RIB MOUNTAIN, Wis. (WSAW) – In Wisconsin, even near a well-populated urban area, it’s legal to hunt in a state park if you have the permits.
State parks were opened to hunting in 2013 with the Sporting Heritage Act. Each piece of government property has its own rules and regulations depending on location and how it is classified.
“It’s very important that you make sure you read up on those regulations, look at that property map to know where it’s legal to hunt and where not to hunt and the regulations and the hunting dates as well,” says Ribberg State Park Manager, Bailey Christopher.
When it comes to state parks, there is one rule you must follow.
“You have to be at least 100 yards away from any designated use areas,” Christorf said.
Gabe Buechel is an avid hiker and skier in the Rib Mountain area. He says he doesn’t worry about dangers from stray bullets or arrows.
“In general, Wisconsin hunters are pretty good about following the regulations,” Buechel said.
The DNR and Parks Service do their best to educate not only the hunters, but also people who enjoy winter sports.
“We do post signs notifying non-hunters, just anyone who might be using the park, at most of our main trails,” Christorf said.
Many of the signs have QR codes that you can scan for maps and rules, or you can get brochures at the visitor station. Christorf says stay smart and stay on designated routes.
“Just to make sure that you are safe and that you are visible, so don’t just wear high-quality clothes, but make sure your dog is on a leash,” said Christorf.
If you notice someone not following the rules, you can contact the DNR’s customer service line at 1-888-936-7463, or the parks tip line at 1-800-847-9367 and someone will be dispatched to ensure everyone’s safety .
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