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GENERAL HUNTING INFORMATION
Hunting application closed for the Managed Sites 2021/22 hunting season.
Click here for OWLT's hunting policy and a list of our Open Access Sites.
It is the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust’s policy to allow and encourage responsible hunting on our preserves. This policy fits our mission in many ways, the top four are outlined below.
Mission of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust:
Preserving the water resources, natural areas, and working lands of Ozaukee and Washington Counties.
Our efforts improve the water quality of our lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands, protect and enhance wildlife habitat, and preserve the scenic and open spaces that define our rural landscape. By creating strong conservation relationships we promote public awareness of the benefits of land preservation, and provide opportunities for nature-based recreation, improving the quality of life in our communities.
- Protect and enhance wildlife habitat
Over browsing by herbivores like deer and rabbits can degrade wildlife habitat for all species. Selective hunting can balance populations and ensure habitat for all species in the future.
- Preserve the scenic and open spaces
Over browsing degrades the natural landscape and decreases plant diversity. Selective hunting helps assure that native flora can be established and remain viable for the future.
- Conservation relationships
The hunting community is one of our greatest assets. By partnering with hunters, OWLT can protect and enhance our preserves through partnerships and gain outside knowledge of our sites through the public’s perspective.
- Nature-based recreation
Hunting is an excellent intergenerational tradition in Wisconsin. It promotes family traditions and provides an outdoor recreational, educational, and stewardship opportunity for youth that is often missing.