“Cervid" means a member of the family of animals that includes deer, elk, moose, caribou and reindeer.
NR 10.001 Note
Section 29.193 (2)
, Stats., defines a “Class B permit" as a permit issued to an applicant who has a temporary disability which restricts mobility or ambulation due to illness, injury or operative procedures and who either has a leg, hip or back, or any part thereof, casted by a licensed physician due to a fracture or has leg, hip or back surgery.
“Colony trap" means an enclosure device designed to allow the capture of one or more fur-bearing animals in a single setting as a submersion set. Entrance to the device is gained by one or more one-way entrances with overall dimensions of the trap not to exceed 6.5 inches in width, 6.5 inches in height and 36.5 inches in length.
“Crossbow" means any device using a bow which, once drawn, is held solely by means other than the effort of the person firing it.
“Culvert” means a pipe, tube or conduit no greater than 4 feet in width or diameter that allows the passage of water under a public or private roadway or driveway.
“CWD affected area" means a zone established in s. NR 10.41
for the control and management of chronic wasting disease and is considered the chronic wasting disease control zone for purposes of ss. 29.063 (5)
“Daily bag limit" means the maximum number of a game species which may be reduced to a person's possession in one day.
“Decoy" means the replica of an animal used to attract wild animals for the purpose of hunting, but does not include any food materials that can be consumed by any wild animal. For the purposes of this chapter, a decoy is not considered bait.
“Department" means the department of natural resources.
For the purposes of s. 29.314 (3) (b) 3.
and (5) (b) 1.
, Stats., “educational purposes" means observing or studying bear in conjunction with a college or university or in conjunction with bear eco-tourism.
NR 10.001 Note
Subsection (9) does not remove the requirement of ss. 29.089
, Stats., to enclose bows or crossbows in carrying cases. The rule does not apply to bows or crossbows only because the natural resources board recognizes that certain designed bow cases may allow portions of the bow, for instance the handle, to be exposed and yet still render the bow inoperable.
“Enclosed trigger trap" means any trap with a pull-activated trigger, inside an enclosure, and recessed 11
inches or more, from an opening that is no greater than 13
inches in diameter.
For the purposes of ss. 29.091
, 29.089 (2)
, 29.621 (4)
, Stats., “enclosed within a carrying case" for firearms means completely contained in a gun case expressly made for that purpose which is fully enclosed by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied, or otherwise fastened, with no portion of the firearm exposed.
“Established range" means an existing facility that has target shooting with firearms as its major purpose.
“Explosive tips" means any arrow that expels compressed gases upon contact with an object or otherwise utilizes an explosive reaction. Compressed gasses can be caused by, but not limited to, the chemical reaction of explosive material or through compressed gas contained within or on the arrow shaft or tip.
For the purpose of administering the Canada goose hunting permit system, “Exterior goose management zone" or the “Exterior zone" means all that part of the state outside of the Horicon goose management zone described in s. NR 10.31
, and includes the Mississippi River subzone which shall be treated as a separate management subzone for other purposes.
means any material that may attract or be consumed by wild animals that is placed for any non-hunting purpose including recreational and supplemental feeding under ss. 29.335
, Stats., but does not include plain drinking water or decoys.
“Feeding site" means any location or area in which bait or feed is placed or deposited or that contains bait or feed material used to attract wild animals for recreational and supplemental feeding or for hunting purposes.
“Firearm season" means an open season for hunting with any of the following firearms loaded with a single slug or ball: rifle, muzzle-loader, shotgun or handgun for deer or bear hunting described in s. NR 10.09 (1) (c) 1. c.
“Fully automatic firearm" means any firearm which continues to fire or is manufactured to continue to fire as long as the trigger is depressed.
NR 10.001 Note
Note: This definition does not include a semi-automatic firearm which fires a single shot with each pull of the trigger, then ejects the spent cartridge case and reloads without effort on the part of the shooter.
