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Oct. 6-14 – 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. 13 – Nature’s Trading Post at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo. Drop in at the park’s Nature Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bring an object, photograph, drawing or journal entry and learn about it. For information contact Sue Johansen at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or

Oct. 11 – Dells Rifle Club Fall Gun and Sporting Collectibles Show, from 4 to 10 p.m. at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Admission is $5. For information contact Adam at 608-697-0644.

Oct. 11 – Public trapping auction for the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, located at N7725 Highway 28 in Horicon. Doors open at 5 p.m., allowing trappers to ask questions and review information before the auction begins at 6 p.m. Contact Chris Cole at 920-210-1641 or Sadie O’Dell at 920-387-2658 ext. 114 or to obtain bidding conditions, trapping rules and regulations, scouting permit or other information.

Oct. 13 – Duck season in the southern and Mississippi River zones reopens through Dec. 2 in southern zone and Dec. 4 in Mississippi River zone. … Canada goose season in the south exterior zone and Mississippi River subzone reopens through Dec. 2 in the southern zone (and Dec. 16-Jan. 3) and Jan. 3 in the Mississippi River zone.

Oct. 14 – Coyote trapping season opens through Feb. 15. … Fisher trapping season opens in various zones, through Dec. 31.

Oct. 15 – Inland trout season closes.

Oct. 20 – Pheasant season opens at 9 a.m.; runs through Jan. 6. … Ruffed grouse in the zone B opens through Dec. 8. … Sharp-tailed grouse opens through Nov. 11. There are 25 permits available for the 2018 sharp-tailed grouse season. Permits are only available in Game Management Unit 8. The season will close Nov. 11. … Bobwhite quail season opens at noon through Dec. 12. … Hungarian partridge season opens at 9 a.m. through Jan. 6. … 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. … Period 1 hunting and trapping season for bobcat north of Hwy. 64 through Dec. 25.

Oct. 20 – Candlelight Halloween Hike at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Go on a 1-mile, torch-lit hike, show off your costume by the campfire and listen to the songs of Campfire Kevin. Meet at the Chateau on the north shore. For information contact Sue Johansen at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or

Oct. 20-21 – Portage Rod and Gun Club Gun Show. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5. Tables are $15. The Portage Rod and Gun Club is located west of Portage on Highway 16. For information call 608-617-8388.

Oct. 27 – Creepy, Crawly, Critter Campfire at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Activities happen outside the park’s Nature Center. For information contact Sue Johansen at 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or

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.

To submit an item for the Outdoor Calendar, mail it to 1640 LaDawn Drive, Portage, WI, 53901, or email Outdoors Editor Travis Houslet at thouslet@capital


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