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NR 10.105(4)(e) (e) Hides with no head attached.
NR 10.105(4)(f) (f) Finished taxidermy heads.
NR 10.105(4)(g) (g) Antlers with no tissue attached except for velvet on antlers when possession of the velvet antlers is authorized pursuant to s. 29.347 (3) (b), Stats.
NR 10.105 Note Note: Section 29.347 (3) (b), Stats., was repealed by 2015 Wis. Act 89.
NR 10.105(4)(h) (h) Skulls with or without antlers attached which have no brain or lymphoid tissue attached.
NR 10.105(4)(i) (i) Upper canine teeth.
NR 10.105(4)(j) (j) Deer carcasses transported by a licensed solid waste transporter regulated under s. NR 502.06 or by a person who is under contract with the department to transport deer killed by vehicles for disposal in a landfill.
NR 10.105(5) (5)Transportation of members of the family cervidae from areas in other states and countries where CWD has not been identified. Hunters transporting carcasses into Wisconsin from other states or countries shall possess, and exhibit to agents of the department upon request, registration or other materials showing which state, province of Canada or other country the carcass was harvested in.
NR 10.105(6) (6)Transportation of members of the family cervidae from other states and countries where CWD has been identified. Unless otherwise authorized by the department, the carcasses of cervid species harvested in a state, province of Canada or other country where CWD has been verified by a government agency in that state, province or country, may not be transported into this state except for the following, or as provided under sub. (7).
NR 10.105(6)(a) (a) Meat that is cut and wrapped, either commercially or privately.
NR 10.105(6)(b) (b) Quarters or other portions of meat to which no part of the spinal column is attached.
NR 10.105(6)(c) (c) Meat that has been deboned.
NR 10.105(6)(d) (d) Hides with no head attached.
NR 10.105(6)(e) (e) Finished taxidermy heads.
NR 10.105(6)(f) (f) Antlers with no tissue attached except for velvet on antlers when possession of the velvet antlers is authorized pursuant to s. 29.347 (3) (b), Stats.
NR 10.105 Note Note: Section 29.347 (3) (b), Stats., was repealed by 2015 Wis. Act 89.
NR 10.105(6)(g) (g) Skulls with or without antlers attached which have no brain or lymphoid tissue attached.
NR 10.105(6)(h) (h) Upper canine teeth.
NR 10.105(7) (7)Cervid carcasses with any portion of the spinal column or head attached. Notwithstanding sub. (4) or (6), carcasses which have any part of the spinal column or head attached may be transported from the chronic wasting disease affected area to other parts of this state, or into this state if such carcass is submitted to a meat processor licensed under s. 97.42 (2) (a), Stats., or a taxidermist permitted under s. 29.506 (2), Stats., for processing and the person who possesses the carcass complies with the following:
NR 10.105(7)(a) (a) That part of the carcass which includes the head and spinal column shall be submitted to a licensed meat processor or permitted taxidermist within 72 hours of entering this state if the carcass originated from out of state, or within 72 hours from the time of registration if the carcass originated from the chronic wasting disease affected area in this state.
NR 10.105(7)(b) (b) The person submitting a carcass to a licensed meat processor or permitted taxidermist as required under this subsection shall inform the meat processor or taxidermist that the carcass originated from the chronic wasting disease affected area or from another state, province or country where CWD has been verified to be present.
NR 10.105(7)(c) (c) Licensed meat processors and permitted taxidermists receiving a cervid carcass under this subsection shall dispose of all inedible parts not exempted under subs. (4) (a) to (i) and (6) (a) to (h), and all parts of the spinal column, brain and lymphoid tissues in a properly permitted landfill or with a renderer licensed under s. ATCP 57.10.
