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Hunting in Wisconsin: 5 Animals To Hunt in the Summer

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 04:43 PM

Hunting isn't a traditional summer activity in Wisconsin. Most big game and small game in the state can only be hunted in the fall or winter.

With a majority of annual seasons falling later in the calendar year, it limits the choices for hunting in Wisconsin during the summertime.

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The only animals available to hunt during the summer are ones that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources already allows to be hunted legally throughout the year. These animals typically do not have bag limits, size limits, or possession limits.

The only requirement is a small game license for residents or furbearer license for non-residents. Most animals that can be hunted in Wisconsin during the summer months are classified as small game, birds or furbearers.

These animals include coyote, snowshoe hares, skunks, weasels, and opossums.

1. Coyotes

Minimal restrictions come with hunting a coyote. Hunters are allowed to take coyotes during the night and are exempted from the blaze orange clothing requirement during night time hours. There are also no hunting hour restrictions during the summer. Lawfully harvested carcasses and pelts may be sold at any time.

2. Snowshoe Hares

Found mostly in the northern part of Wisconsin, snowshoe hares can be hunted continuously statewide. There is an unlimited daily bag limit and possession limit. Carcasses and skins of these hares can be sold throughout the year since they have a continuous season. Only a small game license is required for both residents and non-residents.

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3. Opossums

The common opossum is the only marsupial species found in North America. It grows to the size of a large house cat and can be found everywhere in Wisconsin except the northeastern portion of the state.

Opossums hide in trees and brush piles during the day and are more active during the night time. There are no special restrictions for opossum hunting beyond what is outlined for all unprotected species.

4. Skunks
A cousin of the weasel, skunks nest in farmland, bushes along streams, rivers, and forest edges. They will create dens in hollow logs or rock openings. Skunks are nocturnal animals, hiding during the day and becoming active at night. There are no special restrictions for skunk hunting beyond what is outlined for all unprotected species.

5. Weasels
Long-tailed weasels are common throughout the state. They nest in logs, stumps, brush piles, and stone walls. This type of weasel has a dark brown coat in summer and a white one in the summer. There are no special restrictions for weasel hunting beyond what is outlined for all unprotected species.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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