Hunting and Fishing

Hunting and Fishing

The Prairie Enthusiasts is neutral on the subjects of hunting and fishing. We neither promote nor discriminate against hunting or fishing.

All of The Prairie Enthusiasts properties in Wisconsin are open to fishing when it is done in compliance with State regulations and licensing requirements. For information on properties in Illinois, check with the Illinois chapter.

The Prairie Enthusiasts recognizes the value of hunting as a useful management tool, and therefore we permit its use on our lands where we deem it is necessary to control overabundant or problem species. The Prairie Enthusiasts also allows hunting where we deem it not to be in conflict with the goals and uses of a given property. There are a number of conditions that must be adhered to before hunting may occur on any The Prairie Enthusiasts property. View The Prairie Enthusiasts’s complete policy on hunting and fishing. Hunting on The Prairie Enthusiasts lands is restricted to only certain properties, and the type of hunting that is allowed varies from site to site. A permit or reservation system may be required to hunt on some sites for some species. See below for a listing of sites where hunting is allowed, for what species, and under what conditions.

Note: the allowed use of dogs in hunting is NOT uniform across all sites on which hunting is allowed.  For example, some sites may allow dogs for pheasant hunting but not for rabbit or coyote hunting.

The Prairie Enthusiasts properties where some type of hunting is permitted:

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Giordano Oak Barrens & Sand Prairie

Giordano Oak Barrens & Sand Prairie
Location: Columbia County, WisconsinT11N R08E Sect 34 SW4SW4N2901 County Highway V Poynette WI 53955
Size: 40 acres
Habitat: Oak Barrens & Sand Prairie
Species that may be hunted: White-tailed deer All legal seasons with bow and crossbow.  No gun hunting. Maximum party size allowed per permit: 4

Use this google form to applyhttps://forms.gle/3nzqUJZqJGpPaeRdADeer hunting application deadline:  September 23

The Prairie Enthusiasts uses a lottery system to assign hunting days to hunters.  We require the WDNR customer ID number with the permit application and requires permitted hunters to test deer carcasses for chronic wasting disease.

Contact for questions: Kristin Westad by email or 608-341-6713

1 Briggs Wetland
Briggs Wetland 
Location: Rock County, Wisconsin, T1N/R12E. Directions and map
Size: 24 acres
Habitat: Grassland, wetland, and brush.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
2 Butenhoff Prairie
Butenhoff Prairie 
Location: Green County, Wisconsin, T1N/R12E (directions).
Size: 20 acres
Habitat: Grassland and brush.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
3 Eldred Prairie
Eldred Prairie 
Location: Grant County, Wisconsin, T4N/R2W (directions).
Size: 45 acres
Habitat: Grassland, woodland, and brushland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
4 Erbe Grassland
Erbe Grassland 
Location: Dane County, Wisconsin, T6N/R6E (map).
Size: 99 acres
Habitat: Grassland, cropland, brushland, and woods.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required

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5 Kalscheur Oak Savanna
Kalscheur Oak Savanna 
Location: Iowa County, Wisconsin, T4N/R5E (map).
Size: 19 acres
Habitat: Open woods, brush, and grassland.
Species that may be hunted:

Wild Turkey Spring season only No permit or reservation required
White-tailed Deer Bow, crossbow, and muzzleloader season No permit or reservation required
White-tailed Deer Gun season Permit & reservation required

Complete THIS FORM.

6 Foxglove Savanna
Foxglove Savanna 
Location: Sauk County, Wisconsin, T8N/R5E (map).
Size: 10 acres
Habitat: Oak savanna/woodland.
Species that may be hunted:

Wild Turkey Spring season only Permission required
White-tailed Deer Bow season Permission required
White-tailed Deer All gun seasons Permission required
7 Iltis Savanna
Iltis Savanna 
Location: Green County, Wisconsin, T3N/R8E (directions).
Size: 22 acres
Habitat: Oak savanna and woodland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
8 Mounds View Grassland
Mounds View Grassland (Shea Property, A-Z Farm, Schurch-Thomson Property, and Hanley Farm)
Location: Iowa County, Wisconsin (map).
Size: 568 acres split into 4 subunits (Shea 100 acres; Schurch-Thomson 192 acres; A to Z Farm 276 acres; Hanley 220 acres)
Habitat: Grassland, cropland, brushland, wetlands, and woods.
Species that may be hunted:

Animal Season permit required
Ring-necked Pheasant All legal No
Wild Turkey All legal No
Waterfowl All legal No
White-tailed Deer Bow, crossbow, and muzzleloader No
White-tailed Deer Rifle and shotgun Yes

Additional species that may be hunted at Shea only:

