29.709 (4) Subject to s. 95.60, the receiving receive from the U.S. commissioners of fisheries, from the commissioners of fisheries of other states or from other persons of any person all fish eggs or fish donated to the state or purchased, and in the most practical ways, by exchange or otherwise, to procure, receive, exchange, distribute and dispose of fish eggs and fish; to make contracts and carry on the same for the transportation of fish cars, cans, departmental officers and employes by land or water as is most advantageous to the state; and to take such other measures as in their judgment best promotes the abundant supply of food fishes in the waters of the state.
248,562 Section 562. 29.51 (1) (f) of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.51 (1) (f) establishes a portion of the authority of the DNR with respect to state fish hatcheries, as follows:
"29.51 (1) (f) The department shall keep an inventory of the property of the several hatcheries, with the cost of each article, and account in detail and separately of the expenses of each hatchery; also of the distribution of the fish, of maintaining and repairing property and of such improvements as may be ordered."
These functions are part of normal DNR fiscal and property management and need not be stated in the statutes.
248,563 Section 563. 29.51 (2) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.705 (1) and amended to read:
29.705 (1) Transplantation of fish. The department may take or cause authorize to be taken fish at any time of the year from any waters of the state for stocking other waters or for the purpose of securing eggs for artificial propagation. These fish or eggs may be taken only under a special permit issued by the department and only in the presence of an employe or agent of the department or its wardens. This The permit shall specify the kinds of fish that may be taken and the manner in which they may be taken.
248,564 Section 564. 29.51 (3) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.705 (3) and amended to read:
29.705 (3) Delivery of fish eggs. Any person fishing in any waters of this state shall deliver, on demand, to the department or its wardens or authorized agents, all kinds of agent any fish, during the spawning season, for the purpose of being stripped of their eggs and milt; and the person receiving them. The department or its agent shall, immediately after having stripped the fish, return them to the person from whom received. Any such person shall permit the The department, or its wardens, or authorized agents to agent may enter any boats, docks, grounds or other places where such the fish may be, for the purpose of stripping the same them while alive, and the person possessing the fish shall render such any assistance as that may be necessary to expedite the work of mixing the eggs and milt for proper impregnation.
248,565 Section 565. 29.51 (3m) (title) of the statutes, as created by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.705 (4) (title).
248,566 Section 566. 29.51 (3m) (a) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.705 (4) (a).
248,567 Section 567. 29.51 (3m) (b) of the statutes, as created by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.705 (4) (b).
248,568 Section 568. 29.51 (4) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.705 (5) and amended to read:
29.705 (5) Removal of fish eggs or fish from state. No person may remove any fish eggs or live fish from this state except as authorized by law, unless or pursuant to a permit therefor has been issued to the person by the department. This subsection does not apply to farm-raised fish or eggs from farm-raised fish.
248,569 Section 569. 29.51 (5) (intro.) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.705 (6) (intro.).
248,570 Section 570. 29.51 (5) (a) and (b) of the statutes, as created by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, are renumbered 29.705 (6) (a) and (b).
248,571 Section 571. 29.51 (6) of the statutes is renumbered 29.414 and amended to read:
29.414 Erection of barriers to exclude rough fish. The department may for any period in its discretion erect and maintain or authorize erection and maintenance of a screen or similar barrier in any navigable stream for the purpose of preventing rough fish or other fish found to be undesirable fish from invading any part of such the stream, provided such if the screen or barrier does not unreasonably interfere with navigation.
248,572 Section 572. 29.51 (7) (title) of the statutes is repealed.
248,573 Section 573. 29.51 (7) (a) and (b) of the statutes are consolidated, renumbered 29.411 and amended to read:
29.411 (title) Cooperation during a fish census. A person who is fishing shall cooperate with an employe of the department when the employe is involved in taking a fish census. (b) Section 29.99 29.971 does not apply to this subsection section.
