Nature Conservancy Deer Hunting Permit Application Process

Permits are still required to hunt deer at Crooked Creek Preserve in Walworth County, and this is the only publically hunted site that still requires a permit from The Nature Conservancy. With the exception of Crooked Creek Preserve, the Mukwonago River Watershed area is open for deer hunting during all WIDNR posted seasons.


1. All permit applications must be sent by mail. No permits will be accepted over the phone or in person.

2. Lottery – To make the application process fair and open to all, the Conservancy uses a lottery system to choose and assign permits. We start accepting permits on or around April 15th each year. Applications must be received by May 15th to be included in the lottery. All permits received by the deadline are assigned a random number and will be processed in that order.

Applications received after the deadline will be processed as they come in, and hunters will receive permits if there is still space available. We will return the application fee to those applicants who do not receive a permit.

3. The deadline for applying for a permit for the 2017 hunting season has passed. Please check back here in the spring of 2018 to download and print the 2018 Deer Hunting Permit Application if you are interested in hunting at our Crooked Creek Preserve.

This is a two-page document consisting of both the permit and the application. Fill out both pages completely, making sure to sign and date the permit. To protect your privacy, please do not include sensitive personal information in this form, such as a credit card number. This document is in Adobe pdf format. Download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader if you do not have it.

4. Make checks payable to: The Nature Conservancy, and mail both pages along with your check to:

The Nature Conservancy
633 West Main St.
Madison, WI 53703

5. If you are granted a hunting permit, your signed permit will be returned to you, along with a map and car dashboard tag with your permit number. Please allow at least FOUR weeks after the deadline for processing.

6. If you will be hunting with a minor who is not your own son or daughter, please contact us at wisconsin@tnc.org for an additional release of liability form.

Permit Fee:
Permit TypeTotal Fee
Combined Gun & Bow$50.00

Fees are used to cover deer management expenses including boundary posting, enforcement, coordination with wardens, mailings, permit processing and staff time.

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