Sept. 6 — Black bear hunting season opens. Runs through Oct. 10. See current black bear hunting regulations for zone and hunting method specific dates.
Sept. 9 — Animal Feeding Days at Devil’s Lake State Park’s Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m., watch the animals, including box turtles, a watersnake and tree frogs, eat their lunch. For information, contact Susan Johansen at Susan.Johansen@wisconsin.gov or 608-356-8301 ext. 140.
Sept. 9 — Moncarch tagging at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, from 1-3 p.m. on both days. Nets and monarch tags will be provided. Meet at the Steinke Basin Parking Lot. For information, contact Susan Johansen at Susan.Johansen@wisconsin.gov or 608-356-8301 ext. 140.
Sept. 9 — The Petenwell and Castle Rock Stewards annual fundraiser, from noon to 4 p.m. at Petenwell County Park, located at 2004 Bighorn Drive in Arkdale. Event includes food, raffles and music. Money goes to improving the water quality in the Petenwell and Castle Rock lakes. For information, contact Jim at 608-356-6537.
Sept. 9 — Monarch tagging at Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon. From 10 a.m. to noon help catch monarchs and watch as DNR tags them. For information, call 920-387-7889.
Sept. 9-10 — Grandparents Weekend at the Marsh Haven Nature Center in Waupun. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, all grandparents and grandchildren receive free admission to the center. For information call 920-324-5818.
Sept. 12 — Guided hike at the Marsh Haven Nature Center in Waupun from 10 to 11 a.m. Go on the Marsh Haven’s Walters Woodland Trail. For information, call 920-324-5818.
Sept. 14 – Stories at the Marsh: Wetland Yoga program from 10 to 11 a.m. at Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon. For information call 920-387-7889.
Sept. 15 — Early September Canada goose hunting season closes.
Sept. 15 – Guided paddle of Horicon Marsh, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon. Registration is required. Event costs $15. For information or to register, contact Liz Herzmann at 920-387-7893.
Sept. 16 — Canada goose season opens in the North Exterior Zone and runs through Dec. 16. … Canada goose season opens in the South Exterior Zone and runs through Oct. 8. Season reopens in the South Zone Oct. 14 and runs through Dec. 21. … Horicon Zone Canada goose opens runs through Dec. 16. … Fall turkey hunting season opens through Dec. 31 in Zones 1-5 through Nov. 17 in Zones 6-7. … Archery and crossbow deer season opens through Jan. 7, 2018. … Ruffed grouse season opens in the Zone A through Jan. 31. (Zone B opens Oct. 15 to Dec. 8.). … Cottontail rabbit season opens in the northern zone, runs through Feb. 28. … Gray and fox squirrel season opens, runs through Jan. 31. … Fall crow season opens, runs through Nov. 17.
Sept. 16-17 — Special two-day waterfowl duck hunt. Open to youth 10-15 years old who are hunter safety certified or participating in a mentored hunt; all other state license requirements are waived except for HIP registration and Canada goose permit requirements; youths must be accompanied by adult. The bag limit and tag requirements apply for the respective zone. These days overlap with open goose season in most zones so adults will also be able to shoot geese but not duck during the youth hunt.
Sept. 22 – Fall Living History Festival and Education Day, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Marsh Haven Nature Center in Waupun. School groups and students are invited to attend. For information call 920-324-5818.
Sept. 23-24 – Fall Living History Festival, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days at the Marsh Haven Nature Center in Waupun. For information call 920-324-5818.
Sept. 23 – Seed collecting, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Mayville. Help collect native prairie seeds. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended. Meet at the Egret Trail boardwalk parking lotoff of the refuge auto tour on Hwy. 49. Native landscape tours will also be given between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center.
Sept. 23 – National Hunting and Fishing Day, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon. Activities for kids interested in bowhunting and fishing. All equipment will be provided. For information call 920-387-7889.