NR 10.08(5) (5)Killing requirements. Except as otherwise provided, no person may possess any live game. All game taken during the open season shall be killed immediately and made part of the daily bag.
NR 10.08(6) (6)Field dressing. No person may completely dress any game bird while in the field or during transportation from the field. The head or one fully feathered wing, shall remain attached to all game birds while in the field or during transportation from the field to the person's permanent abode or a preservation facility.
NR 10.08 Note Note: Pigeons are considered domestic animals by the department and therefore are not subject to this chapter or ch. 29, Stats.
NR 10.08(6m) (6m) Harvest authorizations and tags.
NR 10.08(6m)(a)(a) Every harvest authorization and tag is identified by a unique number, which represents a singular game harvest approval issued to the person, regardless of the number of reprints generated, or duplicates issued.
NR 10.08(6m)(b) (b) Only the person who has been issued the harvest authorization and tag may exercise its privilege, except as provided in s. 29.324, Stats.
NR 10.08(6m)(c) (c) A harvest authorization or tag is valid only when all of the following apply:
NR 10.08(6m)(c)1. 1. Game has not already been harvested under the authority of the harvest authorization or tag.
NR 10.08(6m)(c)2. 2. The person and game are both located in the zone, unit, and land type specified on the harvest authorization or tag, when such restrictions are designated.
NR 10.08(6m)(c)3. 3. The season is open, and no time period restrictions are in effect.
NR 10.08(6m)(c)4. 4. The target game matches the type of animal specified on the harvest authorization or tag.
NR 10.08(6m)(c)5. 5. The harvest method is permitted by the harvest authorization or tag.
NR 10.08(6m)(c)6. 6. The harvest authorization or tag is not expired.
NR 10.08(7) (7)Carcass tags. No person may:
NR 10.08(7)(a) (a) Hunt or trap any of the species enumerated in s. NR 10.085 (1) unless in possession of a valid, unique carcass tag that has not already been used to harvest an animal. A tag is not valid when hunting or trapping in a zone, management unit, or land type that is not authorized by the tag, or if the tag is expired. A tag is not valid when hunting with a weapon that is not authorized for use with the tag.
NR 10.08(7)(b) (b) Upon harvesting any of the species enumerated in s. NR 10.085 (1), fail to immediately validate the carcass tag that authorized the harvest.
NR 10.08(7)(c) (c) Possess or transport the carcass of any of the species enumerated in s. NR 10.085 (1) unless also in possession of the validated carcass tag that authorized the harvest.
NR 10.08(7)(d) (d) Fail to keep a validated carcass tag in good, legible condition so as to permit meaningful inspection by the department. Carcass tags shall remain intact except that part of a tag may be separated as designated by the department on the tag as a means of validation.
NR 10.08(7)(e) (e) Transport or possess an unskinned bobcat, fisher, or wolf carcass, or a raw pelt of these species unless it has been tagged in accordance with s. NR 10.085.
NR 10.08(7)(f) (f) While afield, possess or transport the carcass of any of the species enumerated in s. NR 10.085 (1) that is tagged with or possessed under the authority of a validated carcass tag of another person unless accompanied by the person issued the carcass tag. After the animal is registered it may be transported by vehicle on a public roadway or possessed at a dwelling or business establishment by a person who is not hunting without the need to be accompanied by the person who tagged and registered it. A dwelling for the purposes of this subsection includes permanent residences as well as temporary residences, such as an established hunting cabin or camp site.
NR 10.08(7)(g) (g) While afield, hunting, or trapping, possess a validated carcass tag, or any copy of a unique carcass tag already used to harvest an animal, for any of the species enumerated in s. NR 10.085 (1) unless the person is also in possession of the legally killed animal corresponding to that carcass tag.
NR 10.08(7)(h) (h) Validate or attach a carcass tag to an animal trapped, killed, or harvested by another.
NR 10.08(7)(i) (i) Possess more than one copy of a unique carcass tag while afield or hunting or trapping.
NR 10.08(7)(j) (j) Possess a raw bobcat, fisher, otter or wolf pelt after the 5th day of the month 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.
