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Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 1,530
  • Habitat: area has gently rolling topography. Most of the hunting area is small, open fields bordered by heavy fencerows, border plantings of shrubs, small trees, pines, and small patches of brush and timber.
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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.
  • Hunters may leave stands unattended. Stands must be legibly marked with owner’s name, address and telephone number or site assigned identification number. All stands must be removed no later than 2 weeks after the final day of legal deer hunting season.
  • No ATV access.
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • Archery
    • Statewide regulations.
    • Note the tree stand rule for the site.
  • Firearm, Muzzleloader, and Late Winter Antlerless
    • Statewide regulations.
    • Must possess a County Permit to hunt this site.
    • Note the treestand rule for the site.

Turkey

  • Spring
    • Statewide regulations.
    • Requires site-specific permit issued via the statewide lottery.
  • Fall Archery
    • Statewide regulations.
    • Note the treestand rule for the site.
  • Fall Shotgun
    • Statewide regulations.
    • Requires site-specific permit issued via the statewide lottery.

Waterfowl

  • Snipe, Rail
    • Hunting hours are sunrise-sunset until rabbit season opens, then hours are 8 am-4 pm.
  • No other waterfowl hunting offered.

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Hunting is with shotgun only.
  • Rabbits
    • Statewide regulations.

Upland Birds

  • Dove, Quail, Woodcock
    • Statewide regulations.
  • Crow
    • Season is October 28-February 28.
    • Hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise-sunset.

Furbearers

  • 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
    • Closed during the firearms deer season
    • Only Egg traps, D-P(Dog-proof) Traps, Lil Grizz Get’rz, box traps, cage traps and traps of similar design may be used for land sets; only body gripping traps with a jaw spread of 5 inches or less, foothold traps with a jaw spread of 4 1/2 inches or less and square body gripping traps with a 10 jaw spread may be used for water sets; snares may be used for water sets
    • Trappers must stay in their assigned areas. Contact site for more information.

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