The anglers aren’t the only ones landing the trophies around here. Sure, we’re home to The World’s Largest Chain of 28 Connected Lakes, but we’re also home to a huge spread of scenic public land that makes hunting for deer, woodcock and grouse especially rewarding. We got the inside scoop from Kurt Krueger of the Vilas County News-Review and Dan Anderson, resident and the owner of Dairy Queen of Eagle River. So, come to Eagle River and see everything our fall hunting has to offer.
This Land is Your Land, This Land is Our Land
Because of the huge expanse of land, Vilas County (and Eagle River in particular) is a favorite hunting destination for many. Take your pick from county, state and national forest lands including the Nicolet side of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Alternatively, you can visit some of the area Public Access Lands that are open to hunting.
Do Your Research
It’s a good idea to know where you’re going to hunt before you get here. The Department of Natural Resources and Go Wild Wisconsin are great resources for area maps and habitat/cover information. And make sure you check the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce hunting report. If you’re not sure where to go, or it’s your first time hunting in Eagle River, consider booking a white-tailed deer or grouse hunt with Al’s Guide Service.
What Will You Find?
We’re home to many ruffed grouse, American woodcock and white-tailed deer. And we happen to be in the migratory path of northern mallards if you’re into waterfowl hunting as well. If you’re looking for deer and ruffed grouse, head to one of the more heavily managed public forests like the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest that extends from Eagle River into Northern Vilas County.
Stop into Town
Forgot your shells? Need an extra layer in the brisk Northwoods fall climate? Stop into Eagle Sports, Walkabout Paddle and Apparel, or The Hiker Box to find the gear you’ll need. And when all is said and done, pack up your gear and celebrate your haul with a pint at Tribute Brewing Co. or one of our Bar/Grills.
Plan Your Trip
So what are you waiting for? With forests and lakes and tons of game, there’s no place more scenic to hunt than in the public lands of Vilas County and Eagle River.