NR 10.08(7)(k) (k) Transfer, give, trade, sell, or purchase a raw pelt or unskinned carcass of any bobcat, fisher, otter, or wolf without a registration tag being attached and locked to the head portion of the pelt by the department in accordance with s. NR 10.085 (6) (c).
NR 10.08(7)(L) (L) Transport or possess a bobcat, fisher, otter or wolf pelt without a registration tag being attached and locked to the head portion of the pelt by the department in accordance with s. NR 10.085 (6) (c). This paragraph does not apply to the authorized harvester of the animal.
NR 10.08 Note Note: Additional requirements for the transportation of deer species from chronic wasting disease affected areas in this state and from other states and countries where CWD has been identified are established in s. NR 10.105.
NR 10.08 Note Note: The department lacks authority to issue wolf carcass tags while the wolf is listed on the federal endangered list or the state endangered list. See s. 29.185, Stats.
NR 10.08 History History: 1-2-56; r. (2), Register, August, 1956, No. 8, eff. 9-1-56; r. and recr. (3), Register, August, 1968, No. 152, eff. 9-1-68; renum. to be NR 10.21; am. (3) (a) and (b), Register, June, 1970, No. 174, eff. 7-1-70; am. (3) (a), Register, August, 1973, No. 212, eff. 9-1-73; r. and recr. (3), Register, August, 1978, No. 272, eff. 9-1-78; renum. from NR 10.21, Register, September, 1983, No. 333, eff. 10-1-83; r. and recr. Register, September, 1985, No. 357, eff. 10-1-85; am. (2), Register, October, 1990, No. 418, eff. 11-1-90; CR 13-021: cr. (6) Register October 2013 No. 694, eff. 11-1-13; EmR1613: emerg. am. (title.), cr. (7), eff. 3-12-16; EmR1712: emerg. am. (7) (d), eff. 6-17-17; CR 17-061: am. (title), (6), cr. (7) Register February 2018 No. 746, eff. 3-1-18; EmR1902: emerg. r. and recr. (2), (3), cr. (6m), am. (7) (h) eff. 1-18-19; CR 19-005: r. and recr. (2), (3), cr. (6m), am. (7) (h) Register September 2019 No. 765, eff. 10-1-19; (2) (b) (title), (3) (a) (title) created under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 2., Stats., and correction in numbering in (6m) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., and correction in (6m) (b) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register September 2019 No. 765; CR 19-017: cr. (3) (b) 2m., am. (7) (e) Register January 2020 No. 769, eff. 5-1-20.
NR 10.085 NR 10.085 Tagging and registration of game.
NR 10.085(1)(1)Requirements for the tagging and registration of game in this section apply to all of the following species, except that subs. (6), (6m), (7), and (8) also apply to deer; subs. (6), (6m), and (8) also apply to turkey; and subs. (6) and (8) also apply to otter:
NR 10.085(1)(a) (a) Bear.
NR 10.085(1)(b) (b) Elk.
NR 10.085(1)(c) (c) Sharp-tailed grouse.
NR 10.085(1)(e) (e) Bobcat.
NR 10.085(1)(f) (f) Fisher.
NR 10.085(1)(h) (h) Wolf.
NR 10.085 Note Note: The department lacks authority to issue wolf carcass tags while the wolf is listed on the federal endangered list or the state endangered list. See s. 29.185, Stats.
NR 10.085(2) (2)Validation. Any person who kills any of the species identified in this section shall immediately validate the carcass tag by separating a designated portion of the tag or by marking it as designated by the department on the tag. Failure to completely validate the carcass tag renders possession of the animal illegal and the carcass tag invalid.
NR 10.085(3) (3)Display. No person may refuse or fail to display a validated carcass tag or registration verification number to the department or its wardens upon request.
NR 10.085(4) (4)Attachment.
NR 10.085(4)(a) (a) No person who kills any of the species identified in this section may leave the carcass unless the tag has been attached to the carcass.
