Hunting

Gun and Bow 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. 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.

In order to qualify for the lottery, you may call the Department office at 262-284-8257 with your name, address, phone number and email by the fall deadline. The lottery deer hunt, which only applies to the gun deer-hunting season, gives preference to Ozaukee County residents and is limited to 10 persons. A $75 fee will be collected from the 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. An authorization to hunt is still needed if you plan to bow hunt but every hunter must register their name, address, phone number and other contact information with the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department. Ten (10) names will be selected for the gun deer hunt and the Department will notify lottery persons to come in and finalize the necessary paperwork and permits.

Bow hunters may complete the permit application and receive authorization at any time during the Lion’s Den permitted bow season. There is no fee for deer bow hunting.

More info about the 2022 fall hunting season will be posted to this page when available.


Hunting at Little Menomonee River Fish and Wildlife Preserve

Next fall, 2022, hunting is expected to be offered for the first time at Little Menomonee River Fish and Wildlife Preserve County Park. Hunting will be allowed with a permit only; permit fees will be $75.

More info about the 2022 fall hunting season will be posted to this page when available.

A deer on a trail at Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve, 2021

Deer on Path