Hunting in our Vast & Remote Forests!

Black%20Bear%201%20-%20pd RoadBirds DSCN1968 DSCN1078Eighty percent of Iron County is forest land. That’s 377,900 acres! Beyond the local and county forests in Hurley, we’re also surrounded by the Cheguamegon National Forest, Ottawa National Forest, American Legion State Forest, Porcupine Mountain State Wilderness Area and the Apostle Island National Lake Shore. Hurley is the perfect home base for you to explore the forests and make day trips to the rest, which are within an hour’s drive. If you listen carefully in the deep woods at night, you may hear the howl of a timber wolf. We have abundant populations of deer and beaver within our vast, road less forests. Bald eagles and osprey are among the many predators that make their home here. You may also see the occasional bear, moose or elk.
Game species are found across the greater Hurley area…some even wander right into town! Hunting opportunities abound. Large expanses of public lands (190,000 acres make up the third largest county forest in Wisconsin) give the adventurous room to roam. Hunter walking trails are found throughout the county. The Mecca and Uller cross-country ski trails double as hunter walking trails in the fall.
Deer are the most popular game species here. Others include bear, ruffed grouse, geese, and duck. Predator hunting is allowed for coyote, red fox and bobcats. Trappers also enjoy our area for dry land and wet trapping of beavers, otter, mink and muskrat. Populations vary widely depending upon the type of wetlands and precipitation each season.