248,574 Section 574. 29.511 of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.511 is as follows:
"29.511 Cold water fish hatchery. In exercising the powers granted to the department under s. 29.51 the department shall purchase and establish fish hatchery facilities specializing in the production of cold water fish. The hatchery shall be located in a county centrally situated and no farther than 40 miles from Lake Michigan. The capacity of the fish hatchery should permit a minimum of 40,000 pounds of fish production."
This provision was created to allow the DNR to establish a cold water fish hatchery. That hatchery has been established, and the statute no longer serves a purpose.
248,575 Section 575. 29.512 of the statutes is repealed.
Note: The current text of s. 29.512 (1) is as follows:
29.512 (1) Upon complaint in writing by an owner or lessee of land to the department that operation of the well by the department at the Bayfield fish hatchery has caused damage through disruption of well operations located within 10,000 feet of the fish hatchery well, the department shall inquire into the matter. If it appears to the department that the facts stated in the complaint are true, the department shall pay to the claimant the amount of such damages, as determined by the department."
This provision allowed the DNR to address damage caused by the well at the Bayfield fish hatchery when the well was constructed. The statute no longer serves a purpose.
248,576 Section 576. 29.513 (title) of the statutes is renumbered 29.737 (title).
248,577 Section 577. 29.513 (1) to (4) of the statutes are renumbered 29.737 (1) to (4) and amended to read:
29.737 (1) Any person or persons owning all of the land bordering on any a navigable lake that is completely landlocked may apply to the department for a permit to remove, destroy or introduce fish in such the lake.
(2) Upon receiving such application the The department shall hold a public hearing on the permit application in the vicinity of such the lake, and if the department determines that the hearing is favorable the department may issue a permit authorizing the applicant to remove, destroy or introduce fish in such the lake.
(3) Such permit The department shall be subject to such impose appropriate terms, conditions and limitations as the department deems proper on the permit. All work done under the authority of such permit shall be under the supervision of employes or agents of the department or its agents, who shall be afforded have free access to such the lake at all times for such that purpose by the permittee. The permittee shall pay the expenses of such the supervision shall be paid by the permittee.
(4) All fish removed from such the lake under such a permit shall be turned over to disposed of as directed by the department.
248,578 Section 578. 29.513 (5) of the statutes, as created by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.737 (5).
248,579 Section 579. 29.514 of the statutes, as created by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.738.
248,580 Section 580. 29.515 of the statutes is renumbered 29.713 and amended to read:
29.713 Trespass to state fish hatchery. Whoever does any of the following without proper authority shall be subject to the penalties under s. 29.99 29.971 (1):
(1) Without proper authority, enters Enters upon the grounds of any a state fish hatchery for the purpose of killing or taking fish therefrom; or.
(2) Without proper authority, kills, Kills or takes or catches any fish from any waters or grounds which the person knew or should have known belonged to or were connected with any of a state fish hatchery; or.
(3) Without proper authority to do so, intentionally or negligently injures Injures any fish, or in any manner interferes harmfully with the ponds, streams, troughs or other property of a state fish hatchery.
Note: The requirement of knowledge in s. 29.515 (2) and the requirement of intent or negligence in s. 29.515 (3) existed when a criminal penalty was imposed for violation of this provision. The offense has since been decriminalized, and the penalty is now a civil forfeiture. The requirement for the prosecutor to prove knowledge, intent or negligence is typically included in statutes subject to criminal penalties, due to the seriousness of the penalty. This requirement is not necessary where the penalty is a civil forfeiture and it is therefore eliminated.
248,581 Section 581. 29.521 of the statutes, as created by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.733.
248,582 Section 582. 29.525 of the statutes, as created by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.735.
248,583 Section 583. 29.53 (title) and (1) to (4) of the statutes, as created by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, are renumbered 29.736 (title) and (1) to (4).
