STOP 16: HUNTING AND TRAPPING
When people think of state wildlife areas, they often think of a place to hunt and trap. Surprisingly, many visitors to Wisconsin State Wildlife Areas are there to observe nature. The Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area (NBWA) is similar in that dog training and trialing, motorized recreation, and nature observation likely all exceed the visits by active hunters or trappers. However, great hunting and trapping can be found on the property and many do take advantage of these opportunities.
The area has healthy populations of deer, bear, turkeys, coyotes, fox, and sharp-tailed grouse, as well as many other species of small game and furbearers. Many sportsmen and women have figured out that a great diversity of wildlife is attracted to recently burned brush prairie habitats. They pursue a great variety of game animals and are often successful.