Note: Section 29.17, which authorizes the department to issue scientific collector permits, is recreated in this bill as s. 29.614.
29.174 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 29.014 (1) and amended to read:
29.014 (1) The department shall establish and maintain open and close closed seasons for the several species of fish and game and any bag limits, size limits, rest days and conditions governing the taking of fish and game as that will conserve the fish and game supply and ensure the citizens of this state continued opportunities for good fishing, hunting and trapping.
29.174 (2) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 29.053 (1) and amended to read:
29.053 (1) The department shall establish open and closed seasons, bag limits, size limits, rest days and other conditions governing the taking of fish or game, in accordance with the public policy declared in sub. (1), but all All fishing seasons on inland waters shall open on a Saturday. Such authority may be exercised either
(2) The department may exercise its authority under s. 29.014 with reference to the state as a whole, or for any specified county or part of a county, or for any lake or stream or part thereof of a lake or stream.
29.174 (2) (d), (dg), (dr), (e), (eg) and (em) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27
, are consolidated, renumbered 29.192 (3) and amended to read:
29.192 (3) The department may limit the number of trappers and the maximum harvest of wild fisher in any area. (dg) The department may limit the number of trappers of or otters and the maximum harvest of otters in any area. (dr) The department may limit the number of hunters or trappers, or both, of bobcats and may limit the maximum harvest of bobcats in any area. (e) The department may limit the number of trappers and hunters and the maximum harvest of or beaver in any area. (eg) The department may limit the number of persons fishing for sturgeon by hook and line or by spear, or both, and may limit the maximum harvest of sturgeon in any area. (em) The department may impose any of the limitations
limitation under pars. (d) to (eg) this subsection by establishing a permit system for the issuance of permits.
29.192 (4) If the department decides to limit the number of hunters or trappers taking Canada geese, sharp-tailed grouse, fishers, otters, bobcats or sturgeon by issuing permits and if the number of persons seeking the permits exceeds the number of available permits, the department shall issue the permits according to a cumulative preference system established by the department. The department shall give a preference point to each applicant for each previous season for which the applicant applied but was not issued a permit. The system shall establish preference categories for these applicants, with higher priority given to those categories with more points than those with fewer points. Applicants who fail to apply at least once during any 3 consecutive years shall lose all previously accumulated preference points. If the number of applicants within a preference category or a subcategory under this subsection exceeds the number of permits available in the category or subcategory, the department shall select at random within the category or subcategory the applicants to be issued the permits.
29.174 (2) (f) of the statutes is renumbered 29.053 (3) and amended to read:
29.053 (3) In addition to the types and manner of hunting authorized under ss. 29.09 (9) and 29.104 (4)
this chapter for disabled persons and persons who are visually handicapped, as defined in s. 29.09 (9) 29.193 (2) (a) 5., the department may establish special hunting seasons or opportunities for persons who are physically disabled or visually handicapped and may limit the number of persons involved.
29.174 (2) (g) (intro.) of the statutes is renumbered 29.053 (2) (a) (intro.) and amended to read:
29.053 (2) (a) (intro.) The department may establish a fishing season on specified bodies of water in certain urban areas, as determined by rule by the department, that allows fishing only by persons who are under 16 years old or who are disabled and can produce the evidence specified in s. 29.145 (1c) 29.193 (3) (a), (b) or (c), subject to all of the following conditions:
29.174 (2) (g) 1. and 2. of the statutes are renumbered 29.053 (2) (a) 1. and 2. and amended to read:
29.053 (2) (a) 1. The department may not designate a body of water under this paragraph subsection that is 25 acres or greater in area.
2. The department may not designate a body of water under this paragraph subsection without the written agreement of each private owner of shoreline and of each city, village, town, county, federal agency or other state agency that owns shoreline.
29.174 (2) (g) 3. of the statutes is renumbered 29.053 (2) (a) 3.
29.174 (2) (g) 4. of the statutes is renumbered 29.053 (2) (b) and amended to read:
29.053 (2) (b) Section 227.16 (2) (e) does not apply to a rule promulgated under this paragraph subsection and, when the department proposes to add a body of water to or delete a body of water from a rule under this paragraph subsection, the department shall hold a hearing, as required under s. 227.16 (1), either in the county in which the body of water is located or within 50 miles of the body of water.
29.174 (3) of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.174 (3) is as follows:
"29.174 (3) The department may promulgate rules under sub. (2) either on its own motion or on petition from any group of citizens. Provided, that upon petition of not less than 1,000 citizens in case of a contemplated rule affecting the entire state or a part thereof larger than 2 counties, or of not less than 50 citizens residing in the county if but a single county or part thereof is affected, or of not less than 100 citizens residing in the 2 counties if not more than 2 counties or parts thereof are affected, the department shall conduct one or more public hearings upon such proposed rule, at a place convenient to the petitioners. Notice of such hearing shall be published in the community affected as a class 3 notice, under ch. 985. The department shall send prior written notice of any hearing held under this section to the Wisconsin conservation congress delegates for the area affected by the proposed rule.".
