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Charles Ermatinger’s hunting camp 1909

Charles Ermatinger’s hunting camp, east of Holcombe, Wis. in 1909.

As Chippewa Valley hunters continue in their pursuit of the next big buck, take a look at game laws from 1894, provided by the Chippewa Area History Center.

When wild game may be caught, taken or killed:

Woodchuck, quail, partridge, pheasant, prairie hen or chicken, grouse of any variety, plover or squirrel: Sept. 1 to Dec. 1

Snipe, wild duck of any variety, wild goose or brant of any variety or any aquatic fowl: Sept. 1 to Dec. 1

Deer, buck, doe or fawn: Oct. 1 to Nov. 1

Otter, mink, martin or fisher: Oct. 1 to May 1

Brook, rainbow and mountain trout: April 15 to Sept. 1

Mackinaw (lake) trout: Jan. 15 to Dec. 1

Pike (wall eyed): May 1 to March 1

Black, green and Oswego bass and Musklonge: May 1 to Feb. 1

White fish (in inland lakes/with net): Nov. 10 to Dec. 15

Pickerel: at any time

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Each Saturday, the Chippewa Area History Center showcases a piece of local history. Today’s Time Capsule includes a list of wildlife hunting rules and times for Chippewa County hunters in the late 1800s. In 2017, the Wisconsin gun deer season continues through Sunday.For more information, visit


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