Upland Game Bird Hunting Regulations

Licenses, Stamps, and Permits Requirements

To legally hunt Upland Game Birds, hunters must adhere to specific licensing and permit requirements:

  • Small Game License: This is essential for hunting any type of upland game bird.
  • Pheasant Stamp: Necessary when hunting pheasants.
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse Permit: Required for those targeting sharp-tailed grouse.

Pheasant Hunting Specifics

General Pheasant Regulations

  • Transportation of Pheasant Carcasses: If a pheasant carcass is dressed in the field, it must retain either the head or a fully feathered wing during transportation.
  • Shooting Hours: These commence at 9 a.m. on the first day of the pheasant season. Detailed shooting hours are provided on pages 29-31 of the hunting regulation guide.

Pheasant Hunting Noon Closure Areas

In specific areas, pheasant hunting hours deviate from the standard times:

  • Weekday Closures: From October to November 3, hunting hours close at noon on weekdays in designated areas.
  • Area Details: These areas include Allenton, Brooklyn, C.D. "Buzz" Besadny Fish and Wildlife Areas, among others. Complete details are available on the official website [], under the “pheasant” section.

Upland Game Bird Season Dates and Bag Limits

  • Pheasant: The season runs from October 14 (starting at 9 a.m.) to January 7, 2024. Bag limits vary by one rooster daily on opening weekend and two roosters for the rest of the season.
  • Other Species: Includes Bobwhite Quail, Ruffed Grouse, Gray (Hungarian) Partridge, and others. Each species has specific dates and bag limits. For instance, the Gray Partridge season is closed in Clark, Marathon, and Taylor counties.

Wildlife Stamps

Annually, Wisconsin features a competition among local artists to design wildlife stamps, including for wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl. Revenue from these stamps funds species management, habitat management, restoration, education, and research projects across the state. For comprehensive information, visit [] and search for “wildlife stamps.”

Hen And Rooster Hunting Area Regulation

  • Daily Bag Limit: In these designated areas, the limit is one pheasant daily on the first weekend of the season and two pheasants daily thereafter. The possession limit is thrice the daily bag limit.
  • Designated Areas: Include Avoca Unit, Boscobel Unit, C.D. “Buzz” Besadny Fish and Wildlife Area, among others. Further details are available on the website.

Ruffed Grouse Management Zones

Wisconsin Game Bird Hunting Laws & Regulations

Conservation Awareness: Spruce Grouse

Wisconsin Game Bird Hunting Laws & Regulations

Hunters in northern Wisconsin's coniferous forests should be aware of the state-threatened Spruce Grouse. Unlike the ruffed grouse, the spruce grouse has no crest and lacks thick black tail bands. It’s crucial to differentiate between the two, as there is no harvest permitted for spruce grouse. Identification guides and more information can be found at [] under “ruffed grouse.”

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