Hunting

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

All TPE 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.

TPE 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. TPE 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 TPE property. View TPE's complete policy on hunting and fishingHunting on TPE 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.

TPE properties where some type of hunting is permitted:

1. Briggs Wetland
2. Butenhoff Prairie
3. Eldred Prairie
4. Erbe Grassland
5. Kalscheur Oak Savanna
6. Foxglove Savanna
7. Iltis Savanna
8. Mounds View Grassland
9. Pleasant Valley Conservancy
10. Sugar River Savanna
11. Thomas Wet Prairie
12. Borah Creek Prairie
13. Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairie
14. Parrish Oak Savanna
15. Thomas Tract
16. Sylvan Road
17. Feist Prairie
18. Double Oak Savanna
19. Muralt Bluff Prairie
20. Hauser Road Prairie
21. Rattlesnake Ridge
22. Handrick Grassland

 Mounds View Grassland (Shea Property, A-Z Farm, and Schurch-Thomson Property) 
Location: Iowa County, Wisconsin (map). This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
Size: 568 acres split into 3 subunits (Shea 100 acres; Schurch-Thomson 192 acres; A to Z Farm 276 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 Spring only No
Waterfowl All legal No
White-tailed Deer Bow, crossbow, and muzzleloader  No
White-tailed Deer Rifle and shotgun Yes

To apply for permits: Fill out and submit an application
Maximum party size allowed per permit: 6
Deer hunting application deadline:  September 20 
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.
Mail completed applications to: 
Kristin Westad
2241 Ryan Dr
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Contact for questions: Kristin Westad by email or 608-341-6713
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 Erbe Grassland 
Location: Dane County, Wisconsin, T6N/R6E (map). This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
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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Kalscheur Oak Savanna 
Location: Iowa County, Wisconsin, T4N/R5E (map). This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
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

To apply for permits: Fill out and submit an application
Maximum party size allowed per permit: 2
Deer hunting application deadline:  September 20  
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.
Mail completed applications to: 
Kristin Westad
2241 Ryan Dr
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Contact for questions: Kristin Westad by email or 608-341-6713
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 Pleasant Valley Conservancy 
Location: Dane County, Wisconsin, T7N/R6E (map). This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
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: 
Tom or Kathie Brock by email or 608-238-5050
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 Sugar River Savanna 
Location: Dane County, Wisconsin, T6N/R8E . This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
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

Contact: 
Rich Henderson by email or 608-845-7065
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 Foxglove Savanna 
Location: Sauk County, Wisconsin, T8N/R5E (map). This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
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

Contact: 
Jeb Barzen by email or in writing to S12213 Round River Tr, Spring Green, WI 53588.
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 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

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 Briggs Wetland 
Location: Rock County, Wisconsin, T1N/R12E. This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
Size: 24 acres
Habitat: Grassland, wetland, and brush.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required

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 Butenhoff Prairie 
Location: Green County, Wisconsin, T1N/R12E (directions). This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
Size: 20 acres
Habitat: Grassland and brush.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required

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 Eldred Prairie 
Location: Grant County, Wisconsin, T4N/R2W (directions). This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
Size: 45 acres
Habitat: Grassland, woodland, and brushland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required

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 Parrish Oak Savanna 
Location: Dane County, Wisconsin, T7N/R6E, Sec 29 (map). This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
Size: 30 acres
Habitat: Mostly wooded.
Species that may be hunted:

White-tailed Deer All seasons Permit & reservation required
All other legal species No permit or reservation required

To apply for permits: Fill out and submit an application
Maximum party size allowed per permit: 2
Deer hunting application deadline: August 31
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.
Mail completed applications to: 
Kristin Westad
2241 Ryan Dr
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Contact for questions: Kristin Westad by email or 608-341-6713
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 Thomas Tract 
Location: Iowa County, Wisconsin, T6N/R5E, Sec 8 (map). This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
Size: 190 acres
Habitat: Open farmland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required

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 Iltis Savanna 
Location: Green County, Wisconsin, T3N/R8E (directions). This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
Size: 22 acres
Habitat: Oak savanna and woodland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required

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 Thomas Wet Prairie 
Location: Grant County, Wisconsin, T7N/R1W (directions). This site is within the CWD Management Zone.
Size: 14 acres
Habitat: Grassland and wetland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required

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 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 No permit or reservation is required

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 Muralt Bluff Prairie 
Location: Green County, Wisconsin, 4 miles west of Albany. Off Hwy F.
Size: 135 acres
Habitat: Grassland and oak woodland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required

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 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

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 Rattlesnake Ridge 
Location: Iowa County, Wisconsin, one mile south of Arena (map). Along Ray Hollow Road.
Size: 42 acres
Habitat: Grassland and oak woodland.
Species that may be hunted:

All legal species No permit or reservation is required

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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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