248,584 Section 584. 29.53 (5) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.736 (5) and amended to read:
29.736 (5) The requirement of being issued a permit under this section shall does not apply to civic organizations, organizations operating newspapers or television stations or promoters of sport shows when and in connection with publicly showing or exhibiting, giving demonstrations with or providing fishing of fish for periods of not to exceed 10 days if the fish are placed in a tank or an artificially constructed pond that is a self-contained body of water. Fish used for such these purposes shall have been certified by a qualified inspector to meet the fish health standards and requirements promulgated under s. 95.60 (4s) (b).
248,585 Section 585. 29.535 (title) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.745 (title).
248,586 Section 586. 29.535 (1) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is renumbered 29.745 (1) (a) (intro.) and amended to read:
29.745 (1) (a) (intro.) A person must be issued shall obtain a permit from the department before doing any of the following:
248,587 Section 587. 29.535 (1) (a) 1. of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.745 (1) (a) 1. and amended to read:
29.745 (1) (a) 1. Importing into the state any wild animal other than fish or their eggs for the purpose of introducing, or stocking or planting that wild animal.
248,588 Section 588. 29.535 (1) (a) 2. of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.745 (1) (a) 2. and amended to read:
29.745 (1) (a) 2. Introducing, or stocking or planting any wild animal other than fish or their eggs.
248,589 Section 589. 29.535 (1) (b) of the statutes is renumbered 29.745 (1) (b) and amended to read:
29.745 (1) (b) Applications Application for such permits a permit shall be made in writing on forms provided by to the department.
248,590 Section 590. 29.535 (1) (c) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.745 (1) (c) and amended to read:
29.745 (1) (c) Permits for introducing, or stocking or planting under par. (a) 2. shall be issued by the department only after investigation and inspection of the wild animals as the department determines is necessary.
248,591 Section 591. 29.535 (2) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is repealed.
Note: This subsection pertains to DNR authority to import and introduce wild animals other than fish and is recreated as new s. 29.745 (2).
248,592 Section 592. 29.536 of the statutes is repealed.
Note: Section 29.536 relates to municipal fish hatcheries and fisheries. There are none.
248,593 Section 593. 29.54 of the statutes is renumbered 29.741, and 29.741 (title) and (1), as renumbered, are amended to read:
29.741 (title) State propagation of wild mammals and birds animals. (1) The department may take or purchase and direct the distribution of wild mammals and birds animals and their eggs for propagation. The distribution thereof shall be made throughout the state under the supervision and direction of the department and according to its rules This subsection does not apply to farm-raised fish.
248,594 Section 594. 29.544 of the statutes is renumbered 29.607, and 29.607 (title), (1), (2) (a), (3) (title) and (4) to (7), as renumbered, are amended to read:
29.607 (title) Wild rice conservation; licenses. (1) Title to wild rice. (a) The legal title to all wild rice growing in any lake of the state, whether meandered or not, is vested in the state for the purpose of regulating harvest, use, disposition and conservation thereof of wild rice.
(b) The legal title to such wild rice taken or reduced to possession in violation of this chapter or of any rule of the department remains in the state; and the title . Title to any such wild rice lawfully acquired is subject to the condition that upon the violation of this chapter or of any department rule relating to the possession, use, harvest, sale or purchase thereof section by the holder of such title to the wild rice, the same title shall revert, as a result of the violation, to the state. In either case, such wild rice may be seized forthwith wherever found by the department or its agents.
(2) (a) The department may promulgate such rules governing the harvest, use and disposition of wild rice growing in the navigable lakes of the state as it deems reasonably necessary for the conservation and wise use thereof. The secretary may designate the opening date for harvesting wild rice in any navigable lake or stream by posting notice of such the opening date on the shores of and at places of public access to such the lake at least 24 hours before such the opening date, unless the department promulgates by rule a different time period required for notice. Such posting Posting is deemed sufficient notice of such the opening date and no other publication thereof is required.
