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County Executive's Office

2019 Archery Limited Access Permits Application Process Now Open

July 25, 2019
Darren Marsh, Parks Director
Land & Water Resources


Contact: Darren Marsh, Parks Director

(608) 224-3766;


2019 Archery Limited Access Permits Application Process Now Open


MADISON, WI – July 25, 2019:  Archers interested in applying for an opportunity to receive a 2019 Dane County Parks Archery Limited Access Permit can do so through 11:59 PM on Tuesday, August 20, 2019  by visiting 186 Limited Access Archery Permits will be available this year. The permit provides opportunities for archers to hunt deer and turkey on specific county lands with the required state licenses.


Participants 16 years of age and older are limited to one permit, non-transferable, for one property for the fall hunting season.  Youths 15 years of age and younger may accompany and hunt under the direction of a valid permit holder. The fee for the online application is $3.  Winners will be selected through a random computer drawing on Thursday, August 22, 2019 and be notified via email. 


Successful applicants will have until 4:00 PM Wednesday, September 4, 2019 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,” said Darren Marsh, Parks Director for Dane County. “It’s an opportunity for the archer to have a quality hunting experience while helping the county manage its lands.”


The Dane County Parks Commission introduced the management program in 2002 to help curb deer numbers within the county’s public lands. Interest in the program has stayed steady over the years with more than 400 annual applicants seeking approximately 186 permits.


The program includes approximately 5,200 acres of county lands:



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 of designated Wildlife Areas and is working on plans for additional properties.


To learn more about County Wildlife Areas and all public lands open to hunting in Dane County, please check the hunting opportunities page of the Parks website at or contact Dane County Parks at (608) 224-3730.


About Dane County Parks

Dane County Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast and natural environments for quiet getaways or special events.  Dane County Parks takes an active role to enhance and preserve the county’s finest natural resources.