29.565(1)(1)Any applicant for a hunting license listed under s. 29.563 (2) (a) or (b) may, in addition to paying any fee charged for the license, elect to make a voluntary contribution of at least $1 to be used for the venison and wild turkey processing and donation program under s. 29.89.
29.565(2) (2)All moneys collected under sub. (1) shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.370 (5) (ft).
29.565 History History: 2001 a. 16; 2015 a. 31.
29.566 29.566 Collection, retention, and deposit of fees.
29.566(1)(1)Use of wildlife damage surcharge fees. The wildlife damage surcharge shall be collected as are other approval fees and the surcharge fees shall be deposited in the conservation fund to be used for the wildlife damage abatement and claim program, for wildlife abatement and control grants under s. 29.887 and for removal activities by the department under s. 29.885.
29.566(1m) (1m)Transaction payments. The department shall establish a system under which the department pays each agent appointed under s. 29.024 (6) (a) 2. or 3. a payment of 50 cents for each time that the agent processes a transaction through the statewide automated system contracted for under s. 29.024 (6) (a) 4. This payment is in addition to any issuing fee, processing fee, or handling fee retained by the agent. The department shall make these payments by allowing the agent to retain an amount equal to the payments from the amounts that are collected by the agent and that would otherwise be remitted to the department.
29.566(1r) (1r)Issuing payment for special deer hunting permits. The department shall establish a system under which the department pays each agent appointed under s. 29.024 (6) (a) 2. or 3. a payment of 50 cents each time that the agent uses the statewide automated system contracted for under s. 29.024 (6) (a) 4. to issue to an individual one or more deer hunting permits as authorized under s. 29.177. The department shall make these payments by allowing the agent to retain an amount equal to the payments from the amounts that are collected by the agent and that would otherwise be remitted to the department.
29.566(2) (2)Fees held in trust. All fees collected for approvals issued under this chapter that are required to be remitted to the department shall be held in trust for the state. Any person who collects, possesses or manages fees for these approvals acts in a fiduciary capacity for the state.
29.566 History History: 1997 a. 248 ss. 167, 169, 607; 2001 a. 16.
29.567 29.567 Voluntary contributions; elk research.
29.567(1)(1)Any applicant for an elk hunting license under s. 29.182 may, in addition to paying any fee charged for the license, elect to make a voluntary contribution of at least $1 to be used for elk research.
29.567(2) (2)All moneys collected under sub. (1) shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.370 (1) (hq).
29.567 History History: 2001 a. 109.
29.569 29.569 Effective periods.
29.569(1)(1)Specification of effective periods; restrictions. Unless an approval issued under this chapter is suspended or revoked or unless another section of this chapter specifically provides otherwise, the approval is valid for the period or season specified on the face of the approval or on an attachment to the approval. In addition to any other restriction under this chapter, no license may be issued if that issuance is restricted under sub. (3).
29.569(3) (3)Fishing.
29.569(3)(a) (a) Resident senior citizen fishing license. A permanent fishing license issued to a resident senior citizen under s. 29.145 (1a), 1989 stats., is valid from the date of issuance and remains valid if the licensee is a resident.
29.569(3)(b) (b) Restrictions on issuance of sturgeon spearing licenses during the open season. Except as provided in par. (bm), no sturgeon spearing license may be issued during a period beginning on November 1 and ending on the last day of the open season for the spearing of lake sturgeon that follows that November 1.
29.569(3)(bm) (bm) Exceptions. A sturgeon spearing license may be issued during a period beginning on November 1 and ending on the last day of the open season for the spearing of lake sturgeon that follows that November 1 to any of the following:
29.569(3)(bm)1. 1. A person who is a member of the U.S. armed forces and who exhibits proof that he or she is a resident, is in active service with the armed forces outside this state, and is on furlough or leave.
29.569(3)(bm)2. 2. A person who is a resident and who has attained the age of 12 during that period.
29.569(3)(bm)3. 3. A person selected to receive a sturgeon spearing permit under s. 29.192 (4) (b).
29.569(4) (4)Senior citizen recreation card. A senior citizen recreation card is valid from the date of issuance and shall remain valid as long as the person is a resident.
29.569(5) (5)Reprints; duplicates. A reprint or duplicate of an approval is valid from the date of issuance until the expiration of the original approval.
subch. VIII of ch. 29 SUBCHAPTER VIII
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
29.591 29.591 Hunter education program and bow hunter education program.
29.591(1)(1)Establishment; contents.
