It’s officially fall in Wisconsin again, which mean it’s the perfect time to gear up and spend time enjoying a favorite outdoor activity…hunting! Whether you’re after some flighty pheasants or a 10-point buck to fill that empty spot in your den, hunting seasons in Wisconsin hit their peak from October through January. To help Wisconsin RVers plan some great hunting trips, we’ve put together this list of the best hunting campgrounds in the state!
Wisconsin Hunting Regulations
Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources has tons of information and resources online regarding hunting laws and regulations. You can visit their main page for more information. There’s detailed charts available with hunting seasons for different game and methods.
Mule deer and white-tailed deer are the most popular game here in Wisconsin. You can find more information on deer populations and management on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s website.
Before you head out for Wisconsin hunting season, you’ll also need to make sure you’re properly licensed with the state. With the DNR’s Go Wild program, you can find information and purchase hunting, fishing and trapping permissions directly. Additionally, there are tons of great educational resources for both adult and youth hunters to hone their skills year-round!
Once you’re properly licensed, pin-pointed the correct season dates for the game you’re after, and educated in hunters safety practices, we’re ready to look at some of the best Wisconsin hunting-friendly campgrounds our state has to offer.
This five-star resort is a favorite for, you guessed it, pheasant hunting! You can rent cabins and park models at the resort or rent seasonal RV sites to stay in your home on wheels. Enjoy time in the great outdoors with RV slots surrounded by woodlands. RV slots are spread out, so you won’t be able to see or hear your neighbors- really giving a “wild” feel. Book your reservation to hunt Chukar, Ring Necked Pheasant and Bob White Quail in the surrounding public access lands along the North Fort of Beaver Creek.
With a family-friendly atmosphere, this resort is perfect for those looking to bring their little ones along this hunting season. While it’s fall already, it’s worth mentioning one of the main summer attractions for this resort is the 8,000 square foot water park. In colder seasons, this RV resort becomes a great hunting campground. Located along the Craw Fish River, you won’t want to miss nearby Wisconsin hunting and fishing opportunities in surrounding public access lands. White tail deer and mule deer are often spotted in the area, so be sure to get your scope sighted in for a fun rifle season!
Located in the Wisconsin Dells, this campground isn’t far from both Scenic RV locations! One of the best campgrounds in southern Wisconsin, it was formerly known as Hidden Valley RV Resort & Campground. Located along Rock River, near where it meets Lake Koshkonong, there are tons of hunting opportunities. The surrounding Koshkonong Wildlife Area is open for hunting and fishing. It’s particularly noted for waterfowl, deer, turkey, dove and pheasant, making it a popular spot for Wisconsin hunting during all seasons, especially fall.
Another excellent campground for Wisconsin hunting, this RV resort is nested along the Lower Wisconsin River. Visit the Devil’s Lake State Park nearby for gun and bow hunting as well as trapping opportunities in the Wisconsin Dells. In addition to great Wisconsin hunting opportunities, this park is roughly 40 minutes from Scenic RV’s Baraboo location!
Campground and RV resort and tavern all in one – what more could you want for your next vacation and hunting trip! Located on the northern section of Prairie Lake, Wolf’s Den has more than 50 RV hookups available and an on-site bar, offering the perfect place to warm up with a post-hunt drink! For other seasonal activities, there is a boat launch, fishing docks, live bait shop, and even a fish cleaning house for campers partial to casting a line in the warmer months. East of Minneapolis, this campground is just under thirty minutes from New Auburn State Public Hunting Grounds. Get your bow or rifle hunt on in the fall and your fish on in the summer!
Stay in the heart of the Wisconsin Dells, home of both Scenic RV locations, and enjoy the outdoors at the Dells Camping Resort. East of the Wisconsin River, this campground is 10 minutes from the previously mentioned Lemonweir Bottomland Hardwood Forest State Natural Area. Enjoy Wisconsin hunting, fishing, trapping and more are allowed at this state-owned forest.
A rustic Wisconsin Dells campground, Ho-Chunk has a variety of camping options, including pull-through full hookup sites for RVers. This hunting campground sits along the Wisconsin River. Just a few miles north, you’ll find the Lemonweir Bottomland Hardwood Forest State Natural Area. Hunting, fishing, trapping, and more outdoor activities are permitted in this state-owned area. It’s a popular stop for Wisconsin hunting, so hunting enthusiasts can’t miss it!
Along the shores of Boulder Lake, this resort is perfect for campers looking for a remote camping experience. Being so remote, it’s the perfect campground to bring your four-legged hunting partner. The lake and the resort are both located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, which covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Hunting, fishing and other activities are permitted in certain areas of the forest- so be sure to check hunting maps. We wouldn’t want anyone to get into trouble with the game warden for hunting in an unauthorized area!
This family-friendly campground is known for its quiet, friendly atmosphere and, of course, fishing and swimming. There’s an onsite bar and grill, which is open to the public if you’ve got friends and family in the area. The campground is roughly fifteen minutes from Swan Lake State Wildlife Area. The recreational area is notes for hunting waterfowl, deer, furbears, rabbits, squirrels and turkey. The wildlife area was first designated in 1963 and has since become a popular place for Wisconsin hunting.