Set, place, or operate any body-gripping type trap less than or equal to 60 square inches with a vertical measurement of greater than 7 1/2 inches when set. The vertical measurement is taken between the widest vertical points on the trap in the set position.
9. `Steel jawed traps.'
No person may set, place or operate any steel jaw trap with a spread width of more than 8 inches.
10. `Toothed traps.'
No person may set, place or operate any steel jawed trap with teeth unless it is located completely underwater at all times.
11. `Minimum waterset.'
Except when the muskrat or mink season is open, set, place or operate any waterset smaller than 5 1/2 inches jaw spread for steel jaw traps or less than or equal to 60 square inches measured from the maximum outside points on the width and height of the jaws of a trap that has not been set, for body-gripping type traps.
12. `Trap placement.'
Set, place or operate any body-gripping type trap greater than 60 square inches measured from the maximum outside points on the width and height of the jaws of a trap that has not been set, or any snare or cable restraint regardless of the size of the noose, in the following locations:
Within 3 feet of any federal, state or county road rights-of-way culvert unless completely submerged in water.
Within 100 yards of any building devoted to human occupancy without the owner's consent.
13. `Snare and cable restraint specifications.'
Set, place or operate any snare or cable restraint unless they are non-spring activated, constructed of galvanized aircraft cable and include a swivel.
14. `Snare specifications.'
Set, place or operate any snare unless the noose cable and noose attachments conform to the following specifications and as authorized under subd. 13.
Cable length shall be 5 feet or less with a diameter not exceeding 1/8 inch.
15. `Cable restraints specifications.'
Set, place or operate any cable restraint except for bobcat from December 1 to January 31 and fox and coyotes from December 1 to February 15, dates inclusive, provided the cable restraint conforms to the following specifications in addition to those under subd. 13.
Cable length of 7 feet or less, with a diameter of 3/32 inch or larger, consisting of multiple strands of wire.
Cable stops shall be affixed to the cable to ensure that the portion of the cable which makes up the noose loop may not be longer than 38 inches when fully open, or less than 8 inches when fully closed.
The bottom of the set restraint cable loop may not be less than 6 inches nor greater than 12 inches above the surface. The measurement to the surface is the distance to the first surface beneath the bottom of the set cable restraint where the surface is ground, ice, crusted or packed snow or any other hard material.
A cable restraint shall include a breakaway device or stop rated at 285 pounds or less; a reverse-bend washer lock with a minimum outside diameter of 1 1/4 inches; and staked in a manner that does not allow the restraint device to reach any part of a fence, rooted woody vegetation greater than 1/2‶ in diameter or any other immovable object or stake that could cause entanglement.
16. `Incidental take of raccoons and mink.'
No person may retain any raccoon taken incidentally with a cable restraint during the period when the use of cable restraints is authorized under subd. 15. a.
unless it is during the open season for raccoons listed in s. NR 10.01 (3) (b)
. No person may retain any mink taken incidentally with a colony trap unless it is during the open season for mink listed in s. NR 10.01 (4) (e)
17. `Colony trap use.'
No person may set, place or operate any colony trap except for muskrat and only if all of the following apply:
The trap is not used in conjunction with any fencing, netting or other material that creates an underwater obstruction designed to force or channel any wild animal into the trap.
While hunting or trapping, no person shall:
(c) Muskrat and beaver.
Molest any muskrat house, muskrat feeding house, or beaver dam. However, beaver dams may be altered by persons removing beaver causing damage under s. NR 12.10
NR 10.13(3)(a)(a) Legal time period.
The trapping hours shall be from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(b) Illegal time period.
No person may set or reset any trap or traps or attend any trapline from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Non-drowning sets shall be tended at least once each day and any animal captured shall be removed from the set.
Drowning sets shall be tended within a 4-day period following the last tending of the set. Any animal captured shall be removed from the set. Water levels shall be monitored to ensure effective drowning sets.
(4) Trap placement.
"Lawfully placed" for the purposes of s. 29.331 (5) (a)
, Stats., refers to when the trap was initially placed by the owner or operator of the trap.