This provision is unnecessary. A procedure to petition for rules is set forth in s. 227.12, which allows any 5 or more persons who have an interest in a rule to petition for rule-making. That statute requires the agency to respond to the petition and either deny the petition in writing or proceed with the requested rule-making. The other provisions regarding notice should be addressed by internal DNR procedures.
29.174 (4) of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.174 (4) is as follows:
"29.174 (4) The department shall make such investigations relative to any petition or proceedings under this section as it deems necessary, and may organize advisory committees to advise it on any matter under consideration. Members of such committees shall receive no compensation but shall be reimbursed their actual and necessary expenses.".
This provision is unnecessary. Agencies are authorized to appoint advisory committees for rule-making under s. 227.13.
29.174 (4a) of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.174 (4a) is as follows:
"29.174 (4a) The secretary may make emergency rules pursuant to s. 227.24.".
Emergency rules are authorized under s. 227.24. No additional reference to that procedure in ch. 29 is necessary.
29.174 (6) of the statutes is renumbered 29.014 (2) (b) and amended to read:
29.014 (2) (b) All of the rules of the department in conformity with law promulgated under this chapter are prima facie reasonable and lawful until found to be otherwise in a final determination by a court.
29.174 (7) of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The substance of current s. 29.174 (7) is recreated in new s. 29.014 (4).
29.174 (8) of the statutes is renumbered 29.014 (3) and amended to read:
29.014 (3) Any rule of the department is subject to review in the manner provided in ch. 227, except that if the rule affects only the county in which the appellant resides, the appeal shall be to the circuit court of such that county.
29.174 (9) of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.174 (9) is as follows:
"29.174 (9) The present statutes regulating open and close seasons, bag limits, size limits, rest days and other conditions governing the taking of fish or game shall continue in full force and effect until modified by rules of the department, as provided in this section, or by subsequent acts of the legislature.".
This provision was enacted to provide for the transition from regulation of fish and game entirely by statute to regulation of fish and game by rule by the conservation commission. It is no longer necessary.
29.174 (12) of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.174 (12) is as follows:
"29.174 (12) Nothing in this section shall be construed to confer upon the department the power to alter any provisions of the statutes relating to forfeitures, penalties, license fees or bounties.".
This provision also relates to the transition from regulation by statute to regulation by rule by the conservation commission. The DNR does not have authority to alter any statutory forfeitures, penalties or license fees. The statutes no longer provide for bounties.
29.174 (13) of the statutes is renumbered 29.037 and amended to read:
29.037 (title) Fish and wildlife restoration. This state assents to the provisions of the acts of congress entitled "An act to provide that the United States shall aid the states in wildlife-restoration projects, and for other purposes," approved September 2, 1937 (Public Law No. 415, 75th Congress), and "An act to provide that the United States shall aid the states in fish restoration management projects, and for other purposes," approved August 9, 1950 (Public Law No. 681, 81st Congress)
, and the. The department is authorized, empowered and directed to perform such any acts
as may be necessary to the conduct and establishment of establish cooperative
wildlife-restoration wildlife restoration and cooperative fish restoration projects, as defined in said the acts of congress, in compliance with said the acts and with rules and regulations promulgated by the secretary of the interior thereunder; and no. No funds accruing to this state from license fees paid by hunters and from sport and recreation fishing license fees shall may be diverted for any other purpose than those provided by the department.
29.174 (14) of the statutes is renumbered 29.192 (5).
29.174 (15) of the statutes is renumbered 29.035.
29.175 of the statutes is renumbered 29.039 and amended to read:
29.039 Nongame species. (1) The department may conduct investigations of nongame species in order to develop scientific information relating to population, distribution, habitat needs, and other biological data in order to determine necessary conservation measures. On the basis of these scientific determinations the The department may promulgate rules and develop conservation programs designed to ensure the continued ability perpetuation of nongame species to perpetuate themselves. The rules department may require harvest information and may establish limitations relating to taking, possession, transportation, processing and sale or offer for sale, in order to conserve of nongame species.
(2) No Any rules promulgated or programs developed under this section may not impede, hinder or prohibit the utilization of lands for the construction, operation or maintenance of utility facilities otherwise authorized or permitted.
29.191 (title) of the statutes is created to read:
29.191 (title) Stamps.
29.191 (4) (a) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
29.191 (4) (a) 3. Any other river or stream tributary of Lake Michigan or Green Bay that is designated by the department.
