Whether you carry a shotgun, rifle or bow, and with over 130,000 acres of territory open for public hunting you will find unlimited opportunities in Langlade County’s diverse forests and watersheds. Wildlife available to hunt include deer and bear, ruffed grouse & woodcock, squirrel, rabbit, turkey and waterfowl. Predator hunting is also a big sport in Langlade County. Hunting, as well as many other non-motorized activities, is allowed on all county lands entered into the County Forest Crop Law, private and industrial lands entered into the Forest Crop Law or Managed Forest Lands Law and designated State of Wisconsin lands.
These lands can be accessed from any road found on the official County Road Map. Access beyond these official roads, by motorized vehicle, is a matter of rules and policies approved by each entity. The many roads that bisect these lands are open to foot access and some are open to motorized access (see chart below Tree Stands section).
No person shall construct, cause to be constructed, use or occupy any permanent elevated scaffold or other permanent elevated device, commonly referred to as a tree stand, on any lands owned or under the control of Langlade County. Portable tree stands may be used, provided that they are erected after September 1 and completely removed no later than one week following the close of late archery season, such portable tree stands are not in any manner bolted, nailed or screwed to the tree and such portable tree stands cause no permanent damage to the trees in which they are placed. The use of nails, screws, spikes or other devices to aid in climbing a tree is prohibited. The cutting of shooting lanes is prohibited. Tree stands found in violation of this ordinance may be removed and will become the property of Langlade County. A person who violates this ordinance is subject to a forfeiture of $50 to $500 plus cost.
Ackley Wildlife Area has 27 shallow waterfowl flowages encompassing more than 400 acres of water. The remainder of the property is a mix of native grasslands, aspen, and northern hardwood stands, which provides excellent opportunities to pursue a variety of game species, such as deer, turkey, black bear, ruffed grouse, woodcock, and waterfowl. Beavers, muskrats, fishers, and coyotes are abundant on this property and on the 27,000 acres of surrounding county forest lands.
Ackley Wildlife Maps can be found on the Wisconsin DNR website by clicking here.
Hunter Walking Trails has 24-miles of primarily forest roads that have been widened, mowed, and maintained annually. The area is primarily aspen forests with intermixed hardwood ridges and swamps. This block of county forest is focused on creating an ideal habitat for whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, American woodcock, and other "young forest" wildlife species. Accessible off of County Highway T, Jack Lake Firelane, Camp 23 Road, and Stevens Springs Grade.
Hunter Walking Trail Brochure with Map
The Langlade County Bow and Gun Range facility is maintained by the Langlade County Forestry, Parks, and Recreation Department. It is regulated by the Langlade County Forests, Parks, and Recreation Ordinance and violations of the range regulations are subject to penalties as specified in the ordinance. The range offers facilities for archery, airgun, and firearm use. There are benches to site in rifles or pistols, set at 25 yards, 50 yards, 100 yards, 200 yards, and 300 yards. Shooters will need to bring paper targets and attach them to target holders. The trap area provides an opportunity for hand-thrown clay targets. There is also an archery range in the wooded area south of the 100, 200, and 300-yard target area. Archers will need to bring targets, and attach them to the bales at each target site.
Please contact the Langlade County Forest and Recreation Department with questions at (715) 627-6300.
Peters Marsh Wildlife Area covers 1,687 acres in central Langlade County. The property is made up of a variety of habitat types including forests, fields, wetlands, and native grasslands. The variety of cover provides access to numerous wildlife species including waterfowl, ruffed grouse, deer, turkey, black bear, woodcock, snowshoe hare, and beaver.
Hunters, hikers, and birdwatchers alike will enjoy all that this property has to offer. Located on County Highway A about 9 miles northeast of Antigo, there are six parking areas that provide access to more than 10 miles of grass walking trails. Motorized vehicle travel is prohibited.
Peters Marsh Wildlife Maps can be found on the Wisconsin DNR website by clicking here.