Whether you're looking to explore or just relax, Antigo and Langlade County, located in the great Wisconsin "Northwoods", offers residents and visitors alike an abundant array of cultural, historical, natural, and recreational options. The true up north tourist destination provides a wide variety of northern Wisconsin recreational opportunities to meet everyone's liking all year long. For good reason, this is why Langlade County has been branded the "County of Trails."
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Hunting in Langlade County
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).
Tree Stands 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.
Langlade County Forest Tree Stands- Portable tree stands only. September 1 thru January 7 only. No Screws, spikes or nails.
Ground Blinds- Must be constructed of natural materials only. No cutting of live trees or shooting lanes.
ATV & Vehicle Use- Prohibited on all gated, locked, bermed or posted areas.
State of Wisconsin Land Ownership Tree Stands- Portable stands only. Must be removed daily.
Ground Blinds- Must be constructed of natural materials only. Daily removal required.
ATV & Vehicle Use- Restricted unless on designated ATV posted trail.
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Safety Note: Due to the July 19th storm, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is open to visitors; however, hazards exist from the storm event that may pose a safety risk to hunters/visitors. Visitors should refer to the closure order for recreation areas, trails and roads that were damaged by the storm event by clicking here. The order includes a map showing road closures.
Tree Stands- Portable tree stands only. No cutting of live trees. Can erect one day before hunting season. Must be removed at the end of late bow hunting season. No nails, screws, screw in steps, etc.
Ground Blinds- Made from natural vegetation only. No cutting of live vegetation. Must be removed after the season.
ATV & Vehicle Use- No ATV use. Street legal vehicles only on forest roads unless gated or bermed.
Please contact the Langlade County Forest and Recreation Department at 715-627-6300 with questions on county land hunting usage and tree stands on county land.
For Wisconsin's hunting regulations go to the Wisconsin DNR website by clicking here. For more information on deer hunting in Wisconsin, click here. Wisconsin's baiting and feeding regulations have changed, click here for more information. To find out more about chronic wasting disease, click here.
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.
The Langlade County Bow and Gun Range is open from April 1, weather permitting, through November 30. The facility is administered by the Langlade County Forestry and Recreation Department. It is regulated by the Langlade County Forests and Parks Ordinance and violations of the range regulations are subject to penalties as specified in the ordinance. Please contact the Langlade County Forest and Recreation Department with questions at (715) 627-6300.
The range facility is open for use and shooting at 7 a.m. with closing to follow State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hunting hours, on a year-round basis, except for "special scheduled events." from April 1, weather permitting, through November 30.
All special scheduled events that run beyond the normal hours of operation must obtain special approval from the Langlade County Forestry and Recreation Department.
No shooting is allowed after range hours when the range is open for a permitted "special event" unless that shooting is directly associated with that "special event."
It shall be unlawful to have in possession or consume alcoholic beverages on the range property.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to discharge any firearm or bow in the range while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
No overnight camping is permitted.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to discharge any firearm, air-gun, or bow in any area within the public bow and gun range not specially designated for such use, or contrary to posted regulations, or contrary to verbal order given by the person or persons in charge.
It shall be unlawful to engage in any sport or activity while in possession of an uncased firearm, air-gun, or bow, which in the judgment of any law officer or duly authorized person in charge constitutes a safety hazard.
It shall be unlawful to shoot at glass, plastic, or metal targets in the range. Shoot only at "authorized" or paper targets, except as authorized by the Forestry and Recreation Department.
Fully automatic weapons are prohibited on the range. Use of armor piercing, tracers, or incendiary ammunition is prohibited.
No person shall take, catch, kill, hunt, trap, pursue or otherwise capture any wild animals or birds in the Langlade County Bow and Gun Range located in the W1/2NE1/4 of Section 11, T30N-R11E.
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.