearers including coyote, fox, beaver, mink, muskrat, fisher, and raccoon among others.
The Wisconsin DNR defines nongame species as “all birds, mammals, and other terrestrial vertebrates which usually have no open season for hunting for trapping.” Threatened and endangered species are also included in this category.
Nongame species within the state include various types of mammals, birds, and amphibians including snakes, bats, cougar, elk, eagles, cricket frogs, martens, and whooping cranes.
Some of these species are also endangered or threatened. It is unlawful to take any endangered, threatened, or protected species. These animals include the gray wolf, flying squirrel, various species of bat, and marten – just to name a few from an ever-growing list.
Taking any non-game species for commercial purposes, such as sale, bartwer or exchange is unlawful in the state, and may result in heavy fines.
Hunters should also note that additional caution should be taken when hunting armadillo and they may carry leprosy.