101 S Webster, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707
Phone: 608-267-2773 TDD: 711
DATE: October 3, 2013
SUBJECT: Wisconsin waterfowl seasons continue though 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.