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Wisconsin Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Wisconsin Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Updated as of 3/9/2020 -  "Muzzleloaders may be used statewide during any firearm deer season.

• Muzzleloaders that are discharged from the shoulder must be .45 caliber or larger if smoothbore and .40 caliber or larger if the barrel is rifled, and must be loaded with a single ball or slug.

• Muzzleloading handguns must be .44 caliber or larger with a minimum barrel length of seven inches measured from muzzle to breech face and fire a single projectile weighing not less than 138 grains. Black powder revolvers are legal during all gun deer seasons except the 10-day muzzleloader-only season because they are capable of being loaded by the cylinder instead of the muzzle.

• Telescopic sights may be used during all firearm deer seasons.

• During the muzzleloader-only deer season, all muzzleloaders must have a solid threaded breech plug making them capable of being loaded only from the muzzle.

• You may not hunt Elk with a muzzleloader that is less than .45 caliber or a muzzleloading handgun."

 

WISCONSIN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING SEASONS

 

Muzzleloader Deer Season

Season Dates Bag Limit Weapon Notes
Dec 2nd - Dec 11th See Page 8 Of Deer Regs. Muzzleloader Only  

 
Muzzleloader Elk Season
 

Season Dates Bag Limit Weapon Notes
Oct 12th - Nov 10th & Dec 12th - Dec 20th See Elk Regs Muzzleloader Allowed  

 

Muzzleloader Bear Season  

Season Dates Bag Limit Weapon Zone(s) Notes
 Sept 9th - Sept 15th See Bear Regs Muzzleloader Allowed A, B & D  All legal methods, no dogs
Sept 16th - Oct 6th See Bear Regs Muzzleloader Allowed A, B & D All legal methods, bait and dogs allowed
Oct 7th - Oct 13th See Bear Regs Muzzleloader Allowed A, B & D With dogs only
Sept 9th - Oct 13th See Bear Regs Muzzleloader Allowed C All legal methods, no dogs

 

WISCONSIN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING SEASON REGULATIONS

  • In-line muzzleloaders are legal
  • Muzzleloading long guns must be .45 cal or larger if smooth bored
  • Muzzleloading long guns must be .40 cal or larger if rifled
  • Muzzleloading handguns must be .44 cal or larger
  • Muzzleloading handguns must have a barrel 7" or longer
  • Handgun projectiles must be 138-grains or heavier
  • Black powder revolvers or NOT legal during the muzzleloader only deer season
  • Scopes are legal during muzzleloader hunts
  • Muzzleloaders must have a solid threaded breech plug during muzzleloader season
  • To hunt elk Muzzleloaders must be .45 cal or larger
  • Muzzleloading handguns are prohibited during elk season

 

This information is subject to change, for more information visit: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

 
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