(3) (title) License required; exceptions; wild rice identification card.
(4) Licenses. (a) Wild rice harvest license. No wild rice harvest license is required of helpers of a licensee who participate only in shore operations. Wild rice harvest licenses may be issued only to residents of this state.
(b) Wild rice dealer license. A wild rice dealer license is required to buy wild rice within the state for resale to anyone except consumers, or to sell wild rice imported from outside of the state to anyone within the state except consumers, or to process wild rice not harvested by the processor himself or herself for resale by the processor to any other person. The license is required to be a class D wild rice dealer license if the amount of wild rice bought, sold or processed by the licensee within the year covered by the license exceeds 50,000 pounds. The license is required to be a class C wild rice dealer license if this amount exceeds 25,000 pounds but does not exceed 50,000 pounds. The license is required to be a class B wild rice dealer license if this amount exceeds 5,000 pounds but does not exceed 25,000 pounds. The license is required to be a class A wild rice dealer license if this amount does not exceed 5,000 pounds. For the purposes of this section, 2 1/2 2.5 pounds of raw rice is deemed equivalent to one pound of processed rice.
(5) Records and reports. Each wild rice dealer shall keep a correct and complete book record in the English language form required by the department of all wild rice bought, sold or processed by the dealer during the period covered by the dealer's license showing the date of each transaction, the names and addresses of all other parties thereto to the transaction, and the amount of wild rice involved, whether raw or processed. Each such The record shall be open for inspection by the department or its agents at all reasonable times. All licensed wild rice dealers shall file such reports on their operations as wild rice dealers as are required by the department.
(6) Private waters. (a) Nothing in this section shall be construed as giving the this state of Wisconsin, or the department or its agents the right to control, regulate, manage or harvest wild rice growing on privately owned beds of flowages or ponds.
(b) No person shall, within the boundaries of this state, may use or cause to be used any mechanical device of any nature in the harvesting or gathering of wild rice.
(7) Penalties. Any person violating this section shall be punished pursuant to s. 29.99 29.971 (2) and (12).
248,595 Section 595. 29.547 of the statutes is renumbered 29.611, and 29.611 (title), (1) (intro.), (4) (b) and (11), as renumbered, are amended to read:
29.611 (title) Ginseng protected Wild ginseng. (1) Definitions. (intro.) As used in In this section:
(4) (b) The dealer knows that the vendor has violated this section or a rule promulgated under this section.
(11) Penalty. A person who violates this section or a rule promulgated under this section shall forfeit not more than $500. A person who violates this section or a rule promulgated under this section within 3 years after conviction for a previous violation of this section or a rule promulgated under this section shall forfeit not more than $1,000.
248,596 Section 596. 29.55 of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act 27, is renumbered 29.857.
248,597 Section 597. Subchapter VII (title) of chapter 29 [precedes 29.553] of the statutes is created to read:
Chapter 29
Subchapter VII
Approval fees and
effective periods
248,598 Section 598. 29.555 of the statutes is renumbered 29.617.
248,599 Section 599. 29.557 of the statutes is renumbered 29.089.
248,600 Section 600. 29.56 of the statutes is renumbered 29.091 and amended to read:
29.091 (title) Game or Hunting or trapping in wildlife refuge. No person shall at any time or in any manner may hunt or trap within the boundaries of any game or wildlife refuge established pursuant to under s. 23.09 (2) (b) or 29.57 29.621, nor or have possession or control of therein, any gun or rifle , firearm, bow or crossbow unless the same gun or firearm is unloaded, the bow or crossbow is unstrung and the gun, firearm, bow or crossbow is enclosed within a carrying case. The taking of predatory game birds and animals shall be done as the department directs. All state game or wildlife refuge boundary lines shall be marked by posts placed at intervals of not over 500 feet and bearing signs with the words "Wisconsin Wildlife Refuge".
248,601 Section 601 . 29.563 of the statutes is created to read:
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