NR 10.105 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1960, No. 56, eff. 9-1-60; renum. to be NR 10.19, Register, June, 1970, No. 174, eff. 7-1-70; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., renum. to be NR 10.103, Register, September, 1984, No. 345, eff. 10-1-84; renum. from NR 10.103 and am. Register, June, 1986, No. 366, eff. 7-1-86; renum. to be (1) and am., cr. (2), Register, October, 1988, No. 394, eff. 11-1-88; emerg. cr. (3), eff. 8-12-96; CR 01-008, r. (1), renum. (2) to be NR 10.105; Register October 2001 No. 550, eff. 4-1-02; CR 00-154: renum. s. NR 10.105 to be sub. (1) and cr. (2), Register January 2002 No. 553, eff. 2-1-02; emerg. cr. (3) and (4), eff. 7-3-02; CR 03-016: cr. (3) and (4) Register August 2003 No. 572, eff. 9-1-03; CR 04-020: am. (3) and (4) Register August 2004 No. 584, eff. 9-1-04; CR 05-016: am. (2), r. (3), renum. (4) to be (3) Register August 2005 No. 596, eff. 9-1-05; CR 05-086: am. (2) Register June 2006 No. 606, eff. 7-1-06; CR 06-013: am. (2) Register August 2006 No. 608 eff. 9-1-06; CR 08-013: am. (title), cr. (4) to (6) Register August 2008 No. 632, eff. 9-1-09, except (title) eff. 9-1-08; correction in (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635; CR 10-020: am. (4), (5) and (6), cr. (7) Register October 2010 No. 658, eff. 11-1-10; CR 10-051: am. (2) Register December 2010 No. 660, eff. 1-1-11; CR 13-071: cr. (1) (title), am. (1), cr. (2) (title), am. (4) (title), (intro.), (a), (7) (intro.), (a), (b) Register July 2015 No. 715, eff. 8-1-15; CR 16-035: cr. (4) (j) Register July 2017 No. 739, eff. 8-1-17; correction in (4) (j) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register July 2017 No. 739; EmR1613: emerg. r. and recr. (1), r. (2), renum. (2) from NR 10.106 (1), eff. 3-12-16; CR 17-061: r. (1), r. and recr. (2) Register February 2018 No. 746, eff. 3-1-18.
NR 10.106 NR 10.106Registration. Each person who has killed a deer or if s. 29.324, Stats., applies, the person for whom the deer has been killed shall comply with the requirements for registration established under s. NR 10.085.
NR 10.106 Note Note: The carcass tag attached to the animal contains a number corresponding to the registrant's hunting license and backtag.
NR 10.106 Note Note: Section 29.324, Stats., is related to group deer hunting.
NR 10.106 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1986, No. 366, eff. 7-1-86; am. (2) (intro.), r. and recr. (2) (d), Register, July, 1989, No. 403, eff. 8-1-89; am. (1) and (2) (d), r. and recr. (3), Register, August, 1990, No. 416, eff. 9-1-90; r. and recr. (2) (d), Register, August, 1991, No. 428, eff. 9-1-91; am. (3) (intro.), Register, September, 1991, No. 429, eff. 10-1-91; r. and recr. (2) (d) 3., Register, August 1992, No. 440, eff. 9-1-92; correction in (3) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register, February, 1996, No. 482; emerg. am. (1) and (2) (b), eff. 8-12-96; am. (2) (b), Register, August, 1996, No. 488, eff. 9-1-96; am. (2) (b), Register, October, 1997, No. 502, eff. 11-1-97; correction in (2) (intro.) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, August, 1999, No. 524; am. (1), Register, September, 1999, No. 525, eff. 10-1-99; CR 00-154: am. (2) (a) and (b), r. (2) (d) 2. and renum. and am. (2) (d) 3. to be (2) (d) 2., Register January 2002 No. 553, eff. 2-1-02; emerg. cr. (2) (e), eff. 7-3-02; CR 00-154: am. (2) (a), Register July 2002 No. 559, eff. 8-1-02; CR 02-017: am. (2) (d) 1. Register September 2002 No. 561, eff. 1-5-03; CR 03-016: cr. (2) (f) Register August 2003 No. 572, eff. 9-1-03; CR 04-020: am. (2) (f) Register August 2004 No. 584, eff. 9-1-04; CR 04-011: am (1) Register September 2004 No 585, eff. 4-1-05; CR 04-046: am. (3) Register September 2004 No. 585, eff. 10-1-04; CR 05-016: cr. (2) (g) Register August 2005 No. 596, eff. 9-1-05; CR 06-013: am. (2) (g) Register August 2006 No. 608, eff. 9-1-06; CR 07-035: am. (2) (e) Register April 2008 No. 628, eff. 5-1-08; CR 08-013: am. (2) (f) Register August 2008 No. 632, eff. 9-1-08; correction in (2) (g) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635; CR 10-020: r. and recr. (1) Register October 2010 No. 658, eff. 11-1-10; CR 11-007: cr. (2) (e) 2. Register October 2011 No. 670, eff. 11-1-11; correction to numbering of (2) (e) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register October 2011 No. 670; CR 11-030: am. (2) (f) Register February 2012 No. 674, eff. 3-1-12; EmR1405: emerg. r. and recr. (2), eff. 2-25-14; CR 13-071: am. (1) (intro.), (a), (b), (c) (intro.), 1., 3., cr. (1) (c) 4., r. and recr. (2) Register July 2015 No. 715, eff. 8-1-15; EmR1613: emerg. renum. (1) and (2) (intro.) to NR 10.015 (2) and NR 10.106, r. (2) (a) to (c), (3), eff. 3-12-16; CR 17-061: r. (1), renum. (2) (intro.) to s. 10.106 and am., r. (2) (a) to (c), (3) Register February 2018 No. 746, eff. 3-1-18; EmR1902: emerg. am. eff. 1-18-19: CR 19-005: am. Register September 2019 No. 765, eff. 10-1-19; correction made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register September 2019 No. 765.