“Green skin" means a skin that has not been removed from the carcass of a dead animal and a skin which has been removed but has not been fleshed, stretched and dried or tanned.
Harvest authorization" means an approval that authorizes the hunter to harvest one animal of the type identified, subject to any zone, unit, time period, and other restrictions conditioned upon the authorization, and includes a bonus deer hunting permit. Each harvest authorization is identified by a unique harvest authorization number.
“Hunt over" means
hunting within 100 yards of any feeding site in an area where
a person knows or reasonably should know that one or more feeding sites exists.
“Jawed trap" means a trap designed to catch an animal by the foot, but does not include enclosed trigger traps, cable restraints, or body gripping traps.
“Liquid" means a substance, neither solid or gaseous, that flows freely and takes the shape of its container at a temperature of 70°
“Liquid scent" means any nonsolid material except honey.
“Migratory game birds" means any bird which is migratory and on which an open season has been prescribed in this chapter and belonging to one of the following families:
“Molest" means any activity which results in physical damage or destruction of an object.
For the purpose of hunting deer and bear, “muzzle-loader" means any smoothbore muzzle-loading firearm of not less than .45 caliber and any rifled muzzle-loading firearm of not less than .40 caliber, discharged from the shoulder and muzzle-loading handguns not less than .44 caliber with a minimum barrel length of 7 inches measured from muzzle to breech face that fire a single projectile weighing not less than 138 grains.
For the purpose of hunting wild animals other than deer and bear, “muzzle-loader" means any caliber of any muzzle-loading firearm. Muzzle-loading handguns shall have a minimum barrel length of 4 inches measured from the muzzle to the breech face.
“Non-submersion set" means any trap set that is capable of capturing an animal and not capable of submersing the captured animal.
“Nontoxic shot" means steel shot and copper, nickel, zinc chloride and zinc chromate plated steel shot with the plating not exceeding .0002 inches or 1% or less of shot by weight, or other shot approved by the U.S. fish and wildlife service for waterfowl hunting in 50 CFR 20.21
“Notice and information to the public that is adequate" under s. 29.063 (2)
, Stats., means a department press release to the local news media and the official state newspaper and may also include the following: public meetings, telephone contacts, internet postings, brochure distribution, first class mailings and meetings with landowners in the CWD affected area.
“Permanent abode" means a person's principal or ordinary home or dwelling place as distinguished from a temporary abode.
“Pheasant management zone" for the purposes of s. 29.191 (2)
, Stats., means all counties in Wisconsin.
“Possession limit" means the maximum number of a game species that a person may possess at any location, and includes all game stored or controlled by a person, regardless of the proximity to the location of storage.
NR 10.001 Note
Note: Frozen, canned, or otherwise preserved or processed game remain in the possession of an individual until consumed or gifted to another.
“Preservation facility" means any permanent abode, cold storage facility, locker plant, taxidermy establishment, hunting club or place of business which receives or possesses any game belonging to another person for the purposes of picking, cleaning, freezing, processing, storage or shipment.
“Private land" for purposes of s. NR 10.104 (8)
means land that is not public-access land under sub. (23b)
. Private land includes lands that are enrolled in the wildlife damage abatement and claims program under ch. NR 12
except if they qualify as public access lands under sub. (23b)
because of government ownership, leases, or easements, or under sub. (23b) (a)
“Public access lands" for purposes of s. NR 10.104 (8)
means land owned, under easement to, or lease by federal, state, county, or municipal government if that land is open to public hunting. Public access land also includes the following private lands provided they are open to the public for deer hunting:
Enrolled in the managed forest land or forest croplands program under ch.77
Acquired in whole or in part with funding from the stewardship program established under ch. 23
Owned by a public utility or cooperative for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of heat, light, water, telecommunications service or power.
“Rifle" for the purposes of this chapter means a firearm or airgun designed to be fired from the shoulder by the energy of an explosive propellant or by compressed air, used to fire a single projectile for each pull of the trigger through a rifled or smooth barrel. For the purpose of hunting deer, muzzle-loading firearms and shotguns which fire a single projectile are not considered rifles.
“Scent" means any material, except animal parts or animal byproducts, used to attract wild animals solely by its odor.
“Shotgun" means a smoothbore barrelled firearm designed to shoot pellets. Rifled shotgun barrels of at least 18
in length are considered to be shotguns for the purpose of hunting deer or bear if they fire a single projectile and are of the following gauges: 10, 12, 16, 20, 28.
“Sight exposed bait" means any bait which can be seen from above the bait.
“Small game" means all varieties of wild mammals and birds for which there is an open season, but does not include deer, moose, elk, bear, wild turkey or endangered, threatened or protected species of game. For the purpose of s. 167.31 (4) (e)
, Stats., small game does include wild turkeys.
NR 10.001 Note
Note: 167.31 (4) (e) states subsection (2) (d) does not apply to a person who is legally hunting small game with a muzzle-loading firearm or with a shotgun loaded with shotshell or chilled shot number BB or smaller, if the surface of the highway or roadway is anything other than concrete or blacktop.
“Snare" means a noose used for catching furbearing animals in a water set.
“Submersion set" means any trap set capable of capturing an animal and capable of submersing the captured animal. Slide wires or poles, locking devices, slip chains, weighted traps and traps staked in deep water are commonly used in submersion sets. A body gripping trap is not a submersion set when more than one-half of the set trap is located above water.
“Temporary abode" means a transient place of abode or dwelling such as a hunting club, or any clubhouse, cabin, tent, or trailer used as a hunting club, or any hotel, motel or rooming house used during a hunting trip.
“Under ice set" means any trap set made under the ice.
for the purpose of s. 29.324 (1) (b)
, Stats., means being in possession or control of a separate, individual firearm except that a mentor and the person for whom they are serving as a mentor as required under s. 29.592 (3)
, Stats., who jointly possess only one firearm, shall each be considered to be using a firearm.
NR 10.001 Note
Section 29.592 (3), Stats., was repealed effective November 13, 2017, by 2017 Act 62
. Corrections will be made in future rulemaking.
“Water set" means any trap or snare which is set or staked in such a manner as to permit the trap, snare or trapped animal to reach water that is not frozen.
“Waterfowl" means any migratory game bird of the family Anatidae
including wild ducks, geese and brant.
NR 10.001 History
Cr. Register, October, 1975, No. 238
, eff. 11-1-75; Cr. Register, October, 1975, No. 238
, eff. 11-1-75; cr. (2), Register, May, 1977, No. 257
, eff. 6-1-77; cr. (3) to (5), Register, February, 1978, No. 266
, eff. 3-1-78; cr. (6) and (7), Register May, 1978, No. 269
, eff. 6-1-78; renum. 10.07s (1) (c) to be (8) and (9), Register, August, 1978, No. 272
, eff. 9-1-78; cr. (10) to (16), Register, August, 1979, No. 284
, eff. 9-1-79; cr. (17), Register, September, 1979, No. 285
, eff. 10-1-79; emerg. cr. (18), eff. 9-12-81; cr. (18), (19) and (20), Register, March, 1982, No. 315
, eff. 4-1-82; am. (11), Register, April, 1982, No. 316
, eff. 5-1-82; cr. (22), Register, September, 1982, No. 321
, eff. 10-1-82; cr. (21), Register, October, 1982, No. 322
, eff. 11-1-82; cr. (23), Register, November, 1982, No. 323
, eff. 12-1-82; cr. (24), Register, May, 1983, No. 329
, eff. 6-1-83; cr. (25), Register, September, 1983, No. 333
, eff. 10-1-83; cr. (26) and (27), Register, October, 1984, No. 346
, eff. 11-1-84; am. (23), Register, March, 1985, No. 351
, eff. 4-1-85; renum. (1), (3) to (18), (20) to (27) to be (8), (20), (30), (15), (14), (12), (4), (6), (16), (10), (24), (17), (18), (7), (22), (29), (28), (11), (9), (27), (3), (25), (13), (5) and (1) and r. and recr. (7) and (22), cr. (21), (23) and (26), Register, September, 1985, No. 357
, eff. 10-1-85; cr. (1m) and r. (12), Register, June, 1986, No. 366
, eff. 7-1-86; r. (28), Register, January, 1987, No. 373
, eff. 2-1-87; emerg. am. (19), eff. 9-25-87; r. and recr. (24), Register, October, 1987, No. 382
, eff. 1-1-88; am. (19), Register, December, 1987, No. 384
, eff. 1-1-88; cr. (3m), (3s), (5m), (7m), (9m) and (31), r. (11), Register, July, 1988, No. 391
, eff. 8-1-88; cr. (1h), (6m), (23m) and (25m), Register, October, 1988, No. 394
, eff. 11-1-88; emerg. am. (5m) and (9m), eff. 9-15-89; emerg. cr. m(25e), eff. 10-16-89; am. (5m) and (9m), Register, March, 1990, No. 411
, eff. 4-1-90; cr. (25e), Register, May, 1990, No. 413
, eff. 6-1-90; cr. (10m), Register, July, 1990, No. 415
, eff. 8-1-90; cr. (9e), Register, September, 1990, No. 417
, eff. 10-1-90; cr. (5r) and (5t), Register, June, 1991, No. 426
, eff. 7-1-91; am. (10) and (23m), Register, October, 1991, No. 430
, eff. 11-1-91; am. (1), cr. (3t), Register, May, 1993, No. 449
, eff. 6-1-93; cr. (5p), Register, July, 1993, No. 451
, eff. 8-1-93; emerg. am. (19), eff. 9-1-93; am. (19), Register, January, 1994, No. 457
, eff. 2-1-94; am. (9m), Register, August, 1994, No. 464
, eff. 9-1-94; emerg. am. 9-1-95; emerg. am. (19), eff. 9-12-97; am. (1), Register, October, 1997, No. 502
, eff. 3-1-98; am. (19), Register, December, 1997, No. 504
, eff. 1-1-98; corrections in (3t) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, March, 1998, No. 507
; renum. (3) and (9) to be (3h) and (9c), cr. (1k), (3) and (9), Register, July, 1998, No. 511
, eff. 8-1-98; correction in (5r) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, September, 1999, No. 525
; corrections in (9c) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, March, 2001, No. 543
: cr. (1L) and (9b), Register October 2001 No. 550
, eff. 4-1-02; emerg. renum. (1m), cr. (1n), (6n), (6p), (6t), (6w), (19e), (23g) and (24m), eff. 7-3-02; CR 02-018
: cr. (9k) Register September 2002 No. 561
, eff. 10-1-02; correction in (9e) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register September 2002 No. 561
; CR 03-016
: renum. (1m), (6m) and (23m) to be (1t), (6d) and (23s), cr. (1n), (6h), (6p), (6t), (11), (19e), (23m) and (23v) Register August 2003 No. 572
, eff. 9-1-03; CR 03-018
: cr. (1c), (5c), (5g), am. (17), (25e), (29) Register November 2003 No. 575
, eff. 1-1-04; CR 04-020
: r. and recr. (6p), r. (6t) and (23m), am. (11) Register August 2004 No. 584
, eff. 9-1-04; CR 04-046
: renum. (1) to (2) to be (1t), (2), (1), (1d), (1h), (2e), (2m) and (2s), cr. (1p), (5s), (8m), (10s), (18m), (25c), (25k) and (26m), am. (3t) Register September 2004 No. 585
, eff. 10-1-04; CR 04-078
: cr. (1r), (7e), (10), (10c), (12) and (23e), am. (2s), renum. (9b) to (10m) to be (9c), (9g), (9n), (9r), (9w), (10g) and (10n) Register April 2005 No. 592
, eff. 5-1-05; CR 05-031
: renum. (15) (b) and (c) to be (15) (c) and (d), cr. (15) (b) and (23c), am. (20) Register October 2005 No. 598
, eff. 11-1-05; CR 05-086
: am. (3t) Register June 2006 No. 606
, eff. 7-1-06; CR 06-012
: cr. (21m), am. (25k) Register December 2006 No. 612
, eff. 2-1-07; CR 07-035
: cr. (8e) Register April 2008 No. 628
, eff. 5-1-08; CR 08-013
: cr. (5q), am. (6p) and (19e), r. (11) Register August 2008 No. 632
, eff. 9-1-08; CR 08-011
: renum. (3t) to be (3x), cr. (3u) and (5j) Register September 2008 No. 633
, eff. 2-1-09; CR 09-015
: r. and recr. (20) Register October 2009 No. 646
, eff. 11-1-09; CR 09-024
: am. (1) Register May 2010 No. 653
, eff. 6-1-10; CR 10-020
: cr. (5v), am. (9w) Register October 2010 No. 658
, eff. 11-1-10, except (5v) eff. 2-1-11; CR 10-051
: cr. (28) Register December 2010 No. 660
, eff. 1-1-11; CR 10-066
: am. (9w) Register December 2010 No. 660
, eff. 2-1-11; CR 11-030
: am. (1r), cr. (5pm) Register February 2012 No. 674
, eff. 3-1-12; CR 13-021
: r. (23v), (24) Register October 2013 No. 694
, eff. 11-1-13; CR 13-052
: am. (9w) Register March 2014 No. 699
, eff. 4-1-14; correction in (2e) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register March 2014 No. 699
; correction in (23s) under s. 35.17, Stats., Register April 2014 No. 700
: emerg. cr. (1k), am. (6p), (19e), cr. (23a), (23b), eff. 2-25-14; EmR1420
: emerg. r. (2e), eff. 9-12-14; CR 13-071
: cr. (1k), r. (2e), am. (6p), (19e), cr. (23a), (23b) Register July 2015 No. 715
, eff. 8-1-15; CR 15-024
: r. (20) Register November 2015 No. 719
, eff. 2-1-16; correction in (1d) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2015 No. 719
; CR 16-037
: r. (3s), am. (5p), (5v), cr. (6b), r. (8e), renum. (8m) to (25L) and am., cr. (12m), am. (18m), r. (25k), (27) Register April 2017 No. 736
, eff. 5-1-17; CR 16-035
: am. (5v) Register July 2017 No. 739
, eff. 8-1-17; CR 18-005
: am. (23b) (b) Register September 2018 No. 753
, eff. 10-1-18; EmR1902: emerg. am. (3x), r. (6d), cr. (11), r. and recr. (22) eff. 1-18-2019; CR 19-005: am. (3x), r. (6d), cr. (11), r. and recr. (22), r. (25m) Register September 2019 No. 765, eff. 10-1-19.
Open and closed seasons.
A closed season is established year-round for each species of wild animal named in this section, except during the specified open season. Seasons open to legal hunting and trapping apply to the entire locality described, except as otherwise provided in chs. NR 11
. Whenever open and closed season areas are defined by highways, the boundary shall be the highway center line. No person may hunt, take, catch, or kill any animal specified in this section except during the specified open season.
Special youth waterfowl hunt event.
Persons under the age of 16 may hunt all species of wild duck, mergansers, geese, coots, and moorhens statewide for 2 consecutive days starting on the Saturday before the beginning of the open season established for the north duck zone by par. (b)
. Approvals under ch. 29
, Stats., are not required pursuant to s. 29.197 (1)
, Stats., except for registration in the harvest information program under s. NR 10.12 (11)
and a Canada goose hunting permit for the season or zone where goose hunting, as listed in par. (g) 1., if hunting Canada geese. Daily bag limits are those described under pars. (b), (c) and (g), except that the daily bag limit for the zone or subzone being hunted as listed in par. (g) 1. a. to h.
, on that date shall apply to Canada geese, and all other waterfowl hunting regulations apply. Hunters shall be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older and be in compliance with ss. 29.592
, Stats. One adult may not accompany more than 2 hunters and pursuant to s. 29.592
, Stats., not more than one of the 2 hunters may be age 10 or 11, or be a person who does not possess a certificate of accomplishment under s. 29.591
, Stats., or its equivalent from another state, country or province.
NR 10.01 Note
The history below shows all changes to s. NR 10.01
published commencing January 1, 2010. For a complete history of s. NR 10.01
from January 2, 1956 through December 31, 2009, see the note following s. NR 10.74
NR 10.01 History
History: CR 09-024
: am. (2) (f) 4. a., (3) (d), (e) 2., (ed) 1. b., (et) 2. and (ev) Register May 2010 No. 653
, eff. 6-1-10; CR 09-042
: r. and recr. (1) (b), (g), and (u), am. (1) (v) Register June 2010 No. 654
, eff. 7-1-10; CR 10-020
: r. (1) (g) 1. d., i., 2. c., h., 3. c., h., 4. c. and h., am. (2) (f) 3., (3) (e) 2. b., (es) 3., cr. (3) (e) 2. i. and (et) 1. cv., r. and recr. (3) (f) Register October 2010 No. 658
, eff. 2-1-11, except (1) (g) and (3) (e) 2. i., eff. 11-1-10; EmR1033
: emerg. r. and recr. (1) (b), (g), (u), am. (1) (v), eff. 9-1-10; CR 10-051
: am. (3) (e) 1. e., 2. b., (ed) 1. a., (em) 4. b., r. (3) (ef) Register December 2010 No. 660
, eff. 1-1-11; CR 10-066
: r. and recr. (1) (b), (g), (u), am. (1) (v) Register December 2010 No. 660
, eff. 1-1-11; CR 11-007
: am. (2) (f) 1. to 3., (3) (e) 1. b., 2. b., (em) 1., (es) 3., (i) 1., Register October 2011 No. 670
, eff. 11-1-11; CR 11-032
: r. and recr. (1) (b), (g), (u), am. (1) (v) Register August 2012 No. 680
, eff. 9-1-12; CR 12-031
: am. (3) (d) 1. Register July 2013 No. 691
, eff. 8-1-13; CR 13-021
: r. (2) (c) 3. to 7., am. (3) (e), (et) 1., (ev) Register October 2013 No. 694
, eff. 11-1-13; EmR1313
: emerg. r. and recr. (1) (b) to (u), am. (1) (v), eff. 9-6-13; CR 13-052
: r. and recr. (1) (b) to (u), am. (1) (v) Register March 2014 No. 699
, eff. 4-1-14; CR 13-021
: r. and recr. (4) (a), (e) Register August 2014 No. 704
, eff. 9-1-14; CR 13-067
: am. (3) (d) 1, r. (3) (d) 2., r. and recr. (3) (i) 1. Register August 2014 No. 704
, eff. 9-1-14; CR 13-108
: r. (2) (f) 3., am. (2) (g) 2. Register August 2014 No. 704
, eff. 9-1-14; EmR1405
: emerg. r. (3) (ed), r. and recr. (3) (em), am. (3) (es) 1., r. (3) (es) 2., 3., (et), am. (3) (ev), eff. 2-25-14; EmR1420
: emerg. cr. (3) (ep), eff. 9-12-14; CR 13-071
: am. (2) (b) 1., r. and recr. (3) (e), r. (3) (ed), r. and recr. (3) (em), cr. (3) (ep), am. (3) (es) 1., r. (3) (es) 2., 3., (et), am. (3) (ev), cr. (3) (ex), am. (4) (dm) Register July 2015 No. 715
, eff. 8-1-15; correction in (3) (e), (ep) (title) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register July 2015 No. 715
; CR 15-024
: am. (2) (a), (c) 1., (d) 1., (e), (f) 2., (g), (3) (a), (c) 2. Register November 2015 No. 719
, eff. 2-1-16; CR 15-024
: am. (2) (f) 1., Register November 2015 No. 719
, eff. 6-1-16; CR 15-052
cr. (1) (a), am. (1) (b), (g) 1., d., cr. (1) (g) 1. dm., am. (1) (g) 1. e., 2., d., 3., r. (1) (g) 4., am. (1) (h), (u) 1., 3. Register January 2016 No. 721
