Hunting Program

Hunting at Door County Land Trust Preserves

Door County Land Trust preserves accommodate a wide variety of public uses including hiking, canoeing, cross country skiing, scientific research and hunting. In order to create a safe and enjoyable environment for all visitors to our preserves, we ask hunters to review and comply with our hunting program rules.

Hunters play an important role as conservation partners with the Door County Land Trust by helping regulate and maintain the populations of white-tailed deer and turkeys. The overabundance of these species negatively impacts ecosystem health on lands we protect. Hunters also provide valuable information from the field that is used in making management decisions for Land Trust preserves.

Please be aware that lands on which the Door County Land Trust holds a conservation easement are private property and the Land Trust does not have the authority to grant permission to hunt on these lands.

There are a few properties owned by the Door County Land Trust that are not open for any hunting seasons. These areas are usually small in size, located in residential neighborhoods, or too ecologically sensitive for off-trail foot traffic.

However, most of the lands owned by the Land Trust are open for hunting.  The list of Door County Land Trust Preserves at which hunting is permitted, the seasons permitted and links to printable hunting maps are located at the bottom of this page.

If you are interested in hunting on lands owned by the Door County Land Trust, please carefully review the hunting rules below.

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Rules for Hunting at Door County Land Trust Preserves

  • Prior to the hunt, hunters are requested to contact the Land Trust by completing the Hunter Information Form on our website.
  • Use of Door County Land Trust Preserves is a privilege extended to all legally-permitted hunters who abide by the rules and regulations of the WI-DNR and the Door County Land Trust. Failure to do so may result in loss of hunting privilege and if warranted, referral to the WI-DNR and/or Door County Sheriff for possible enforcement action.
  • Portable hunting stands and structures (including trail cameras) are permitted for day use only and must be removed each night. All stands and structures must contain ownership information (name, address and phone number). If a stand or other structure is left overnight it will be dismantled and removed by staff or preserve stewards.
  • The following activities are not allowed:
    • cutting trees or vegetation or removing brush from properties
    • baiting
    • motorized vehicles of any kind
  • Hunters must respect adjacent private property. If a hunter needs to follow a wounded animal onto
    private lands, prior permission must be obtained from the landowner.
  • Dogs actively engaged in hunting may be off leash, except that all dogs must be kept on leash from
    April 15 to July 31 to protect ground-nesting birds.
  • Hunters are asked to help “keep an eye” on things when hunting and to inform the Land Trust if there are any activities taking place on the property of which we should be aware.

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Door County Land Trust Preserves at which Hunting is Permitted

Click on a preserve name below to view or print a map showing areas open to hunting for that preserve in Adobe PDF format.

Preserve Name

Preserve NameMapTownshipFall Traditional Deer GunDeer Gun Special HuntsDeer BowSpring Turkey BowSpring Turkey GunFall Turkey BowFall Turkey GunAll Other WI-DNR Game Seasons
Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve Zone 1MapEgg Harboryesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve Zone 2MapEgg Harbornononononononono
Carlson Natural AreaMapLiberty Groveyesyesyesyesyesyesyesno
Chambers Island Nature Preserve Zone 1MapGibraltaryesnoyesyesyesnonono
Chambers Island Nature Preserve Zone 2MapGibraltaryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Detroit Harbor Nature Preserve Zone 1MapWashingtonyesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Detroit Harbor Nature Preserve Zone 2MapWashingtonyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Detroit Island Nature PreserveMapWashingtonyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Domer Neff Nature Preserve and Bird SanctuaryMapWashingtonyesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Ephraim Nature Preserve at Anderson PondMapEphraim (Village of)nonoyesyesnoyesnono
Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp Natural AreaMapEphraim (Village of)nonoyesyesnoyesnono
Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp Natural Area Zone 2MapEphraim (Village of)nonoyesyesnoyesnoyes
Gilson-Peterson Forest Natural AreaMapEllison Bayyesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Heins Creek Nature PreserveMapBaileys Harboryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Hibbard Creek Natural AreaMapEgg Harboryesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve Zone 1MapBaileys Harboryesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve Zone 2MapBaileys Harboryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Kellner Fen Natural Area Zone 1MapSturgeon Bayyesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Kellner Fen Natural Area Zone 2MapSturgeon Bayyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Kellner Fen Natural Area Zone 3MapSturgeon Baynononononononono
Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve Zone 1MapEgg Harboryesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve Zone 2MapEgg Harboryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Legacy Nature Preserve at Clay BanksMapClay Banksyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Little Lake Nature PreserveMapWashingtonyesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Mostek Natural AreaMapWashingtonyesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Oak Road Nature PreserveMapEgg Harboryesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Picha Woods Natural AreaMapEgg Harboryesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Richter Community Forest Nature PreserveMapWashingtonyesnoyesyesyesyesnono
Solitude Natural AreaMapBaileys Harboryesnoyesyesyesyesyesno
Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature PreserveMapSturgeon Bay (City of)special rules applynospecial rules applyspecial rules applynospecial rules applynono
Three Springs Nature PreserveMapSister Bayyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Walt's Woods Natural AreaMapBaileys Harboryesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
White Cliff Nature PreserveMapEgg Harboryesnoyesyesyesyesnono

The tracts listed below are open to hunting, however, please be aware that they are relatively small in size and located in remote areas.  To locate a taxparcel number on a web map, please visit the Door County Land Information Portal.

Tax Parcel Identification

Tax Parcel Identification #LocationFall Traditional Deer GunDeer Gun Special HuntsDeer BowSpring Turkey BowSpring Turkey GunFall Turkey BowFall Turkey GunAll Other WI-DNR Game Seasons
008-210007 Egg Harboryesnoyesyesyesyesnono
028-01-13332912A3Detroit Islandyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
028-01-13332912EDetroit Islandyesnoyesyesyesyesnono
028-02-23342931A1 & 028-02-23342931A2Washington Islandyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
028-04-30343043A1Washington Islandyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
028-03-04333011A & 028-03-04333011FWashington Islandyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
028-03-05333024AWashington Islandyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
028-03-09333044HWashington Islandyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes

Hunting is Not Permitted at the Following Door County Land Trust Preserves

The preserves listed below are not open for any hunting seasons. These areas may be guided by a management agreement that does not permit hunting, or they may be too small in size, located in residential neighborhoods, or too ecologically sensitive for off-trail foot traffic.

Boo’s Bluff Natural Area

Erskine Woods Natural Area

Dammon-Welcker Natural Area

Griffin Woods Natural Area

Haswell Natural Area

Indian Point Natural Area

Washington Harbor Scenic Overlook

Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions or for more information about hunting or trapping at Door County Land Trust preserves.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI-DNR) website to find out the dates of this year's hunting seasons.

To locate a tax parcel number on a web map, please visit the Door County Land Information Portal.

Join the Land Trust to Help Protect More Wildlife Habitat

If you are not already a supporter of the Land Trust, we hope you will consider Becoming a Member. Membership dues and donations provide the needed financial resources to protect lands in Door County. Your donation will increase our ability to protect, maintain and restore wildlife habitat in Door County and continue to provide public recreation and hunting opportunities.