2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
May 16, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Jacque, Kleefisch, Brandtjen, E.
Brooks, Edming, Horlacher, Murphy, Tittl and Wichgers, cosponsored by
Senators Tiffany, Marklein and Stroebel. Referred to Committee on Natural
Resources and Sporting Heritage.
1An Act to amend
29.001 (30) and 29.001 (36); and to create
29.192 (6) of the 2
statutes; relating to: requiring an open season for woodchucks.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
The Department of Natural Resources currently, by rule, prohibits hunting and
trapping woodchucks without DNR's authorization by designating the woodchuck as
a “protected wild animal."
Under this bill, a woodchuck is defined as a “game animal" and as a
“fur-bearing animal." As a result, a person may hunt woodchucks under the
authority of a small game hunting license and trap woodchucks under a trapping
license. Also under this bill, DNR is required to establish an open season for
woodchucks that begins on July 1 of each year and ends on the following December
31. DNR may not impose a bag or possession limit for this season.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
29.001 (30) of the statutes is amended to read:
“Fur-bearing animals animal
" includes otter, beaver, mink, 5
marten, fisher, skunk, raccoon, fox, weasel, opossum, badger, 6
wolf, coyote, bobcat, cougar,
29.001 (36) of the statutes is amended to read:
" includes deer, moose, elk, bear, rabbit
s, rabbit, squirrel, woodchuck,
29.192 (6) of the statutes is created to read:
The department shall establish an open season for hunting and 6
trapping woodchucks that begins on July 1 of each year and ends on the following 7
December 31. The department may not impose a bag or possession limit for this 8