Hunting at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve
Gun and bow deer hunting is offered each fall at Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve County Park. The goal of this authorized, lottery gun deer hunting and bow deer hunting is to effectively manage the deer herd and provide for the health of the unique, native vegetation on the Park properties. A lottery gun deer hunt has been adopted to provide for the highest quality deer hunt. No other hunting, except as specified, is allowed on the Park property.
Lion's Den Gorge Gun Hunting 2022
2022 Gun Season: November 19th - 27th
The Park will be CLOSED to the general public during the specified, authorized gun deer-hunting seasons. The dates as specified are the only dates that deer hunting is allowed at the Park.
The deadline to sign up for the 2022 gun hunting lottery has passed (deadline was October 28th, 2022). The lottery deer hunt gives preference to Ozaukee County residents and is limited to 10 persons. Ten names were selected for the gun deer hunt lottery drawing on October 31st, 2022.
A $75 fee will be collected from authorized, lottery gun hunters only at the time of lottery notification. If the registered gun deer hunter returns the specified County report and survey by the designated time, a refund of $37.50 will be issued. Also, if the registered gun deer hunter demonstrates taking a doe from the Property, a refund of $37.50 will be issued - up to a total refund of $75.
Lion's Den Gorge Bow Hunting 2022
2022-23 Bow Season: November 28th 2022 - January 8th 2023
An authorization to hunt is needed if you plan to bow hunt; every hunter must complete the permit application prior to hunting and submit to the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department. Bow hunters may complete the permit application and receive authorization at any time during the Lion’s Den permitted bow season. Permit application instructions are included in the Application Packet. There is no fee for deer bow hunting.
Approved/authorized permit applications and permit stickers will not be mailed out to applicants until mid-October 2022.
Hunting at Little Menomonee River Fish and Wildlife Preserve
In fall 2022, hunting will be offered at Little Menomonee River Fish and Wildlife Preserve County Park. Hunting will be allowed with a permit only; permit fees for deer/waterfowl will be $75. No refunds will be given for permit fees.
Hunting at the Preserve may be closed periodically during the 2022-2023 season for restoration work. If it is closed, a sign will be posted in the field and a note should be posted to the Department website. These closures will mainly be during regular work hours.
Send an email to the Planning and Parks Department to obtain the 2022 Little Menomonee River hunting packet.
Other Hunting Information
If you are looking for other locations to hunt, visit these webpages:
- Finding a Place to Hunt: WDNR
- Hunt Wild App: WDNR
- Map of Private Forest Lands Open for Public Recreation: WDNR
- Public Access Lands: WDNR
- Hunting at Fort McCoy
- Hunting on The Nature Conservancy Lands
Incentive Programs for Landowners: