29.322(1)(b) (b) “Mentee" means a person hunting with a qualified mentor as provided under s. 29.592.
29.322(1)(c) (c) “Youth" means a person under the age of 18.
29.322(2) (2)An accompanying hunter may kill an animal shot and wounded by a youth or mentee with whom the accompanying hunter is hunting if all of the following apply:
29.322(2)(a) (a) The youth or mentee shot and wounded the animal while lawfully hunting with the accompanying hunter.
29.322(2)(b) (b) The youth or mentee requests, after learning that the animal was wounded, that the accompanying hunter kill the animal.
29.322(2)(c) (c) The accompanying hunter kills the animal with a type of weapon authorized for use by the youth or mentee during the hunting season in which the youth or mentee is lawfully hunting.
29.322(3) (3)For the purposes of this chapter, including for purposes of applying bag, possession, and size limits, an animal killed by an accompanying hunter under sub. (2) shall be treated by the department as if killed by the youth or mentee for whom the animal was killed and not by the accompanying hunter.
29.322 History History: 2015 a. 225.
29.324 29.324 Group deer hunting.
29.324(1)(1)In this section:
29.324(1)(a) (a) “Contact" means visual or voice contact without the aid of any mechanical or electronic amplifying device other than a hearing aid.
29.324(1)(b) (b) “Group deer hunting party" means 2 or more hunters hunting in a group all using firearms, each of whom holds an individual license to hunt deer.
29.324(1)(c) (c) “Youth deer approval" means an approval that authorizes the taking of one antlerless deer and that is issued by the department with a youth deer license.
29.324(1)(d) (d) “Youth deer license" means a license that is issued by the department to a person who is under the age of 18 and that authorizes the hunting of deer with a firearm.
29.324(2) (2)Except as provided in subs. (4) and (5), any member of a group deer hunting party may kill a deer for another member of the group deer hunting party if all of the following conditions exist:
29.324(2)(a) (a) At the time and place of the kill, the person who kills the deer is in contact with the person for whom the deer is killed.
29.324(2)(b) (b) The person for whom the deer is killed possesses a current unused approval that authorizes the harvest of the deer killed.
29.324(4) (4)If the department issues youth deer approvals, no member of a group deer hunting party may use a youth deer approval issued to another member of the group deer hunting party to kill an antlerless deer for that other member.
29.324(5) (5)No member of a group hunting party who is serving as a mentor under s. 29.592 for another member of the group hunting party may kill a deer for the person being mentored or use a deer approval issued to the person being mentored.
29.324 History History: 1983 a. 546; 1997 a. 248 s. 506; Stats. 1997 s. 29.324; 2015 a. 89, 100; 2017 a. 59, 61, 62; 2017 a. 364 ss. 4, 49.
29.327 29.327 Regulation of waterfowl blinds.
29.327(1)(1)In this section:
29.327(1)(a) (a) “Blind" means a permanent structure used in hunting waterfowl which is not removed at the end of hunting hours each day.
29.327(1)(b) (b) “Waterfowl" means wild geese, brant, wild ducks, rails, coots, gallinules, snipe, woodcock, plovers, sandpipers and wild swan.
29.327(2) (2)
29.327(2)(a)(a) A blind situated on state-owned property and used in hunting waterfowl must bear the name of the owner affixed permanently to the blind in lettering one-inch square or larger.
29.327(2)(b) (b) A blind on state-owned property may be erected not more than 7 days prior to the opening of the waterfowl hunting season and must be removed by the owner within 7 days after the close of the season unless the department approves an extension of the deadline for removal due to compelling personal needs of the owner. Any owner who erects a blind more than 7 days prior to the opening of the waterfowl hunting season or who does not remove a blind within 7 days after the close of the waterfowl season, or by a later date approved by the department, shall forfeit not less than $10 nor more than $200.
29.327 History History: 1977 c. 443; 1997 a. 248 ss. 441, 442; Stats. 1997 s. 29.327; 1997 a. 249 s. 36; 1999 a. 32.
29.327 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ss. NR 10.12 and 10.125, Wis. adm. code.
29.331 29.331 Trapping regulation.
29.331(1)(1)Tags.
29.331(1)(a)(a) Except as provided under par. (b), each trap used under a trapping license shall be tagged with a metal tag stamped with the name and address or customer identification number of the operator of the trap. If a trap is operated by more than one licensed trapper, the trap shall be tagged with the metal stamp of each operator of the trap. All untagged traps shall be seized and confiscated, and the owner or person using or attending the untagged traps shall be punished as provided under s. 29.971 (4) and (12). This paragraph does not apply to a person under the age of 16 trapping under the supervision of a licensed trapper as provided in s. 29.241 (5).