NR 10.13 History
1-2-56; CR 01-006
: am. (1) (b) 11., Register August 2001 No. 548
, eff. 9-1-01; CR 01-008
: am. (1) (b) 4. and 5., Register October 2001 No. 550
, eff. 4-1-02; CR 02-018
: am. (3) (a) and (b) Register September 2002 No. 561
, eff. 10-1-02; CR 03-018
: am. (1) (b) 1., 5., 6., 8., 12. (intro.) and 13., cr. (1) (b) 14. to 16. Register November 2003 No. 575
, eff. 1-1-04; CR 04-046
: am. (1) (b) 6., r. and recr. (3) (c) Register September 2004 No. 585
, eff. 10-1-04; CR 05-031
: am. (1) (b) 8. b., 15. a. and d. Register October 2005 No. 598
, eff. 11-1-05; CR 06-012
: am. (1) (b) 6., 8. a. and b., 11., and 12. (intro.), cr. (1) (b) 8. c. Register December 2006 No. 612
, eff. 4-1-07, except (1) (b) 6. eff. 2-1-07; CR 06-037
: am. (1) (b) 2. Register June 2007 No. 618
, eff. 7-1-07; CR 07-015
: am. (1) (b) 15. (intro.) and a. Register September 2007 No. 621
, eff. 2-1-08; CR 07-035
: am. (1) (b) 15. Register April 2008 No. 628
, eff. 5-1-08; CR 08-011
: am. (1) (b) 6. Register September 2008 No. 633
, eff. 2-1-09; CR 09-015
: am. (1) (b) 15. (intro.) Register October 2009 No. 646
, eff. 2-1-10; CR 09-024
: am. (1) (b) 6., 12. (intro.) and 13. a. Register May 2010 No. 653
, eff. 6-1-10; CR 10-020
: am. (1) (b) 5. and 6., r. and recr. (1) (b) 16., cr. (1) (b) 17. Register October 2010 No. 658
, eff. 2-1-11; CR 11-030
: am. (1) (b) 13. Register February 2012 No. 674
, eff. 3-1-12.
Bobcat, fisher and otter.
No person may hunt or trap, or attempt to hunt or trap, any bobcat, fisher or otter unless he or she possesses a current and valid permit from the department and any associated pelt tags for the area or unit in which he or she is hunting or trapping.
(1) Harvest quotas.
The number of bobcat, fisher and otter permits issued annually shall be determined by the department. The department shall base its determination upon:
NR 10.145(2)(a)(a) Fisher.
The preharvest population goal for fisher management zones A, B, C, and D described under s. NR 10.01 (4) (dm)
is one fisher per 2 square miles of fisher range.
The preharvest population goal north of the state highway 64 is 2,500 bobcat plus-or-minus 20%.
The statewide preharvest population goal is 13,000 otter.
NR 10.145(3)(a)(a) Forms.
Applications for permits shall be made on forms provided by the department.
All permit applications shall be postmarked no later than the deadline dates indicated on the form or received by a department service center location on those dates to be considered for selection. The annual application deadlines may not be sooner than July 1.
NR 10.145 Note
The department conducts extensive publicity on the application deadlines beginning several months prior to any deadline. Application deadline dates are published in news releases, the department web site at www.dnr.wi.gov
, license outlet handouts, and pertinent regulation pamphlets. Department service center hours may vary by location.
(c) Application limit.
No person may apply for more than 1 permit for each species.
(d) Random selection.
If the number of applications for permits exceeds the number of permits available, successful applicants shall be randomly selected.
(e) Pelt tag issuance.
The department shall issue pelt tags to successful permit applicants as follows:
1. `Oversubscribed zones.'
If the number of applications for permits is equal to or more than the number of permits available, each successful applicant shall be issued a pelt tag.
2. `Undersubscribed zones.'
If the number of applications for permits is less than the number of permits available, the department may:
Make available to any person the remaining permits on a first-come, first-served basis; or
All permits are valid only in the area and for the time period specified on the permit during the open season established for bobcat.
NR 10.145(4)(a)(a) Field tagging.
When a bobcat, fisher or otter is killed and before it is carried by hand or transported in any manner, the person who trapped or killed the bobcat, fisher or otter shall immediately validate their pelt tag by slitting, tearing or punching the pelt tag in the manner indicated by the department and attach and seal the pelt tag to the animal in the manner indicated by the department. Failure to validate and attach and seal the pelt tag invalidates the permit. No person may tag a bobcat, fisher or otter that was trapped or killed by another.
(b) Transportation and possession.
No person may transport or possess an unskinned bobcat, fisher, otter carcass, or a raw pelt of these species unless it has been tagged in accordance with par. (a)
The pelt and registration tag shall remain attached to the pelt until removed by a fur dresser or taxidermist at time of preparation.
NR 10.145(5)(a)1.1. `Bobcat, fisher and otter.'
Unless authorized by the department, each person who has killed a bobcat, fisher or otter during the respective open season shall exhibit the pelt, separated from the rest of the carcass, to an authorized department representative no later than 5 days after the month of harvest.
The department may require each person exhibiting a bobcat, fisher or otter pelt to exhibit and provide the skinned carcass to the department.
(c) Department tagging.
The department shall inspect the pelt, and attach and lock a registration tag to the head portion of the pelt of all lawfully taken and possessed bobcat, fisher and otter.
Persons who intend to have a bobcat, fisher or otter mounted by a taxidermist may exhibit the bobcat, fisher or otter to the department for registration in whole carcass condition without separating the pelt and shall surrender the skinned carcass to the department within 30 days of registration.
(6) Possession and transfer restrictions.
No person may:
Possess raw bobcat, fisher or otter pelts after the 5th day following closure of the open season for each species and the respective opening date of the next trapping or hunting season without a registration tag attached and locked to the head of the animal.