29.191 (5) (a) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
29.191 (5) (a) 2. Any other river or stream tributary of Lake Michigan or Green Bay that is designated by the department.
29.192 (title) of the statutes is created to read:
29.192 (title) Regulation of takings of certain wild animals.
29.193 (title) of the statutes is created to read:
29.193 (title) Approvals for disabled persons.
29.194 (title) of the statutes is created to read:
29.194 (title) Approvals for students and members of the armed forces.
29.22 of the statutes is renumbered 29.301 and amended to read:
29.301 General restrictions on hunting. (1) Hunting restricted areas. No person shall may hunt within 1700 1,700 feet of any hospital, school grounds or sanatorium. The department may designate the form for or furnish signs designating the restricted area. No conviction shall person may be had for
convicted of a violation of this subsection unless the restricted area is designated by such the signs.
(2) Color of clothing. In the areas in which there is a season for the hunting of deer with firearms, no person may hunt any game except waterfowl during the
that season for the hunting of deer with firearms unless at least 50% of each article of the person's outer clothing above the waist, including a cap, hat or other head covering, is of a highly visible color commonly referred to as hunter orange, blaze orange, fluorescent orange, flame orange or fluorescent blaze orange. Any person violating this subsection is subject to a forfeiture of shall forfeit not more than $10.
(3) Back tag, display. No person may hunt deer unless there the back tag issued to the person with the license authorizing deer hunting is attached to the center of the person's coat, shirt, jacket or similar outermost garment where it can clearly be seen the back tag issued to the person with the license authorizing the hunting of deer.
Note: Under this bill, the department, rather than furnishing signs designating a restricted area within 1700 feet of a hospital, school grounds or sanatorium, may either designate the form for or furnish the signs.
Also, current restrictions on the color of outer clothing during deer gun season are amended to provide that at least 50% of each article of the person's outer clothing above the waist, including a cap, hat or other head covering, must be at least 50% hunter orange, blaze orange or a similar color.
29.221 of the statutes is renumbered 29.341, and 29.341 (1), as renumbered, is amended to read:
29.341 (1) Any person who, while hunting any wild animal or bird, discharges a firearm or arrow, and thereby by that discharge injures or kills another person, shall forthwith immediately give his or her name and address to the other injured person if the other person is injured and, render such assistance to that other the injured person as may be necessary and obtain immediate medical or hospital care for the injured person, and shall immediately thereafter report such the injury or death to the sheriff or police of the locality in which such the shooting took place.
29.222 of the statutes is renumbered 29.345 and amended to read:
29.345 (title) Hunting, fishing or trapping accident; failure to report. (1) Every person who
shall have has caused or been involved in an accident in which a human being person has been injured by gunfire or by bow and arrow discharge of a firearm or arrow while hunting, fishing or trapping, or shall have inflicted an injury upon himself or herself with a firearm or with a bow and
an arrow while hunting, fishing or trapping, shall render a report to the department at any of its field offices within 10 days after such the injury unless
such the person be 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.
(2) Any person who has been is involved in an accident with firearm or bow and 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 such the person under this chapter and may further provide that no license shall be issued to such the person under this chapter for such a fixed period of time that specified by the court may deem just.
Note: Provisions relating to hunting accidents are expanded by the bill to include a bowfishing accident and to amend provisions to provide that if a person is injured by discharge of a firearm or arrow while hunting, bowfishing or trapping, the person must file a report.
29.223 of the statutes is renumbered 29.083.
29.224 (title), (1) and (2) (title), (a) and (b) of the statutes are renumbered 29.597 (title), (1) and (2) (title), (a) and (b), and 29.597 (title), (1) (a) and (2) (a) 1., as renumbered, are amended to read:
29.597 (title) Trapper education program
; certificate of accomplishment. (1) (a) The department shall establish and supervise the administration of a statewide trapper education program funded from the appropriations under s. 20.370 (1) (Lq) and (ma). The department shall enter into an agreement with a statewide an organization that has demonstrated ability and experience in the field of trapper education to assist in the establishment and administration of the program.
(2) (a) 1. Contract with a qualified individual, who shall may not be an employe of the department, to operate the trapper education program.
29.224 (2) (c) of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.224 (2) (c) is as follows:
"29.224 (2) (c) The administration of the trapper education program shall be under the supervision of the subunit of the department that is responsible for resource management."
This provision is repealed because the assignment of staff duties and the internal organization of state agencies are properly the responsibility of those agencies.
29.224 (3) to (6) (a) of the statutes are renumbered 29.597 (3) to (6) (a), and 29.597 (3) (b), (5) and (6) (a), as renumbered, are amended to read: