The Refuge is open for squirrel, pheasant, partridge, rabbit and deer hunting in accordance with all current statewide seasons and regulations. The Refuge is closed to migratory bird hunting, except for an annual Learn to Hunt Waterfowl session. Opportunities for hunters with disabilities are available.
Horicon Marsh Hunting Map and Regulations
Hunts for Hunters with Disabilities
The refuge offers three gun deer hunts and one archery hunt in a designated part of the refuge for hunters with disabilities. Hunters must already have obtained a Class A, B, C or D permit to be able to apply for the hunts. All of these permits can be obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Ten hunting blinds are available for use during the gun hunts. For more information call 920-387-2658 ext. 200 or contact John Below at 920-948-2579.
Disabled Hunt Blind Map
Learn to Hunt Waterfowl
No waterfowl hunting is allowed on the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge except for selected youth participants of the Learn to Waterfowl program. The Learn to Hunt programs introduce novice hunters - both youth and adults - to a variety of hunting experiences with the aid of an experienced hunting mentor.
Horicon Marsh Learn to Hunt Waterfowl 2015
For more information contact John Below at 920-948-2579.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service To Host Scoping Meetings for Horicon, Fox River, and Green Bay National Wildlife Refuges
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting open house events in three communities before the development of updated or new hunt plans for Horicon, Fox River and Green Bay National Wildlife Refuges.
All three refuges currently have comprehensive conservation plans (CCP’s) completed which identify goals, objectives, and broad strategies for refuge management which includes the hunt programs. However, staff would like to consider any additional public input before starting the environmental assessment process necessary to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the further development of more detailed draft hunt plans for these refuges. Open house events will be held on:
Friday, February 12, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Washington Island Community Center Gymnasium
910 Main Road. Washington Island, WI
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 2:30-4 p.m.
Liberty Grove Town Hall
11161 Old Stage Road, Sister Bay WI 54234
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville WI
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Buffalo Town Hall
W3205 County Road O
Montello, WI 53949
The purpose of these open houses is to offer the public the opportunity to provide input regarding hunting activities on several refuges managed under the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge / Leopold Wetland Management District Complex. Please note that the waterfowl production areas within the Leopold Wetland Management District will not be included in this planning phase.
To review current conservation plans for each of these refuges visit:
Horicon and Fox River National Wildlife Refuges Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge
If you are unable to attend an open house and would like to submit written comments for one or all of these refuges, download the Hunt Plan Comment Form . Forms may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Steve Lenz, W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville, WI 53050. Comments are encouraged to be returned by March 25, 2016.
If you have any questions concerning the planning process please contact Steve Lenz, Project Leader - Horicon NWR/Leopold WMD at 920-387-2658 ext.111.