2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 29, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Moulton, Miller, Bewley, Lasee,
Marklein, Vinehout and Wirch, cosponsored by Representatives Shankland,
Kleefisch, Milroy, Berceau, E. Brooks, R. Brooks, Crowley, Doyle, Edming,
Hebl, Horlacher, Kolste, Kremer, Mason, Mursau, Ohnstad, Sinicki,
Skowronski, Spiros, Spreitzer, Thiesfeldt, Tittl and Wachs. Referred to
Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry.
1An Act to create
29.054 of the statutes; relating to: requiring the Department
2of Natural Resources to establish a special wild turkey hunting program for
3certain disabled veterans, providing an exemption from emergency rule
4procedures, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Natural Resources to promulgate rules to
administer a program under which it provides instruction to disabled veterans who
are learning to hunt wild turkey and under which it establishes a special wild turkey
hunting event during which only disabled veterans are allowed to participate. The
bill defines a disabled veteran as a veteran who is a resident of this state and who
has a service-connected disability rating under federal law of at least 50 percent.
Under this bill, a disabled veteran may hunt wild turkey during a special wild
turkey hunting event established by DNR if the disabled veteran holds the required
turkey hunting approvals or has been issued a waiver from all hunting license,
permit, and other approval requirements by DNR, receives instruction about wild
turkey hunting as specified by DNR, and is accompanied by a mentor at all times
while hunting. The bill requires the mentor to have at least five years of hunting
experience, to hold a valid hunting approval, and to provide instruction or assistance
to the disabled veteran. The bill prohibits DNR from charging a disabled veteran
participating in the program a fee to receive instruction or a waiver. The bill requires
the special event to take place during the two-week period immediately preceding
the period during which the hunting of wild turkey is otherwise allowed by the
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
29.054 of the statutes is created to read:
229.054 Special wild turkey hunting event. (1)
In this section:
(a) “Disabled veteran" means a person who is all of the following:
1. A veteran, as defined in s. 45.01 (12) (a) to (f).
2. A resident of this state.
3. The recipient of an award from the U.S. department of veterans affairs of a 7
service-connected disability rating under 38 USC 1114
of at least 50 percent.
(b) “Mentor" means a person who has at least 5 years of hunting experience, 9
who holds any valid hunting approval issued by the department, and who provides 10
instruction or renders assistance to a disabled veteran learning to hunt wild turkey.
The department shall promulgate rules to administer a program under 12
which it provides instruction to disabled veterans about wild turkey hunting and 13
establishes a special wild turkey hunting event for disabled veterans who are 14
learning to hunt wild turkey. A disabled veteran is authorized to hunt wild turkey 15
during the special wild turkey hunting event established under this subsection if all 16
of the following apply:
(a) The disabled veteran holds the required approvals under s. 29.164 or holds 18
a waiver issued by the department under sub. (3).
(b) The disabled veteran receives instruction about wild turkey hunting as 20
specified by the department.
(c) The disabled veteran is accompanied by a mentor at all times while hunting.
The department shall issue a waiver to a disabled veteran under this 3
section who applies for the waiver in the form and manner required by the 4
department. A disabled veteran who is issued a waiver under this subsection may 5
hunt wild turkey during the special wild turkey hunting event established under 6
sub. (2) without holding any approval that would otherwise be required under this 7
chapter to hunt wild turkey.
The special wild turkey hunting event established under sub. (2) shall allow 9
wild turkey hunting during the 2 weeks immediately preceding the time period 10
during which wild turkey hunting is otherwise allowed by the department.
The department may not charge a fee for a waiver issued, or the instruction 12
provided, by the department under this section.
(1) The department of natural resources may use the procedure under section 15
227.24 of the statutes to promulgate rules under section 29.054 (2) of the statutes. 16
Notwithstanding section 227.24 (1) (c) and (2) of the statutes, emergency rules 17
promulgated under this subsection remain in effect until July 1, 2019, or the date on 18
which permanent rules take effect, whichever is sooner. Notwithstanding section 19
227.24 (1) (a) and (3) of the statutes, the department of natural resources is not 20
required to provide evidence that promulgating a rule under this subsection as an 21
emergency rule is necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, safety, 22
or welfare and is not required to provide a finding of emergency for a rule 23
promulgated under this subsection.