Hunting Season and Hiking the Ice Age Trail

A woman and her dog wear blaze orange on the Ice Age Trail in fall.

Photo by Paulette Walker Smith

There can be a lot of details to navigate when you hike the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin’s fall and winter seasons: hunting season dates, trail closures on private property, and public lands where the Trail is open and hunting is also allowed.

Visit our Hiking During Hunting Seasons page to get a full breakdown of all the things to consider. Here are the main things you’ll want to remember:

  • WEAR BLAZE ORANGE or other bright colors. This applies to you and your pet. We consider October through April as Blaze Orange Season on the Trail.
  • Visit the Hiker Resources page on our website, scroll down to the middle and under More Resources to Explore, you can download a list of segments closed or partially closed during hunting season.
  • THE TRAIL CLOSES IN SOME AREAS WHERE IT CROSSES PRIVATE PROPERTY. Many of our volunteer chapter coordinators know the parts of the Trail that close in their region; contact the coordinator in the area you want to hike to find out about Trail closures. Sections that close should also have on-the-ground signage announcing the details of the closure.
  • THE 9-DAY GUN DEER SEASON is from Nov. 23–Dec. 1, 2019. This is the most popular season and the time you’re most likely to see your hiking options limited.
  • The Hunting Season Schedule is available from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. See this listing too.