29.591(1)(a)(a) The department shall establish a hunter education program and bow hunter education program. The department shall conduct these courses of instruction in cooperation with qualified individuals, organizations, groups, associations, public or private corporations and federal, state and local governmental entities. The hunter education program shall provide for a course of instruction in each school district or county. The bow hunter education program need not provide for a course of instruction in each school district or county.
29.591(1)(am) (am) The department shall offer an online course of instruction under the hunter education program for persons who are at least 18 years of age.
29.591(1)(b) (b) The courses of instruction under these programs shall provide instruction to students in the responsibilities of hunters to wildlife, environment, landowners and others, how to recognize threatened and endangered species that cannot be hunted and the principles of wildlife management and conservation.
29.591(1)(c) (c) In addition to the topics specified in par. (b), the course of instruction under the hunter education program shall provide instruction in the commonly accepted principles of safety in handling firearms and bows and arrows used in hunting and their associated equipment.
29.591(1)(d) (d) In addition to the topics specified in par. (b), the course of instruction under the bow hunter education program shall provide instruction in hunting with bows and arrows and their associated equipment.
29.591(2) (2)Administration.
29.591(2)(am) (am) The department may appoint county, regional and statewide directors and categories of hunter education instructors necessary for the hunter education program and the bow hunter education program. These appointees are responsible to the department and shall serve on a voluntary basis without compensation. This paragraph does not apply to the online course of instruction under sub. (1) (am).
29.591(2)(b)1.1. If the online course of instruction under the hunter education program requires field testing for a person to demonstrate successful completion of the course, the department shall make field testing available through each department service center at least once every 2 months for persons who are at least 18 years of age.
29.591(2)(b)2. 2. If the online course of instruction under the hunter education program requires a written test for a person to demonstrate successful completion of the course, the department shall offer the test at each department service center at least once every 2 months to persons who are at least 18 years of age.
29.591(3) (3)Instruction fee. The department shall promulgate a rule establishing a fee for the course of instruction under the hunter education program and the bow hunter education program. If the department offers an advanced hunter education course or an advanced bow hunter education course, the rule may authorize the department to charge an additional fee for those courses. The instructor conducting a course under this subsection shall collect the instruction fee from each person who receives instruction. The instructor may retain up to $5 for each person who receives instruction from that instructor for allowable costs of instruction, as determined by the department. The instructor shall remit the remainder of the fee, or if nothing is retained, the entire fee, to the department.
29.591(4) (4)Certificate of accomplishment.
29.591(4)(a) (a) Issuance.
29.591(4)(a)1.1. The department shall issue a certificate of accomplishment for free to a person who successfully completes the course of instruction under the hunter education program or the bow hunter education program and who pays the instruction fee.
29.591(4)(a)2. 2. A resident may use the certificate of accomplishment issued to him or her for successfully completing the course of instruction under the hunter education program for the first time in place of a small game hunting license.
29.591(4)(am) (am) Authorization for antlerless deer. The department may authorize a person to whom it issues a certificate of accomplishment for successfully completing the course of instruction under the hunter education program for the first time to use the certificate in place of a permit issued under s. 29.177 to take one antlerless deer in specific areas identified by the department. The authorization for group deer hunting under s. 29.324 shall not apply to a person hunting an antlerless deer as authorized under this paragraph.
29.591(4)(ar) (ar) Period for hunting antlerless deer. A certificate of accomplishment issued under this section that the department has authorized to be used in place of a permit under s. par. (am) is valid for the hunting of one antlerless deer during the deer hunting season immediately following the date of issuance of the certificate.
29.591(4)(b) (b) Duplicate. The department shall issue a duplicate certificate of accomplishment to a person who is entitled to a duplicate certificate of accomplishment and who pays the fee specified under s. 29.563 (12) (c) 2.
29.591 History History: 1983 a. 420; 1997 a. 12, 197; 1997 a. 248 ss. 175, 420 to 426; Stats. 1997 s. 29.591; 1999 a. 9, 32; 2001 a. 16; 2005 a. 25; 2011 a. 168.
29.592 29.592 Hunting mentorship program.
29.592(1)(1)A person may hunt in this state without obtaining a certificate of accomplishment under s. 29.591 and may, while hunting, possess or control a firearm if all of the following apply:
29.592(1)(a) (a) At all times when hunting, the person is within arm's reach of a mentor who meets the qualifications under sub. (2).
29.592(1)(b) (b) The person holds a hunting approval.
29.592(2) (2)No person may serve as a qualified mentor for a hunter unless the person meets all of the following requirements:
29.592(2)(a) (a) The person is 18 years of age or older.