NR 10.11 NR 10.11 Elk hunting.
NR 10.11(1)(1)Prohibited methods. No person may hunt elk by any of the following methods:
NR 10.11(1)(b) (b) Dogs. With the aid of dogs.
NR 10.11(1)(c) (c) Ammunition. With ammunition loaded with full metal jacket, nonexpanding type bullets.
NR 10.11(1)(d) (d) Shotguns. With a shotgun that is .410 bore shotgun or smaller and does not fire a single slug.
NR 10.11(1)(e) (e) Rifles. With any .22 rim-fire, 5 mm rim-fire rifle, .17 caliber center-fire rifle, or with ammunition loaded with full metal jacket, nonexpanding type bullets.
NR 10.11(1)(f) (f) Handguns. With a handgun that is loaded with a .410 shotgun shell loaded with a single slug or projectile, a centerfire cartridge .22 caliber or smaller or has a minimum barrel length that is less than 5 1/2 inches measured from the muzzle to the firing pin with the action closed.
NR 10.11(1)(g) (g) Muzzleloaders. With a muzzleloader that is less than .45 caliber or a muzzle-loading handgun.
NR 10.11(1)(h) (h) Bows. With a bow that has a draw weight less than 30 pounds.
NR 10.11(1)(i) (i) Arrow standards.
NR 10.11(1)(i)1.1. Use, possess or have under control while elk hunting, any arrow with a metal broad-head blade less than seven-eights of an inch in width. Broad-head blades shall be well-sharpened.
NR 10.11(1)(i)2. 2. Use, possess or have under control while hunting, any poisoned or drugged arrow, arrow with explosive tips or any crossbow, unless authorized to use a crossbow under ss. 29.014 (1m), 29.172, and 29.217, Stats., which authorize the use of a crossbow.
NR 10.11(2) (2)Tags. A carcass tag shall be issued with each hunting license. While hunting, no person may possess a validated carcass tag unless it is attached to a legally killed elk.
NR 10.11 History History: CR 03-018: cr. Register November 2003 No. 575, eff. 1-1-04; CR 04-078: r. (1) (a) Register April 2005 No. 592, eff. 5-1-05; CR 10-020: am. (4) and (5) (a) Register October 2010 No. 658, eff. 11-1-10; CR 10-051: am. (1) (f) Register December 2010 No. 660, eff. 1-1-11; CR 11-007: r. (7) Register October 2011 No. 670, eff. 11-1-11; correction in (1) (i) 2. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register March 2014 No. 699; EmR1420: emerg. am. (5) (a), eff. 9-12-14; CR 13-071: am. (5) (a) Register July 2015 No. 715, eff. 8-1-15; CR 16-028: r. (6) Register July 2017 No. 739, eff. 8-1-17; EmR1613: emerg. am. (2), r. (3), (4) (intro.), (a), renum. (4) (b) to (4), r. (5), (6), eff. 3-12-16; CR 17-061: am. (2), r. (3) to (5) Register February 2018 No. 746, eff. 3-1-18; CR 18-005: am. (2) Register September 2018 No. 753, eff. 10-1-18.
NR 10.111 NR 10.111Elk population management.
NR 10.111(1)(1)Elk management systems.
NR 10.111(1)(a) (a) The department shall manage the state elk population by:
NR 10.111(1)(a)1. 1. Establishing elk management zone boundaries within the state.
NR 10.111(1)(a)2. 2. Establishing elk population goals for each elk management zone.
NR 10.111(1)(a)3. 3. Monitoring the performance of the elk population within each elk management zone.
