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Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit First Lottery Begins August 16!

Embarras River Bottoms State Habitat Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 535
  • Habitat: The area is comprised of many community types, including upland forest, old field-scrub/shrub, man-made created wetlands, floodplain forest, and oxbows of the former channel of the Embarras River which bisects the property.

Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • Site requires use of windshield card, displayed on vehicle dashboard, to report hunting effort and harvest by 15 February.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Tree stands may be left unattended from September 15 – January 31. Stands must be legible marked with owner’s name, address and telephone number.
  • No off-road vehicle or boat use is allowed.
  • Non-toxic shot is required for all upland game hunting.
  • All waterfowl hunting will be closed during deer firearms and muzzleloader seasons.
  • Species-specific rules:


  • Archery
    • Statewide regulations
    • Closed during the firearm deer season
  • Firearm, Muzzleloader
    • Site specific permit required
    • Contact site for more information


  • Spring and Fall Firearm
    • Site specific permit required
    • Contact site for more information
  • Fall Archery
    • Statewide regulations


  • Waterfowl hunting is available through the lottery system allocating public duck and goose hunting area permits. Instructions and and online application are available here.
  • Teal and Early Goose
    • Statewide regulations
  • Regular season
    • Hunting is only allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
    • Hunting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1 p.m.
  • Late Goose season
    • Statewide regulations


  • Squirrels
    • Statewide regulations
  • Rabbits
    • Statewide regulations

Upland Birds

  • Quail, Woodcock
    • Statewide regulations


  • Hunting
    • Statewide regulations
    • Rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller may be used from sunset to sunrise.
    • Furbearer hunting closed during Firearm Deer Season
      • Hunters with a valid, unfilled firearm deer permit for the hunt area may take coyotes during legal hours of the firearm deer season. Otherwise, the use of shotgun slugs to take furbearing mammals is prohibited on state sites.
    • Coyote and striped skunk season coincides with the statewide fox season.
    • Windshield Card required
  • Trapping
    • Site specific permit required. Contact site for more information


  • None