29.592(2)(b) (b) The person is the parent or guardian of the person for whom he or she is serving as a mentor or is authorized by the parent or guardian to serve as a mentor. This requirement does not apply to a person serving as a mentor for a person who is 18 years of age or older.
29.592(2)(c) (c) At all times when serving as a mentor, the person is within arm's reach of the person for whom he or she is serving as a mentor.
29.592(2)(d) (d) The person has been issued a certificate of accomplishment under s. 29.591 or, if serving as a mentor for hunting elk, under s. 29.595 unless the person was born before January 1, 1973, and is not required to obtain a certificate of accomplishment.
29.592(2)(e) (e) The person holds a current valid hunting approval.
29.592(4) (4)A mentor under this section may take only one person hunting at a time for whom he or she is serving as a mentor.
29.592(5) (5)The requirements under subs. (1) (b) and (2) (e) do not apply to a person who is authorized to hunt without a hunting approval under s. 29.337 (1), 95.55 (5), or 169.19 (5).
29.592 History History: 2009 a. 39; 2013 a. 61; 2017 a. 62.
29.593 29.593 Requirement for certificate of accomplishment to obtain hunting approval.
29.593(1)(1)
29.593(1)(a) (a) Except as provided under subs. (2), (2m) and (3), and s. 29.592 (1), no person born on or after January 1, 1973, may obtain any approval authorizing hunting unless the person is issued a certificate of accomplishment under s. 29.591.
29.593(1)(b) (b) A certificate of accomplishment issued to a person for successfully completing the course under the bow hunter education program only authorizes the person to obtain a resident archer hunting license, a nonresident archer hunting license, a resident crossbow hunting license, or a nonresident crossbow hunting license.
29.593(2) (2)A person who has a certificate, license, or other evidence that is satisfactory to the department indicating that he or she has successfully completed in another state, country, or province a hunter education course recognized by the department may obtain an approval authorizing hunting.
29.593(2m) (2m)A person who has a certificate, license, or other evidence that is satisfactory to the department indicating that he or she has successfully completed in another state, country, or province a bow hunter education course recognized by the department may obtain an archer hunting license or crossbow hunting license.
29.593(3) (3)A person who successfully completes basic training in the U.S. armed forces, reserves or national guard may obtain an approval authorizing hunting.
29.593(4) (4)A person who is subject to sub. (1) may prove compliance with sub. (1) when submitting an application for an approval authorizing hunting by presenting any of the following:
29.593(4)(a) (a) His or her certificate of accomplishment issued under s. 29.591.
29.593(4)(b) (b) An approval authorizing hunting that was issued to him or her under this chapter within 365 days before submitting the application.
29.593(4)(c) (c) An approval authorizing hunting that was issued to him or her under this chapter for a hunting season that ended within 365 days before submitting the application.
29.593 History History: 1983 a. 420; 1991 a. 254; 1997 a. 27, 197; 1997 a. 248 ss. 427 to 430; Stats. 1997 s. 29.593; 1999 a. 32; 2005 a. 289; 2009 a. 39; 2013 a. 61.
29.595 29.595 Elk hunter education program.
29.595(1)(1)Establishment. The department shall establish and conduct an elk hunter education program.
29.595(2) (2)Instruction. The elk hunter education program shall provide a course of instruction that includes all of the following:
29.595(2)(a) (a) History and recovery of elk in this state and the eastern United States.
29.595(2)(b) (b) Elk census and population estimation methods used in this state.
29.595(2)(c) (c) Elk biology and disease prevention.
29.595(2)(d) (d) Elk hunting techniques and hunter ethics.
29.595(2)(e) (e) Elk hunting zones.
29.595(2)(f) (f) Rules promulgated by the department concerning elk hunting.
29.595(2)(g) (g) Native American hunting.
29.595(3) (3)Certificate of accomplishment.
29.595(3)(a) (a) The department shall issue a certificate of accomplishment to a person who successfully completes the course of instruction under the elk hunter education program.
29.595(3)(b) (b) Except as provided in par. (c), no person may be issued an elk hunting license unless he or she holds a valid certificate of accomplishment issued under this subsection.
29.595(3)(c) (c) A person who has a certificate, license, or other evidence that is satisfactory to the department indicating that he or she has successfully completed in another state, country, or province an elk hunter education course recognized by the department may obtain an elk hunting license.
29.595(4) (4)Fee prohibited. The department may not charge a fee for the course of instruction or the certificate of accomplishment.
29.595 History History: 2001 a. 109; 2005 a. 289.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 7 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on July 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-19)