NR 10.111(1)(a)4. 4. Establishing elk hunting seasons and annual harvest quotas with the objective of maintaining elk populations at the established elk population goals for each elk management zone.
NR 10.111(1)(b) (b) In addition to the management objectives listed under par. (a), the department may trap and relocate elk within the state to establish new elk herds and management zones.
NR 10.111(2) (2)Elk management units. The elk management zone boundaries are described in s. NR 10.37. Unit boundaries shall be readily identifiable features of the landscape such as roads and rivers. When road boundaries are used, the department shall give priority to use of numbered and lettered highways.
NR 10.111(3) (3)Elk population goals.
NR 10.111(3)(a) (a) The overwinter elk population goal for elk management zones described in s. NR 10.37 shall be expressed as the total number of elk per zone as follows: - See PDF for table PDF
NR 10.111(3)(b) (b) The department shall manage the elk population in Zone X, as described in s. NR 10.37, at a population level of zero elk. If the department determines that elk are causing agricultural damage, are a nuisance or are frequenting an area in Zone X, the department shall remove the elk in a manner determined by the department, in accordance with the procedures outlined ss. NR 12.10 and 12.15 and may include trapping and relocating, hazing, hunting or shooting.
NR 10.111(3)(c) (c) If the department determines that hunting is an appropriate removal method for elk subject to par. (b), the department may designate any elk tag as being valid on specified properties in Zone X, during the elk season.
NR 10.111(4) (4)Annual antlerless elk kill quotas.
NR 10.111(4)(a)(a) Annual population estimate. The overwinter elk population goal shall be determined based on biological, ecological and sociological factors, including: reproductive success, winter severity, herd age and sex structure, non-hunting mortality, and agricultural damage.
NR 10.111(4)(b) (b) Quota objectives. Using the overwinter elk population estimate established under par. (a), the department shall annually calculate an antlerless elk kill quota for each zone with the objective of maintaining the elk herd at the established elk population goal.
NR 10.111(4)(c) (c) Quota adjustment in ceded territory. For the elk management units in the ceded territory as defined in s. NR 13.02 (1), expected tribal harvest shall be deducted from the elk kill quota established in par. (b).
NR 10.111(5) (5)Elk licenses.
NR 10.111(5)(a) (a) Purpose. The department may issue elk licenses in numbers to assure maintenance of elk populations for each zone indicated in sub. (3).
NR 10.111(5)(b) (b) Bull elk tag formula. The department shall determine the number of bull elk tags which shall be issued at a level that will maintain the elk population at the goal established for each elk management zone listed in sub. (3).
NR 10.111(5)(c) (c) Antlerless elk tag formula. The department shall determine the number of antlerless elk tags which shall be issued at a level that will maintain the elk population goal established for each elk management zone listed in sub. (3).
NR 10.111(6) (6)License issuance.
NR 10.111(6)(a) (a) License requirements. Elk hunting licenses may only be issued to those who have earned a certificate of accomplishment under s. 29.595, Stats., and have obtained authorization for either a bull tag or antlerless elk tag. Successful applicants will be limited to one elk license per lifetime as established in s. 29.182 (4m), Stats. The department may reissue an elk license if the license is returned or if the applicant fails to or cannot comply with s. 29.182, Stats. Selection shall be by random drawing.
NR 10.111(6)(b) (b) Success rate formula. Hunter success rates used to compute the number of elk licenses to be issued for each zone shall be those calculated by the department from annual elk season harvest reports except where no previous history of success rates exist. In establishing licenses for a zone without an adequate history of licenses, the department shall estimate an anticipated success rate. The license rate formula is: - See PDF for table PDF
NR 10.111(6)(c) (c) The number of elk licenses to be issued to harvest the desired number of elk shall be based on the hunter success rates from previous seasons. The license number formula is: - See PDF for table PDF
NR 10.111(7) (7)Application procedure. Applications for elk licenses shall be on forms provided by the department. Applications shall be postmarked no later than the deadline dates indicated on the form or received by a department service center location no later than those dates to be considered for selection.
NR 10.111 Note 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 http://dnr.wi.gov, license outlet handouts, and pertinent regulation pamphlets. Department service center office hours may vary by location.
NR 10.111 History History: CR 03-018: cr. Register November 2003 No. 575, eff. 1-1-04; CR 05-031: am. (7) Register October 2005 No. 598, eff. 11-1-05; CR 11-030: am. (7) Register February 2012 No. 674, eff. 3-1-12; CR 13-067: r. and recr. (3) (a), am. (3) (c), (5) (b) Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9-1-14; CR 18-081: am. (5) (b) Register October 2019 No. 766, eff. 11-1-19.
