Brown County Parks Department reports that some park areas in the County Park System will be closed at sunrise on Saturday, November 17 through sunset on Sunday, November 25, 2018 to allow for the Wisconsin 9-day Deer Gun Season.
Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve and the Fort Howard Paper Foundation Wildlife Area trails and grounds will be closed to all entry during the deer gun season except by those persons possessing a valid County special hunt permit. All permits have already been issued. The Interpretive Center at Barkhausen will remain open during regular hours to the public.
Because hunting is allowed in designated areas of the Reforestation Camp, the Equestrian, Hiking and Mountain Bike/Snow Bike Trails will be closed for the deer gun season. The playground and fishing ponds at the Reforestation Camp will remain open to the public.
Lily Lake Park picnic grounds and boat launch remain open to the public during this hunting season. Please be aware that while these areas of the park remain open, gun hunting is allowed in designated areas of this property.
The Vande Hei Property will only be open to hunter access during this season. Non-hunters are not allowed on the property during the season.
It is recommended the public wear blaze orange or blaze pink for safety when utilizing the open areas of these parks, or any other park in the county system that remains open during this 9-day deer gun season.
Hunting is prohibited on both the Fox River Trail and Mountain-Bay Trail. Hiking and biking are allowed on the trails, however adjoining private property may be open to hunting. It is recommended that hikers and bikers wear blaze orange or blaze pink for safety.
Maps of the designated hunting areas are available in the Parks Department Office or by calling (920) 448-6242 Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30pm. They are also available on our website www.browncountyparks.org.
As always, follow the State’s safe hunting practices as taught in hunter education:
T = Treat every firearm as if it were loaded
A = Always point the muzzle in a safe direction
B = Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it
K = Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot