Hunting Opportunities at Nature Conservancy Preserves

The interactive map above shows the locations of Nature Conservancy preserves and project areas in Wisconsin where we provide hunting opportunities. Click on the map to learn which species can be hunted and whether or not a permit is required and to find preserve descriptions and hunting maps.

Please note:

Most of the land we own in the Mukwonago River Watershed is open for deer hunting, no TNC permit required. Permits are still required to hunt at our Crooked Creek Preserve. Please see this map of the area for an overview of hunting opportunities in the Mukwonago region.

Owing to a lack of public access, the 80 acre Leopold Memorial Woods property to the southwest of Baxter's Hollow is no longer available for public hunting.

When purchasing your annual deer license from the WIDNR you will need to indicate on all antlerless tags whether you will be hunting on “Public” or “Private” land. Please be aware that for this specific purpose the Nature Conservancy’s land is considered “Public” land since the bulk of our preserves have been acquired in whole or in part with funding from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program. If you intend to utilize your antlerless tag on TNC land, be sure to mark that tag as Public.

All of our preserve maps are now georeferenced. You can download the free PDF Maps app on your Apple or Android device, and it will allow you to view your location, record GPS tracks, add placemarks and find places.

Deer Permit Application Process

Permits are required to hunt deer at our Crooked Creek Preserve in the Mukwonago River Watershed; click the map above for more details. Follow this link for more information about the application process and to download a permit.

Season Dates

Season dates on Nature Conservancy lands for deer and turkey are the same as on state lands and can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources web site. There are two exceptions:

  1. Turkey hunting at Door County preserves is only allowed during the fall season after November 1st.
  2. That portion of the Pickerel Lake Fen Preserve in the Mukwonago River Watershed near The Nature Conservancy's project office is only open for deer hunting during the bow season. No gun hunting allowed on this tract.

On tracts where small game hunting is allowed, season dates on Nature Conservancy lands are the same as on state lands with one exception:

  • At Mink River Preserve in Door County small game hunting is allowed from November 1st to the end of February.
Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most common questions about the Conservancy’s hunting program in Wisconsin.

Hunting and Conservation in Wisconsin

The Conservancy has provided hunting opportunities on its lands in Wisconsin since 1985. See how hunting helps land conservation and how land conservation helps wildlife and hunters.

Hunting is a topic that can bring out a wide range of opinions. Read a Q&A with the Conservancy to read more on this topic.

Hunting Guidelines

All hunters must adhere to the following hunting guidelines when hunting on Nature Conservancy preserves.

Hunter Safety

The Conservancy has a permit system for deer hunting at our most popular preserves. For safety reasons, the number of hunters allowed at each Conservancy preserve where we issue permits follows the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' suggested limits of 2 gun hunters and 2 bow hunters per 40 acres. Volunteers monitor parking lots and roads near these preserves during the hunting season. For lands where TNC hunting permits are required, hunters must wear an I.D. badge at all times while hunting.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have volunteer opportunities at Nature Conservancy preserves year round. This is a great way to visit preserves and gain first-hand knowledge of the lay of the land before hunting season starts. Volunteers clear fire breaks, help cut buckthorn (a non-native tree), plant trees and assist with many other activities. If you take the required training sessions, you could become a member of our Prescribed Fire Crew. If you are interested in volunteering with The Nature Conservancy, please visit our Volunteer page.

Information About Nature Conservancy Preserves

Before you visit a preserve, please see The Nature Conservancy’s Preserve Visitation Guidelines to learn more about the use of Conservancy preserves in Wisconsin. You can also find directions to The Nature Conservancy preserves in Wisconsin and other information about them online.


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