NR 10.085 Note Note: Tags may be attached using string, plastic ties, wire or in any manner which results in the tag being secured to the carcass in a visible manner. Carcass tags may be protected from environmental elements in sealed clear plastic bags.
NR 10.085(4)(b) (b) The pelt tag shall be attached to a bobcat, fisher, or wolf when it is killed and before it is carried by hand or transported in any manner. Failure to attach the pelt tag invalidates the permit. The pelt and registration tag shall remain attached to the pelt until removed by a fur dresser or taxidermist at time of preparation.
NR 10.085(5) (5)Removal and retention. A carcass tag attached as required in this section may be removed from the carcass at the time of butchering or when prepared by a taxidermist, but the person who killed or obtained the animal shall retain all tags until the meat is consumed. The validated carcass tag shall be retained by the person who possesses the carcass until it is consumed.
NR 10.085(6) (6)Registration. No person who kills any of the following species may fail to register the animal as follows:
NR 10.085(6)(a) (a) Deer, bear, elk, wild turkey, and sharp-tailed grouse shall be registered no later than 5:00 p.m. of the day after the animal was recovered using a telephone, internet, or other harvest registration system established by the department except when exhibition of elk, deer, or bear is required under sub. (7).
NR 10.085(6)(b) (b) Registration of deer, bear, or elk shall occur before the animal is moved from the county of kill or an adjoining county.
NR 10.085(6)(c) (c) Each person who has killed a bobcat, fisher, otter, or wolf shall:
NR 10.085(6)(c)1. 1. Exhibit the pelt, separated from the rest of the carcass, to an authorized department representative no later than 7 days after the month of harvest. Persons who intend to have a bobcat, fisher, otter, or wolf mounted by a taxidermist may exhibit the bobcat, fisher, otter, or wolf to the department for registration in whole carcass condition without separating the pelt, but shall surrender the skinned carcass to the department within 30 days after registration.
NR 10.085(6)(c)2. 2. Allow inspection of the carcass and pelt, and attachment of a registration tag to the head portion of the pelt of all lawfully taken and possessed bobcat, fisher, otter, or wolf.
NR 10.085(6)(c)3. 3. Provide the skinned carcass to the department as required by the department.
NR 10.085(6m) (6m) Registration prohibition. No person may register any game under the authority of an issued harvest authorization or tag unless the reported harvest authorization or tag was the approval that authorized the harvest. Providing false information to the department during registration and obtaining a registration confirmation number approval is a violation of s. 29.961, Stats. Any harvest authorization or tag submitted to the registration system is considered filled and is no longer valid, regardless of whether such authorization or tag was actually the approval that authorized the harvest.
NR 10.085(7) (7)Registration of certain elk, deer and bear. The department may require that an elk be exhibited and registered at registration stations designated by the department no later than 5:00 p.m. of the day after it was recovered. The department may require that any deer or bear harvested in an area affected by CWD, tuberculosis, or where there are other serious infections disease threats, or area where samples are needed for department research purposes, shall be exhibited and registered at registration stations designated by the department no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third day after it was recovered, or by 5:00 p.m. on the day after the close of the season during which it was recovered, as described in s. NR 10.01 (3), whichever is earlier, unless otherwise authorized by the department. No person shall fail to exhibit the carcass of a deer, bear or elk at a registration location specified by the department when required under this subsection.
NR 10.085(8) (8)Research. The department may require that any part of animal subject to registration under this section shall be collected, sampled, or submitted to the department for research purposes. No person may fail to comply with any collection, sampling, or submission procedure required by the department.
NR 10.085 Note Note: In addition to registering harvested animals, the department also requires reporting of bobcat, fisher, otter, or wolf harvest. Additional information on bobcat, fisher, and otter harvest in s. NR 10.145.
