Oct. 4 – Public trapping auction at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon. Doors open at 5 p.m. with auction beginning at 6 p.m. The DNR is offering 10 wetland units during the 2017-18 trapping season in the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area, as well as 11 dike/marsh units for the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. For information on bidding conditions, trapping rules and regulations or a scouting permit, contact Chris Cole at 920-210-1641 or Sadie O’Dell at 920-387-2658 ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 6 – Duck season closes in the Mississippi River zone; reopens Oct. 14 and runs through Jan. 4. … Canada goose season closes in the Mississippi River subzone. Season reopens Oct. 14 and runs through Jan. 4.
Oct. 7 – Second Annual Mirror Lake State Park S’More Fun Run. Event includes 1-mile hike along with 5K and 10K runs on the trails of Mirror Lake State Park. Post race food and beverages will be available, including s’mores around a campfire. Registration is limited to the first 400 participants. To register, go to Active.com. For information go to facebook.com/smorefuntrailrun/.
Oct. 7-8 – Youth deer hunt. Youth hunters ages 12 to 15 who have successfully completed a hunter education program and possess a gun deer hunting license may participate in this hunt. In addition, hunters ages 10 and 11, and youth 12 through 15 who have not completed hunter safety, can participate in the youth hunt with a mentor license. Qualified hunters may harvest one buck deer on their gun buck deer carcass tag and additional antlerless deer with the appropriate carcass tag. Adults accompanying the youth may not gun deer and cannot accompany more than two youths. All hunting regulations apply, including blaze orange clothing requirements. Archery hunting remains open but archers must wear blaze orange. See regulations for additional requirements.
Oct. 7-15 – Special deer hunt open to people with disabilities who have a disabled hunting permit. The hunts are held by landowners who have agreed to sponsor the hunters on their property. Hunters must have registered to participate at a designated sponsor location by Sept. 1.
Oct. 7-8 – Where are the Geese and Cranes program at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon. Drop in between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For information call 920-387-7889.
Oct. 7 – Horicon National Wildlife Refuge 5K Run/Walk for Wildlife from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For registration or information go to fonddulacrunningclub.com.
Oct. 8 – North Freedom Rod and Gun Club Fall Merchandise Shoot, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The club is located at S5723 Freedom Road, in North Freedom.
Oct. 8 – Duck season closes in the southern zone; reopens Oct. 14 through Dec. 3. … Canada goose season closes in the south exterior zone. Season reopens Oct. 14 and runs through Dec. 21.
Oct. 9 – Baraboo River Chapter of Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO) October meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. at Rivers Edge Pub & Grub on County Road A in Wisconsin Dells. All members and anyone interested should attend. For information contact Greg Wagner at 608-477-0641.
Oct. 10 – Black bear season closes. See current Wisconsin Bear Hunting Regulations for specific season dates and zones.
Oct. 10 – Waterfowl Walk at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. For information call 920-387-7889.
Oct. 12 – Stories at the Marsh: Spiders, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon. Stories and take home a craft. For information call 920-387-7889.
Oct. 14 – Market Basket Weaving Class, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Marsh Haven Nature Center in Waupun. To register contact Connie at 920-887-3638.
Oct. 14 – Crane Watch from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Palmatory Street Overlook in Horicon. Join educators an hour before sunset for a talk on the birds you see flying overhead. Picnic dinner encouraged. For information call 920-387-7889.
Oct. 14 – Stargazing at the Marsh, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon. Join members of the Northern Cross Science Foundation as they view the night sky. For information call 920-387-7889.
Oct. 14 – Duck season in the southern and Mississippi River zones reopens through Dec. 3 in southern zone and Dec. 5 in Mississippi River zone. … Canada goose season in the south exterior zone and Mississippi River subzone reopens through Dec. 21 in the southern zone and Jan. 4 in the Mississippi River zone. … Pheasant season opens at 9 a.m.; runs through Dec. 31. … Ruffed grouse in the zone B opens through Dec. 8. … Bobwhite quail season opens at noon through Dec. 6. … Hungarian partridge season opens at 9 a.m. through Dec. 31 (closed in Clark Marathon and Taylor counties). … Cottontail rabbit opens in southern zone at noon through Feb. 28. … Raccoon gun and trapping for state residents opens through Feb. 15. … Red and gray fox hunting and trapping opens through Feb. 15. … Coyote trapping season opens through Feb. 15. … Fisher trapping season opens in various zones, through Dec. 31. … Period 1 hunting and trapping season for bobcat north of Hwy. 64 through Dec. 25. … Inland trout season closes.
Oct. 14-15 – Horicon Marsh Archeological Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center in Horicon. Buckskinners encampment, atlatl throwing, artifacts, a drum circle, speakers and more. For information call 920-387-7889.
Oct. 19 – River Valley Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation’s Oktoberfest Gun Bash at Achterberg Archery in Pardeeville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. This is a Wheelin’ Sportsmen benefit event. For tickets, contact Jim Farrington at 608-235-8503 or by email at email@example.com.
Oct. 28 – Muskrat season statewide opens through March 4. … Mink season in the north, south and Winnebago zones opens through March 5.
Oct. 31 – Lake trout season closes on waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan and their tributaries. … Deadline to purchase Lake Winnebago system sturgeon spearing licenses.