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.
Every year from April 15 to July 31, 145 acres are closed for dog training. Click here to learn more about this training area or here to download a map.
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.
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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. Unless part of a licensed event, all shooters must possess an annual permit issued by the Department or a daily use permit by processing payment at the payment box. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Langlade County Forestry Parks, & Recreation Department at 715-627-6300 or go to langladeforestryandparks.com.
Hours: The range is open 10:00 am until 6:00 pm from April 1 (weather permitting) through November 30 of each year. The range is closed from December 1 until March 30th. Other activities under a special use permit may allow use outside of the annual operation dates.
Fee: All range users 16 years of age or older will be required to pay either a daily use fee of $5.00 payable at the range or a $30 annual permit which is available at the Forestry, Parks and Recreation Department Office at 1633 Neva Road (Fairgrounds), Antigo, Wisconsin.
Regulations/ Rules:Click here to download the Gun and Bow Range Rules
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.