NR 10.12 NR 10.12 Migratory game bird hunting.
NR 10.12(1)(1)Prohibited methods. No person shall hunt any migratory game bird by any of the following methods:
NR 10.12(1)(a) (a) Sinkbox. From or by means, aid or use of a sinkbox or any other type of low floating device, having a depression affording the hunter a means of concealment beneath the surface of the water.
NR 10.12(1)(b) (b) Boats. From any boat or craft other than those propelled by paddle, oar or pole. When motors or sails are attached to the boat, the motor shall be completely shut off and the sail furled, and the boat's progress stopped before a firearm may be loaded.
NR 10.12(1)(c) (c) Structures. From any pier, dam, dock or similar structure, except disabled persons under the authority of a class A permit issued by the department.
NR 10.12(1)(d) (d) Rallying. By the use or aid of any water, air or motor-driven land conveyance used for the purpose of or resulting in stirring up, driving or rallying.
NR 10.12(1)(e) (e) Bird calls. By the use or aid of recorded or electrically amplified bird calls or sounds or imitations thereof, or while in possession of any type of device that produces recorded or electronic amplifications of bird calls or sounds.
NR 10.12(1)(f) (f) Live decoys. By using directly or indirectly any live tame or captive ducks or geese for decoy purposes regardless of the distance intervening between any such live decoys and the position of the hunter. All live tame or captive ducks and geese shall be removed for a period of 10 consecutive days prior to hunting, and confined within an enclosure which substantially reduces the audibility of their calls and totally conceals these live birds from the sight of migratory waterfowl.
NR 10.12(1)(g) (g) Decoy use. By the use or aid of decoys which are or have been:
NR 10.12(1)(g)1. 1. Placed beyond 200 feet from the blind or cover in which the hunter is located.
NR 10.12(1)(g)2. 2. Placed in the water more than one hour before the open hunting time.
NR 10.12(1)(g)3. 3. Left in the water more than 20 minutes after the close of hunting time.
NR 10.12(1)(g)4. 4. Left in the water unattended.
NR 10.12(1)(h) (h) Baiting. By the aid of baiting as described by the U.S. fish and wildlife service in 50 CFR 20.11 and 20.21(i).
NR 10.12(2) (2)Possession. No person shall possess any live or crippled migratory game bird reduced to possession by means of hunting. Such bird shall be immediately killed and become a part of the daily bag limit.
NR 10.12(3) (3)Open water restrictions. No person may hunt waterfowl in any portion of a navigable water body from or with the aid of any blind which may include any boat, canoe, raft, contrivance or similar device except:
NR 10.12(3)(a) (a) Mississippi river. Blinds in any of the waters of the Mississippi river and adjoining waters west of the BNSF railway provided the blinds are securely anchored and located not more than 100 feet from any shoreline including islands. Blinds in open water in Grant county and the Lake Pepin portions of the Mississippi river are permitted regardless of the distance from shore provided the blinds are securely anchored.
NR 10.12(3)(b) (b) Great Lakes and Big Green lake. Blinds in open waters of Big Green lake, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Green Bay beyond 500 feet of any lake or bay shoreline. Blinds do not have to be anchored in these areas.
NR 10.12(3)(c) (c) Large Lakes. Blinds in open waters of the following lakes if more than 1,000 feet from any shoreline including islands provided blinds are securely anchored: Beaver Dam Lake in Dodge County (excluding Rakes and Trestle Works Bays), Castle Rock Lake in Adams and Juneau counties (south of railroad bridge and county road G), Fence Lake in Vilas County, Grindstone Lake in Sawyer County, North Twin Lake in Vilas County, Petenwell flowage in Adams, Juneau and Wood counties (north of state highway 21 and south of state highway 73), Lake Puckaway in Marquette and Green Lake counties (the waters west of the west end of the dredge bank, excluding the waters east of the west end of the dredge bank), Shawano Lake in Shawano County, Trout Lake in Vilas County, Lake Winnebago, Lake Wisconsin in Sauk and Columbia counties (north of railroad bridge), and Lake Wissota in Chippewa County (south of county road S and north of county road X).
NR 10.12(3)(d) (d) Blind removal. All open water blinds shall be removed at the close of shooting hours each day.
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