29.331(1)(b) (b) Each trap used by a person who is trapping with a qualified mentor as provided under s. 29.241 (6) shall be tagged with a metal tag stamped with the name and address or customer identification number of the person using the trap, the qualified mentor, or both. If the trap is tagged only by a person who is trapping with a qualified mentor, the trap may be operated only by that person or by the mentor and only when both are present.
29.331(2) (2)Shipments. All shipments of hides must be marked showing the number and kinds of hides in the package, the name and address of the shipper, and the number of the shipper's trapping license.
29.331(3) (3)Report. On or before June 1 annually, the licensee shall report to the department, by affidavit, on forms furnished by the department, the number of the licensee's license, the number and value of each variety of animals taken during the previous 12 months ending May 1, and other information required on the forms furnished.
29.331(3m) (3m)Use of fees. From the moneys received from the sale of trapping licenses, the department shall credit an amount equal to $2 times the number of trapping licenses issued to the appropriation under s. 20.370 (1) (Lq).
29.331(5) (5)Molesting traps.
29.331(5)(a) (a) No person may molest, take or appropriate a trap belonging to another person when the trap is lawfully placed. No person may take or appropriate the animal or contents of any lawfully placed trap belonging to another person. This paragraph does not apply to a person taking a trap belonging to a supervising trapper or mentor, or taking the contents of that trap, if the person is acting under the direction of a supervising trapper under s. 29.241 (5) or a mentor providing instruction under s. 29.241 (6).
29.331(5)(b) (b) A person who violates this subsection shall be fined not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than 90 days or both. In addition, if a person violates this subsection, the court shall revoke all licenses issued to the person under this chapter for 5 years.
29.331 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ss. NR 10.13 and 10.145, Wis. adm. code.
29.334 29.334 Hunting and trapping; treatment of wild animals.
29.334(1)(1)A person who hunts or traps any game animal or fur-bearing animal shall kill the animal when it is taken and make it part of the daily bag or shall release the game animal or fur-bearing animal.
29.334(2) (2)A person who violates sub. (1) shall forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.
29.334(3) (3)This section does not apply to farm-raised deer, farm-raised game birds, or wild animals that are subject to regulation under ch. 169.
29.334 History History: 1997 a. 248 s. 513; 1999 a. 32; 2001 a. 56 ss. 38 to 40, 69; 2015 a. 196.
29.335 29.335 Feeding wild animals for nonhunting purposes. Subject to s. 29.336, the department shall promulgate rules to regulate the recreational and supplemental feeding of wild animals for purposes other than hunting.
29.335 History History: 2001 a. 108; 2003 a. 240.
29.336 29.336 Feeding deer.
29.336(1)(1)In this section, “feeding deer" means to place any material to feed or attract deer in or from the wild.
29.336(2) (2)The department shall promulgate rules that prohibit feeding deer for hunting or viewing purposes in any of the following counties:
29.336(2)(a) (a) A county in which the county or a portion of the county is in a chronic wasting disease control zone designated by the department by rule.
29.336(2)(b) (b) A county in which a positive test for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed in any captive or free-roaming domestic or wild animal after December 31, 1997. A rule promulgated under this paragraph may not prohibit feeding deer for longer than 36 months after any positive test for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed.
29.336(2)(c) (c) A county in which the county or a portion of the county is within a 10-mile radius of the known location of a captive or free-roaming domestic or wild animal that has been tested and confirmed to be positive for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis after December 31, 1997. A rule promulgated under this paragraph may not prohibit feeding deer for longer than 24 months after any positive test for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed.
29.336(3) (3)A person may feed deer for viewing purposes in counties not included in the rules promulgated under sub. (2) if all of the following apply:
29.336(3)(a) (a) The feeding site is within 50 yards of an owner-occupied residence or of a person's business, if the business is one that is generally open to the public.
29.336(3)(b) (b) The feeding site is not less than 100 yards from a roadway, as defined in s. 340.01 (54), having a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour or more.
29.336(3)(c) (c) Not more than 2 gallons of material are at the feeding site.
29.336(3)(d) (d) The material used to feed deer does not contain any animal part or animal byproduct.
29.336(4) (4)A person may feed deer for hunting purposes in counties not included in the rules promulgated under sub. (2) during any season open for hunting deer if all of the following apply:
29.336(4)(a) (a) Not more than 2 gallons of material are at the feeding site.
29.336(4)(b) (b) No feeding site is closer than 100 yards of another feeding site.
29.336(4)(c) (c) The person does not place more than 2 gallons of material in any area comprising 40 acres or less.
29.336(4)(d) (d) The material used to feed deer does not contain any animal part or animal byproduct.
29.336 History History: 2003 a. 240; 2017 a. 41.
29.337 29.337 Hunting and trapping by landowners and occupants.
