Hunting, fishing, and trapping are allowed in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, except for a 300-foot buffer area around buildings. Please keep in mind that there are other users on the Reserve, such as hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.
Beginning in September of 2021, the Kickapoo Valley Forest School (KVFS), a public charter of the La Farge School District, will be sited on the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. There will be Kindergarten age students in and around the Visitor Center and grounds rounds daily. In the 2022-2023 school year and beyond, 1st and 2nd grades will be added to KVFS. The Kickapoo Reserve Management Board policy will be NO firearms, dangerous weapons or hunting will be allowed within 1000 feet of the KVR Visitor Center or grounds.
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve follows all regulations and rules as indicated by state laws. Consult Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources publications for these regulations. Hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses are not available at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve visitor center.
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve does not require day/trail use permits for hunters, trappers, or anglers when partaking in these activities. Parking at Reserve canoe access points does require a $5/vehicle permit. Camping on the Reserve requires the purchase of a camping permit.
What you need to know about hunting on the KVR:
Can I set up a trail camera on the KVR?
No, trail cameras are not allowed on the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.
Can I use a hunting blind or tree stand on the KVR?
Hunting blinds and tree stands are allowed on the Kickapoo Valley Reserve but must be removed at the end of each day.
Do I need a day or annual use permit to hunt on the KVR?
Hunters, trappers and fishers are not required to have a KVR annual or day use permit as long as they are actively hunting, trapping or fishing. If scouting, a use permit is required. Anyone parking at a river access point is required to pay a $5 permit fee or display a current year annual permit.
Are there any restricted areas?
*See "NEW SCHOOL ZONE" next column
Yes, there are two sets of buildings on the KVR. One is the Visitor Center, located a mile north of the Village of La Farge on State Hwy 131, and the other is the KVR Maintenance Building, located at the end of Corp Rd. There is a no hunting in a 300 ft. perimeter around both of these buildings.