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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Application Process About to Begin for 2018 Archery Limited Access Permits

July 24, 2018
Darren Marsh, Parks Director (608) 224-3766
Land & Water Resources

MADISON, WI – July 24, 2018 - The application process for 2018 Dane County Parks Archery Limited Access Permits is about to begin. This year, 185 Limited Access Archery Permits will be available.  Archers can submit an online application from Monday, July 30, 2018 through Tuesday, August 21, 2018. This program provides opportunities for archers to hunt deer and turkey on specific county lands with the required State licenses. The program includes approximately 5,200 acres of county lands:

Youths 15 years of age and younger may accompany and hunt under the direction of a valid permit holder.  Participants 16 years of age and older are limited to one permit, non-transferable, for one property for the fall hunting season.  Archers who would like to participate in the archery program will have until midnight, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM to apply online at The fee for the online application is $3.  Winners will be selected through a random computer drawing on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Winners will be notified by email and will have until 4:00 PM Wednesday, September 5, 2018 to pick up their Access Permits at the Dane County Parks Office, 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Room 208, Madison, WI 53718.  The cost of the permit remains at $14 and helps offset the program administration costs.

“This has been a tremendously popular program,” stated Darren Marsh, Parks Director for Dane County.  “The Dane County Parks Commission introduced the management program in 2002 to help curb deer numbers within the county’s public lands.”  Marsh says it’s an opportunity for the archer to have a quality hunting experience while helping the county manage its lands.  Interest in the program has stayed steady over the years with over 400 annual applicants seeking approximately 184 permits. 

Dane County also offers hunting opportunities that require no access permit.  Since 2007, the Park Commission has designated specific lands as County Wildlife Areas, similar to State Wildlife Areas.  Dane County has approximately 3,500 acres designated as Wildlife Areas and is working on plans for additional properties.  To find out more information on the County Wildlife Areas and all public lands open to hunting within Dane County, please check the Hunting Opportunities page of the Parks website at or contact Dane County Parks at (608) 224-3730.