29.337(1)(1)The owner or occupant of any land, and any member of his or her family, may hunt or trap beaver, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, woodchucks, rabbits, and squirrels on the land without a license issued under this chapter or ch. 169 at any time, except as follows:
29.337(1)(a) (a) An owner or occupant may not hunt any of these wild animals during the period of 24 hours before the time for commencement of the deer hunting season in any area where an open season for hunting deer with firearms is established.
29.337(1)(b) (b) Such persons may not hunt coyotes during an open season for hunting deer with firearms in an area that is closed by the department by rule to coyote hunting.
29.337(2) (2)The owner or occupant of any land, any member of the owner or occupant's family, and any individual with the owner or occupant's consent may take beaver, rabbits, raccoons, woodchucks, and squirrels on the land at any time by means of live trapping with box traps in areas where the discharge of a firearm is illegal.
29.337 History History: 1979 c. 142; 1987 a. 27; 1993 a. 246; 1997 a. 27; 1997 a. 248 ss. 433 to 436; Stats. 1997 s. 29.337; 2001 a. 56, 105; 2017 a. 64.
29.337 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 12 and ss. NR 10.13 and 10.145, Wis. adm. code.
29.341 29.341 Duties on accidental shooting.
29.341(1)(1)Any person who, while hunting any wild animal or bird, discharges a firearm or arrow, and by that discharge injures or kills another person, shall immediately give his or her name and address to the injured person, render assistance to the injured person and obtain immediate medical or hospital care for the injured person, and immediately report the injury or death to the sheriff or police of the locality in which the shooting took place.
29.341(2) (2)Any person intentionally failing to comply with sub. (1) shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned in the county jail not more than one year, or both. Any person who neglects to comply with sub. (1) shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than 9 months or both.
29.341 History History: 1975 c. 365; 1991 a. 316; 1997 a. 248 s. 413; Stats. 1997 s. 29.341.
29.345 29.345 Hunting, fishing or trapping accident; failure to report.
29.345(1)(1)Every person who has caused or been involved in an accident in which a person has been injured by discharge of a firearm or arrow while hunting, fishing or trapping, or inflicted an injury upon himself or herself with a firearm or with an arrow while hunting, fishing or trapping, shall render a report to the department at any of its field offices within 10 days after the injury unless the person is physically incapable of making the required report, in which event the person or persons involved in the accident shall designate an agent to file the report within the specified time.
29.345(2) (2)Any person who is involved in an accident with firearm or arrow while hunting, fishing or trapping, and who fails to submit the report required by this section, shall forfeit not more than $50. In addition, the court may revoke any license issued to the person under this chapter and may further provide that no license shall be issued to the person under this chapter for a fixed period of time specified by the court.
29.345 History History: 1975 c. 365; 1991 a. 316; 1997 a. 248 s. 414; Stats. 1997 s. 29.345.
29.346 29.346 Registration information. If the department requires a person who kills an animal to register that animal with the department, the department shall, at the time of registration, make a record of the type of weapon that was used to kill the animal.
29.346 History History: 2013 a. 61.
29.347 29.347 Possession of deer and elk; heads and skins.
29.347(2)(2)Elk carcass tags; deer and elk registration. Any person who kills an elk shall immediately validate an elk carcass tag. Except as provided under sub. (2m), no person may possess, control, store, transport, transfer, or dispose of an elk carcass unless an elk carcass tag has been validated in the manner required by the department. A person who kills a deer or an elk shall register the deer or elk in the manner required by the department. No person may possess, control, store, transport, transfer, or dispose of a deer or elk carcass unless in compliance with rules promulgated by the department under s. 29.063 (3).
29.347(2m) (2m)Removal and retention of tags.
29.347(2m)(a) (a) The person who killed or obtained an animal shall ensure that the validated carcass tag under sub. (2) and a registration tag or confirmation number issued by the department accompany the carcass until the time of butchering. After butchering, the person who killed or obtained the animal shall retain all tags and the confirmation number until the meat is consumed.
29.347(2m)(b) (b) Subject to sub. (6), any person who retains a tag under par. (a) or who complies with s. 29.349 (2) (bm), if applicable, may give deer or elk meat to another person. The person who receives a gift of elk meat is not required to possess a tag.
29.347(3) (3)Heads and skins. Except as provided in sub. (6), the control or possession of the head or skin of any deer or elk lawfully killed, when severed from the rest of the carcass, are not subject to this chapter.
29.347(4) (4)Antlers removed or broken. Any deer from which the antlers have been removed, broken, shed, or altered so as to make determination of the legality of the deer impossible is an illegal deer if the deer is taken during an open season for hunting only antlered deer or during an open season for hunting only antlerless deer. Any elk from which the antlers have been removed, broken, shed, or altered so as to make determination of the legality of the elk impossible is an illegal elk if the elk is taken during an open season for hunting only antlered elk or during an open season for hunting antlerless elk.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on October 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after October 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-1-19)