; CR 16-037
: r. (3) (e) 2. d. Register April 2017 No. 736
, eff. 5-1-17; EmR1715
: emerg. am. (1) (b), (g) 1. d., dm., eff. 8-19-17; CR 17-027
: am. (1) (b), (g) 1. d., dm. Register December 2017 No. 744
, eff. 1-1-18; correction in (1) (g) 1. dm. made under s. 35.17
, Stats., Register December 17, 2017
; CR 17-013
: am. (2) (c) 1. a., (d) 1., (f) 2., cr. (3) (ex) 3., r. and recr. (4) (dm), Register February 2018 No. 746
eff. 3-1-18; corrections in (3) (ex) 3. and (4) (dm) made under s. 35.17
, Stats., Register February 2018
; CR 17-013
: r. (4) (d) 2., Register February 2018 No. 746
eff. 4-1-18; CR 18-005
: am. (3) (e) 3. b., 5., (em) 3. a., r. and recr. (3) (ep) 3. Register September 2018 No. 753
, eff. 10-1-18; EmR1902: emerg. r. and recr. (2) (f), (3) (e), (em), (ep), (es), (ev), (ex) eff. 1-18-19; CR 19-005: r. and recr. (2) (f), (3) (e), (em), (ep), (es), (ev), (ex) Register Septemer 2019 No. 765, eff. 10-1-19; corection in (2) (f), (3) (e) 2. (intro.), c., 5., (em) 1., 3. a., 4., (ep) 1., 3., 4., (es) (title), (ex) (intro.), 1. made under s. 35.17, Stats., and correction in numbering in (3) (ex) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register September 2019 No. 765.
Protected wild animals.
The following wild animals are designated protected. No person may take, attempt to take, transport or possess any protected wild animal or its carcass at any time unless expressly authorized by the department.
Except as provided in par. (b)
, cougar, Canada lynx, badger, moose, gray wolf, wolverine and flying squirrel.
On private land, the landowner, lessee or occupant of the land, or any other person with permission of the landowner, lessee or occupant may shoot and kill any gray wolf or cougar in the act of killing, wounding or biting a domestic animal. Shootings shall be reported within 24 hours to a department conservation warden. The carcass of the wolf or cougar shall be turned over to the department.
Albino and white deer which have a coat of all white hair except that the hair on the tarsal glands, head or parts of the head may be a color other than white. For the purposes of this paragraph, white hair that has been discolored or stained by blood, soil or similar materials shall continue to be considered white hair.
Prairie chicken, Canada spruce grouse (spruce hen), swans, cranes, bitterns, plovers, kingfishers, cormorants, herons, sandpipers and grebes.
Eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls except as provided in ch. NR 18
Hen pheasants except as expressly provided in this chapter, or in ch. 29
Any other wild bird not specified in this chapter.
Timber rattlesnake of the species
, except that a timber rattlesnake may be killed in emergency situations involving an immediate threat to human life or domestic animals. It is requested that each person who kills a rattlesnake under this provision provide to the department no later than 48 hours after the kill, not to include Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, factual information related to the kill including the location, date of the kill and the name and address of the person who killed it.