NR 10.085 History History: EmR1613: emerg. cr., eff. 3-12-16; EmR1712: emerg. am. (2), (5), r. (6) (b), eff. 6-17-17; CR 17-061: cr. Register February 2018 No. 746, eff. 3-1-18; correction in (intro.) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register February 2018 No. 746, eff. 3-1-18; EmR1902: emerg. am. (intro.), r. (1) (d), am. (6) (c) 1., cr. (6m) eff. 1-18-19; CR 19-005: am. (intro.), r. (1) (d), am. (6) (c) 1., cr. (6m) Register September 2019 No. 765, eff. 10-1-19; correction in (intro.), (6m) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register September 2019 No. 765; EmR1902: emerg. am. (intro.), eff. 1-18-19; CR 19-017: am. (intro.), r. (1) (g), am. (4) (b) Register January 2020 No. 769, eff. 5-1-20; renum. (intro.) to (1) (intro.) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., r. (1) (title) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 2., Stats., and, as renumbered, correction in (1) (intro.) made under s. 35.17, Stats., and correction in (4) (b), (6) (c) 1., (7) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register January 2020 No. 769.
NR 10.09 NR 10.09 Weapons and ammunition.
NR 10.09(1)(1)Weapons. No person may:
NR 10.09(1)(a) (a) Hunt with any means other than a rifle, shotgun, handgun, bow and arrow, crossbow, or falconry.
NR 10.09(1)(b) (b) Hunt with a machine gun or other fully automatic weapon.
NR 10.09(1)(c) (c) Hunt a game bird with or while in possession of a shotgun larger than 10 gauge.
NR 10.09(1)(d) (d) Hunt a deer during a muzzleloader-only hunt, such as described in s. NR 10.01 (3) (es), with any gun other than a rifle, shotgun, or handgun that is a firearm with a solid breech plug attached with threads and capable of being loaded only from the muzzle.
NR 10.09(1)(e) (e) Hunt a migratory bird with any shotgun capable of holding more than 3 shells unless the magazine has been cut off or plugged with a one-piece filler that cannot be removed without disassembling the gun and which reduces the capacity of the gun to not more than 3 shells at one time in the magazine and chamber combined.
NR 10.09(2) (2)Ammunition. No person may:
NR 10.09(2)(a) (a) Use, possess, or have under control of any of the following while hunting:
NR 10.09(2)(a)1. 1. Shot shells containing shot larger than T.
NR 10.09(2)(a)2. 2. Any tracer or incendiary ammunition that is not a distress flare.
NR 10.09(2)(a)3. 3. Any bullet, arrow, or bolt that is designed or modified to explode or deliver poisons or drugs.
NR 10.09(2)(b) (b) Hunt a game bird with any ammunition other than an arrow, bolt, or shot shell that consists of more than one projectile.
NR 10.09(2)(c) (c) Hunt a deer, bear, or elk with any ammunition other than an arrow, bolt, or bullet that is a single projectile of an expanding design.
NR 10.09(2)(d) (d) Do any of the following while hunting waterfowl, snipe, rails, moorhens, or coot within any areas of the state, or mourning doves on lands which are under the management, supervision and control of the department:
NR 10.09(2)(d)1. 1. Take, catch, kill or pursue waterfowl, mourning doves, snipe, rails, moorhens, or coot with any shot, either in shot shells or as loose shot for muzzle-loading, other than non-toxic shot.
NR 10.09(2)(d)2. 2. Possess any shot shell or muzzle-loading firearm loaded with any material other than non-toxic shot.
NR 10.09(3) (3)Reasonable equipment. No person may hunt with any weapon or ammunition that is of inherent design, or used in such a manner, as to not be reasonably capable of reducing a target wild animal to possession. The following are prima facie reasonable equipment:
NR 10.09(3)(a) (a) A firearm with a caliber of at least .22.
NR 10.09(3)(b) (b) A bow with a minimum draw weight of 30 pounds.
NR 10.09(3)(c) (c) A crossbow with a minimum draw weight of 100 pounds.
NR 10.09(3)(d) (d) A raptor, as defined in s. NR 18.01 (10).
NR 10.09(3)(e) (e) Commercially manufactured or similar hand-loaded or re-loaded ammunition.
NR 10.09(3)(f) (f) An arrow or bolt with a sharpened broad-head blade.