Rabbit, squirrel, and raccoon All legal No

To apply for permits:
Use this Google form to apply for Shea Property
Use this Google form to apply for A-Z Farm
Use this Google form to apply for Schurch-Thomson Property
Use this Google form to apply for Hanley Farm
Maximum party size allowed per permit: 6
Deer hunting application deadline:  September 23
TPE uses a lottery system to assign hunting days to hunters.  TPE requires the WDNR customer ID number with the permit application and requires permitted hunters to test deer carcasses for chronic wasting disease.
Contact for questions: Kristin Westad by email or 608-341-6713

9 Pleasant Valley Conservancy
Pleasant Valley Conservancy 
Location: Dane County, Wisconsin, T7N/R6E (map).
Size: 140 acres
Habitat: Oak woodlands, savanna, grassland, and wetland.
Species that may be hunted:

White-tailed Deer Bow season Permission required
White-tailed Deer All gun seasons Permission required

Contact: 
Kathie Brock by email or 608-238-5050

10 Sugar River Savanna
Sugar River Savanna 
Location: Dane County, Wisconsin, T6N/R8E .
Size: 9 acres
Habitat: Oak savanna/woodland and wetland.
Species that may be hunted:

Wild Turkey Spring season only Permission required
White-tailed Deer Bow season Permission required
White-tailed Deer All gun seasons Permission required
11 Thomas Wet Prairie
Thomas Wet Prairie 
Location: Grant County, Wisconsin, T7N/R1W (directions).
Size: 14 acres
Habitat: Grassland and wetland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
12 Borah Creek Prairie
Borah Creek Prairie 
Location: Grant County, Wisconsin, T5N/R3W (directions).
Size: 138 acres
Habitat: Mostly grassland and cropland with some woods and brush.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
13 Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairie
Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairies 
Location: Dane County, Wisconsin, Christiana Township (see directions at: webpage).
Size: 40 acres
Habitat: Grassland.
Species that may be hunted:

Ring-necked Pheasant Entire season No permit or reservation required
White-tailed Deer Entire season No permit or reservation required
14 Parrish Oak Savanna
Parrish Oak Savanna 
Location: Dane County, Wisconsin, T7N/R6E, Sec 29 (map).
Size: 30 acres
Habitat: Mostly wooded.
Species that may be hunted:

White-tailed Deer All seasons Permit & reservation required

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All other legal species No permit or reservation required
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15 Thomas Tract
Thomas Tract 
Location: Iowa County, Wisconsin, T6N/R5E, Sec 8 (map).
Size: 190 acres
Habitat: Open farmland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
16 Sylvan Road
Sylvan Road 
Location: Iowa County, Wisconsin, 10 miles southeast of Dodgeville (map).
Size: 99 acres
Habitat: Oak woods, wet grassland, and brush.
Species that may be hunted: All legal species. Registration required. TPE requires the WDNR Customer ID Number and hunter’s vehicle identity and license plate number.
Contact: Tom Hunt by email or 608-630-0099.

All legal species Registration Required
17 Feist Prairie
Feist Prairie 
Location: Grant County, Wisconsin, Section 27, Town of Liberty, on Sleep Hollow Road (map).
Size: 3 acres
Habitat: Grassland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
18 Double Oak Savanna
Double Oak Savanna 
Location: Grant County, Wisconsin, Town of Millville (map).
Size: 23 acres
Habitat: Grassland, oak savanna, and woodland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
19 Muralt Bluff Prairie
Muralt Bluff Prairie 
Location: Green County, Wisconsin, 4 miles west of Albany. Off Hwy F. (directions)
Size: 135 acres
Habitat: Grassland and oak woodland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
20 Hauser Road Prairie
Hauser Road Prairie 
Location: Dane County, Wisconsin, 3 miles north of Waunakee (map). On Hauser Road off Madigan Road.
Size: 45 acres
Habitat: Grassland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
21 Rattlesnake Ridge
Rattlesnake Ridge 
Location: Iowa County, Wisconsin, one mile south of Arena (map). Along Ray Hollow Road.
Size: 80 acres
Habitat: Grassland and oak woodland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
22 Handrick Grassland
Handrick Grassland 
Location: Dane County, Wisconsin, 8 miles southwest of Verona (map). Off Primrose Center Road.
Size: 96 acres
Habitat: Grassland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
Swenson Bluff Prairie
Swenson Bluff Prairie 
Location: Iowa County, Wisconsin, near Arena (map; directions).
Size: 16 acres
Habitat: Mostly grassland with some woods and brush.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required
Alexander Oak Savanna
Alexander Oak Savanna 
Location: Pierce County, Wisconsin, Town of River Falls. Site is across from the Town Hall. West (right) side of highway. N7829 WIS-65 River Falls, WI 54022 (map)

Size: 43 acres
Habitat: Oak savanna, and woodland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required