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Wise Ridge State Natural Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 555
  • Habitat: This site is entirely forested with the dominant habitat being mixed hardwood forest.  Some areas of pine plantation are present.  Tunnel Hill State Trail runs through the property.  Topography is moderate to steep.
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Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • All hunting is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Hunters may leave tree stands unattended from September 15-January 31. Stands must be legibly marked with owner’s name, address and telephone number.
  • To use or occupy a ground blind during any firearm deer season on public land requires at least 400 square inches of solid vivid blaze orange material that is securely attached to the uppermost portion of the blind and a substantial amount of orange is visible for 360 degrees.
  • No ATV’s or bicycles are allowed.
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • Statewide regulations

Turkey

  • Statewide regulations

Waterfowl

  • No waterfowl hunting offered

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Statewide regulations
  • Rabbits
    • Statewide regulations

Upland Birds

  • Statewide regulations

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
    • Site specific permit required. Contact site for more information
    • Only Egg Traps, D-P (dog proof) traps, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design may be used for land sets

Amenities

  • None