NR 10.09 History History: 1-2-56; am. (6), Register, August, 1956, No. 8, eff. 9-1-56; am. (3), (4), (5), (6), Register, August, 1957, No. 20, eff. 9-1-57; am (4) and (5), Register, August, 1958, No. 32, eff. 9-1-58; r. and recr. (4), (5), (6), and r. (7), Register, August, 1959, No. 44, eff. 9-1-59; am. (2), Register, August, 1960, No. 56, eff. 9-1-60; am. (2), Register, August, 1961, No. 68, eff. 9-1-61; r. (1); am. (3); r. and recr. (5), Register, August, 1963, No. 92, eff. 9-1-63; am. (3), Register, August, 1966, No. 128, eff. 9-1-66; renum. to be NR 10.09; am. (6), Register, June, 1970, No. 174, eff. 7-1-70; am. (4) and (5), Register, August, 1973, No. 212, eff. 9-1-73; am. (4), Register, August, 1975, No. 236, eff. 9-1-75; am. (6), Register, May, 1976, No. 245, eff. 8-15-76; r. and recr. (4), Register, May, 1978, No. 269, eff. 6-1-78; r. and recr., Register, August, 1979, No. 284, eff. 9-1-79; r. and recr. (1) (c), Register, April, 1982, No. 316, eff. 5-1-82; cr. (1) (c) 2. and 3. and (3), Register, September, 1983, No. 333, eff. 10-1-83; am. (1) (a) 2. and (c) 1. a., Register, September, 1985, No. 357, eff. 10-1-85; emerg. r. and recr. (1) (a) 2., eff. 9-25-87; am. (1) (c) 1. c., Register, October, 1987, No. 382, eff. 1-1-88; r. and recr. (1) (a) 2., Register, December, 1987, No. 384, eff. 1-1-88; r. (3) (a), Register, October, 1988, No. 394, eff. 1-1-89; am. (1) (a) 2. and (c) 1. c., Register, October, 1989, No. 406, eff. 11-1-89; am. (1) (c) 2. and cr. (1) (d), Register, July, 1990, No. 415, eff. 8-1-90; r. and recr. (1) (a) 3., Register, October, 1990, No. 418, eff. 11-1-90; am. (1) (c) 1. a., Register, August, 1991, No. 428, eff. 9-1-91; am. (2) (c), Register, August, 1994, No. 464, eff. 9-1-94; emerg. cr. (2) (d), eff. 8-12-96; am. (1) (c) 1. b., Register, August, 1996, No. 488, eff. 9-1-96; am. (1) (c) 1. a., Register, June, 1997, No. 498, eff. 7-1-97; emerg. cr. (2) (d), eff. 10-1-98; am. (1) (a) 3. b., Register, September, 1998, No. 513, eff. 10-1-98; cr. (1) (e), Register, September, 1998, No. 513, eff. 3-1-99; emerg. cr. (2) (d), eff. 8-4-00; am. (1) (c) 1. c., Register, September, 2000, No. 537, eff. 11-18-00;CR 00-154: am. (1) (a) 2., Register January 2002 No. 553, eff. 2-1-02; CR 03-015: am. (1) (a) 3. b., (c) 1. d. and 3., (2) (intro.) and (3) (b) Register July 2003 No. 571, eff. 8-1-03; CR 03-016: am. (1) (a) 2., (c) 3., and (2) (intro.) Register August 2003 No. 572, eff. 9-1-03; CR 03-018: am. (1) (a) 1. and (e) Register November 2003 No. 575, eff. 1-1-04; CR 04-020: am. (1) (c) 3. Register August 2004 No. 584, eff. 9-1-04; CR 04-046: am. (1) (a) 2., (c) 1. b., d. and 2. Register September 2004 No. 585, eff. 10-1-04; CR 05-031: am. (1) (a) 3. a. and (1) (c) 2. and 3., renum. (1) (c) 1. d. to be (1) (c) 1. e. and am., cr. (1) (c) 1. d. Register October 2005 No. 598, eff. 11-1-05; CR 07-015: am. (1) (a) 1., r. and recr. (1) (a) 2. Register September 2007 No. 621, eff. 2-1-08; CR 08-021: am. (3) (b) Register November 2008 No. 635, eff. 12-1-08; correction in (1) (a) 2. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635; CR 09-015: am. (1) (c) 1. (intro.) Register October 2009 No. 646, eff. 2-1-10; CR 09-024: am. (1) (c) 2. and (2) Register May 2010 No. 653, eff. 6-1-10; CR 10-020: am. (1) (c) 1. a. Register October 2010 No. 658, eff. 11-1-10; CR 10-051: am. (1) (c) 2. Register December 2010 No. 660, eff. 1-1-11; CR 13-021: r. (1) (c) 3. Register October 2013 No. 694, eff. 11-1-13; correction in (1) (c) 1. e. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register March 2014 No. 699; EmR1420: emerg. am. (1) (c) 1. (intro.), r. (1) (c) 1. e., am. (3), eff. 9-12-14; CR 13-071: am. (1) (c) 1. (intro.), r. (1) (c) 1. e., (2), am. (3) Register July 2015 No. 715, eff. 8-1-15; CR 19-017: am. (1) (c) 1. b., c., d. Register January 2020 No. 769, eff. 2-1-20; CR 19-146: r. and recr. Register June 2020 No. 774, eff. 7-1-20.
NR 10.10 NR 10.10 Deer and bear hunting.
NR 10.10(1)(1)Hunting with dogs prohibited. No person may hunt deer or bear with the aid of dogs, except that dogs may be used for hunting bear during the season established in s. NR 10.01 (3) (g) 1. in black bear hunting zones A, B and D as described in s. NR 10.30.
NR 10.10(2) (2)Illegal game. Any deer killed during the open season for hunting deer with bow and arrow or crossbow only or that is killed under the authority of an archer or crossbow license and showing evidence that it was shot with a firearm shall be an illegal game animal and no person may have such animal in possession.
NR 10.10 History History: 1-2-56; am. (2), Register, August, 1963, No. 92, eff. 9-1-63; am. (2), Register, August, 1966, No. 128, eff. 9-1-66; renum. to be NR 10.10, Register, June, 1970, No. 174, eff. 7-1-70; r. and recr. Register, August, 1972, No. 200, eff. 9-1-72; emerg. am. (2), and cr. (6) to (11), eff. 8-2-74; am. (2), cr. (6) to (11), Register, December, 1974, No. 228. eff. 1-1-75; am. (7) and r. (9), Register, May, 1976, No. 245, eff. 8-15-76; am. (1), (7) and (8), r. (5) and (6), Register, May, 1977, No. 257, eff. 6-1-77; r. and recr. Register, May, 1978, No. 269, eff. 6-1-78; r. (1) (a), Register, April, 1981, No. 304, eff. 5-1-81; (2) renum. from NR 10.11 (2), Register, September, 1983, No. 333, eff. 10-1-83; r. and recr. (1) (b), Register, September, 1984, No. 345, eff. 10-1-84; am. (2), Register, September, 1985, No. 357, eff. 10-1-85; am. (1) (b), Register, June, 1986, No. 366, eff. 7-1-86; r. and recr. (1) (b), Register, August, 1994, No. 464, eff. 9-1-94; CR 03-018: r. and recr. (1) (b) Register November 2003 No. 575, eff. 1-1-04; CR 05-017: am. (1) (b) Register October 2005 No. 598, eff. 2-1-06; CR 07-015: am. (1) (b) Register September 2007 No. 621, eff. 11-1-07; EmR1420: emerg. am. (2), eff. 9-12-14; CR 13-071: am. (2) Register July 2015 No. 715, eff. 8-1-15; correction in (1) (title) and repeal of (1) (b) (title) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 2., Stats., and (1) (intro.) and (b) consol. and renum. to (1) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register January 2020 No. 769.
NR 10.101 NR 10.101 Bear hunting.
NR 10.101(1)(1)Prohibited methods. No person may:
NR 10.101(1)(a) (a) Denned bear. Hunt or shoot a bear in a den.
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