Transfer, give, trade, sell or purchase a raw pelt or unskinned carcass of any bobcat, fisher or otter pelt without a registration tag being attached and locked to the head portion of the pelt by the department in accordance with sub. (5) (c)
(7) Season closure.
The secretary of the department may close a portion or all of any bobcat, otter or fisher season established in s. NR 10.01
, upon a finding by the department that the harvest for that season will exceed the level authorized by the department under sub. (1)
. Closure shall become effective upon issuance of an order and publication in the official state newspaper.
NR 10.145(8)(a)(a) Harvest reports.
The department may require each successful bobcat permit applicant to submit a harvest report in a manner prescribed by the department within 24 hours of harvesting a bobcat. If the department requires a person who has been issued a bobcat harvest permit to report the harvest under this section, the person shall make the report in the manner required by the department within 24 hours of the time the person kills the bobcat.
NR 10.145 History
Cr. Register, August, 1973, No. 212
, eff. 9-1-73; am. Register, March, 1975, No. 231
, eff. 3-1-75; am. Register, May, 1976, No. 245
, eff. 8-15-76; r. and recr., Register, April, 1980, No. 292
, eff. 5-1-80; renum. (1) to (3) to be (3) to (5) and cr. (1) and (2), Register, October, 1980, No. 298
, eff. 11-1-80; renum. from NR 10.201, Register, September, 1983, No. 333
, eff. 10-1-83; am. (1) (b), Register, October, 1983, No. 334
, eff. 11-1-83; r. and recr. (3), Register, September, 1985, No. 357
, eff. 10-1-85; r. and recr. (1) (b), Register, August, 1986, No. 368
, eff. 9-1-86; r. and recr. (1) (c), Register, July, 1989, No. 403
, eff. 8-1-89; r. and recr. Register, February, 1993, No. 446
, eff. 3-1-93; r. and recr. (5) (a), Register, July, 1995, No. 475
, eff. 8-1-95; am. (intro.), (3) (e) (intro.), 1., 2. a., (4) (a) and (c), Register, August, 1996, No. 488
, eff. 9-1-96; am. (5) (a) 1., Register, October, 1997, No. 502
eff. 11-1-97; r. and recr. (2) (a), Register, October, 1997, No. 502
, eff. 5-1-98; cr. (2) (c) and (7), Register, September, 1999, No. 525
, eff. 10-1-99; except (7), eff. 3-1-00; am. (5) (a) 1., (d) and (6) (b), r. (5) (a) 2., Register, September, 2000, No. 537
, eff. 5-1-01 except (6) (b), eff. 3-1-01; CR 03-015
: am. (2) Register July 2003 No. 571
, eff. 8-1-03; CR 04-046
: am. (4) (c) Register September 2004 No. 585
, eff. 10-1-04; CR 05-031
: am. (intro.), (3) (b), (4) (b), (5) (a) 1. and (c) and (6) (b) Register October 2005 No. 598
, eff. 11-1-05; CR 06-037
: am. (4) (a) Register June 2007 No. 618
, eff. 7-1-07; CR 08-011
: am. (2) (b) Register September 2008 No. 633
, eff. 2-1-09; CR 09-015
: cr. (3) (f) and (8) Register October 2009 No. 646
, eff. 2-1-10; CR 10-051
: am. (8) Register December 2010 No. 660
, eff. 1-1-11.
Horicon national wildlife refuge. NR 10.15(1)(a)(a) Firearm and bow possession.
Except as provided in this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to hunt or trap any wild animal or have in possession or under control any firearm unless the same is unloaded and enclosed within a carrying case or any bow and arrow unless the same is unstrung or enclosed in a carrying case, upon the area known as the Horicon national wildlife refuge.
(b) Unprotected animal control.
Nothing in this section shall prohibit, prevent, or interfere with the U.S. fish and wildlife service, its deputies, agents, or employees in the destruction of unprotected wild animals as listed in s. NR 10.04
(2) Shotgun season.
A shotgun season shall be established for hunting deer except for posted closed areas, pursuant to s. NR 10.01 (3)
(3) Bow and arrow season.
An open season for hunting deer with bow and arrow in areas designated by posted notice shall be established pursuant to s. NR 10.01 (3)
NR 10.15(4)(a)(a) Game birds and rabbits.
The open season for hunting upland game birds and rabbits shall begin as established by s. NR 10.01 (2)
, and continue through the end of the pheasant season each year pursuant to s. NR 10.01 (2) (c)
, and shall be subject to all other rules covering hunting set forth in this chapter.
(b) Season closure.
With the written approval of the department, such season may be closed at any time upon request by the U.S. fish and wildlife service.
NR 10.15(5)(a)(a) Furbearers.
With the written approval of the department, an open season may be declared for trapping fur bearing animals.
If permits are required, they shall be issued by the U.S. fish and wildlife service.
(c) Trap limits.
The legal number of traps allowed for each trapper shall be prescribed by the U.S. fish and wildlife service.