2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 15, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Testin, Vinehout, Bewley, Olsen,
Wirch, Lasee, Petrowski, Carpenter and Hansen, cosponsored by
Representatives Hesselbein, Kleefisch, Kolste, Weatherston, Sinicki,
Tittl, Anderson, Hebl, Novak, Berceau, Ohnstad, Goyke, Doyle, Milroy,
Edming, Tusler, Mursau, R. Brooks, Wachs, Ripp, E. Brooks, Kulp, Macco,
Spreitzer, Petryk, Hintz, Kremer and Zamarripa. Referred to Committee on
Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry.
1An Act to amend
29.164 (3m) (title); and to create
29.164 (3m) (am) of the 2
statutes; relating to: an exemption for resident disabled veterans and for
3recipients of the purple heart medal from the cumulative preference system for
4issuing wild turkey hunting licenses and tags.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under this bill, the Department of Natural Resources must issue wild turkey
hunting licenses and tags to resident disabled veterans and to recipients of the
purple heart medal without using the cumulative preference system required under
Under current law, if the number of applicants for wild turkey hunting tags for
a given wild turkey hunting zone or a given wild turkey hunting season time period
exceeds the number of available wild turkey hunting tags allocated by DNR for that
zone or time period, DNR must issue wild turkey hunting licenses and tags for that
zone or time period according to a cumulative preference system. Under this system,
DNR issues a limited number of licenses and tags to applicants according to their
placement in any of several preference categories based on landowner status,
resident status, and the number of seasons for which the applicant applied for but
was not issued a license.
Under current law, DNR may issue wild turkey hunting licenses and tags to
certain members of the U.S. armed forces without requiring that the licenses and
tags be issued pursuant to the cumulative preference system.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
29.164 (3m) (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Wild turkey hunting licenses issued to members of armed
3forces, disabled veterans, and recipients of the purple heart medal.
29.164 (3m) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) Notwithstanding sub. (3), the department shall issue to 6
disabled veterans and to qualified recipients of the purple heart medal wild turkey 7
hunting licenses and tags without requiring that the licenses and tags be issued 8
pursuant to the cumulative preference system under sub. (3). A disabled veteran is 9
a resident who produces evidence that shows that he or she is a veteran, as defined 10
in 38 USC 101
, and is receiving disability compensation benefits under 38 USC 1101 11
for disabilities that result in a disability rating that is 50 percent or greater 12
under 38 USC 1114
, or is receiving disability compensation benefits due to 13
being individually unemployable under 38 CFR 4.16
as authorized under 38 USC
. The department shall recognize an annual disabled veteran recreation card 15
issued under s. 29.236 as sufficient evidence that a person is a disabled veteran. A 16
qualified recipient of the purple heart medal is a person who exhibits proof that he 17
or she has received the medal.
(1) This act first applies to wild turkey hunting licenses issued for the first wild 2
turkey hunting season that begins after the effective date of this subsection.