Changes are being made to the 2022 Wisconsin hunting season

MADISON, Wis. — The 2022 hunting season in Wisconsin is fraught with new changes this year.

Hunters can now get their hands on the combined digital booklet of the 2022 Wisconsin Hunting Regulations and the Wisconsin Trapping Regulations, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday. Soon, both will also be available in print through licensing agents and open service centers statewide.

The brochure details the dates of the season, shooting times and regulations.

But there are some changes this year. It begins with new regulations for open water hunting of waterfowl. As long as waterfowl hunters are within 500 feet of the shoreline, they can now hunt in the Great Lakes, Green Bay and Big Green Lake.

Wisconsin deer hunters will be able to enjoy the woods during the 2022 archery and crossbow seasons; they run concurrently from September 17, 2022 to January 8, 2023. In the metropolitan subunits, that season is further extended, ending on January 31, 2023.

The DNR said some counties will offer holiday antlerless hunts between Christmas and New Years.

The Gun Deer Hunt will take place November 19-27. Several special hunting periods will also be dedicated to youth and people with disabilities in early October.

And for squirrel hunters, the season will now stretch for almost a full month. Instead of the last day of January, squirrel hunters will now have until February 28, 2023 to hunt.

For the complete list of hunting seasons and regulations, visit the DNR website.