2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO 2011 ASSEMBLY BILL 311
October 20, 2011 - Offered by Representative Steineke.
1An Act to renumber and amend
29.197 (3), 29.237 (1m), 2
29.563 (2) (intro.), 29.563 (3) (intro.), 29.563 (6) (intro.), 29.597 (1) (a) and 3
29.597 (1) (c); and to create
15.347 (21), 23.0916 (3m), 23.0917 (8) (f), 29.036, 4
29.084, 29.563 (6) (a) 1m., 29.563 (6m), 29.591 (1) (am), 29.591 (2) (b), 29.597 5
(1m), 29.597 (2) (c), 29.597 (2) (d) and 120.13 (30) of the statutes; relating to:
6creating a sporting heritage council; programs to encourage hunting, trapping,
7fishing, and outdoor recreation activities; access to land under the Warren
8Knowles-Gaylord Nelson stewardship program; reduced fees for certain
9hunting, trapping, and fishing approvals; high school credit under and
10administration of the hunter and trapper education programs; waiving fishing
11license requirements for weekend fishing events; sturgeon spearing license age
12requirements; and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
15.347 (21) Sporting heritage council.
(a) There is created in the department 3
of natural resources a sporting heritage council consisting of the following members:
1. The secretary of natural resources, or his or her designee, who shall serve 5
2. Two members, appointed by the governor.
3. Two members, appointed by the speaker of the assembly, who may not be 8
members of the same political party.
4. Two members, appointed by the senate majority leader, who may not be 10
members of the same political party.
5. Five members, appointed by the secretary of natural resources from 12
nominations provided by sporting organizations that have as their primary objective 13
the promotion of hunting or trapping. Of the 5 members, one shall represent the 14
interests of deer hunters, one shall represent the interests of bear hunters, one shall 15
represent the interests of waterfowl hunters, one shall represent the interests of 16
upland game hunters, and one shall represent the interests of furbearing animal 17
hunters and trappers.
6. One member, appointed by the secretary of natural resources from 19
nominations provided by a sporting organization that has as its primary objective the 20
promotion of fishing.
7. Two members, appointed by the secretary of natural resources, each of whom 22
has held a conservation patron license for 2 of the 3 license years preceding the date 23
of the member's appointment.
8. One member, appointed by the executive committee of the conservation 2
congress, who is a member of the conservation congress.
(b) The members of the sporting heritage council appointed under par. (a) 2. to 4
8. shall be appointed for 3-year terms.
(c) The sporting heritage council shall meet at least 4 times each year.
23.0916 (3m) Board determinations.
(a) Except as provided in par. (b), a 8
determination by the natural resources board under sub. (2) (b) or (c) or (3) (b) or (c) 9
with regard to public access on land or an easement requires 5 or more members of 10
the natural resources board to concur in that determination if the land or easement 11
was acquired on or after the effective date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date].
(b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a determination by the natural resources 13
board with regard to public access on an easement, if the primary purpose of the 14
easement is to provide public access to a navigable water on which public fishing is 15
AB311-ASA1, s. 3
23.0917 (8) (f) of the statutes is created to read:
(f) The department may not obligate moneys from the 18
appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) to award a grant under sub. (3) or (4) unless 19
the department first considers whether the grant will benefit local businesses and 20
the economy of this state.
2229.036 Sporting heritage council. (1)
The sporting heritage council shall 23
study, and provide advice and make recommendations to the governor, the natural 24
resources board, and the legislature about, issues relating to hunting, trapping, 25
fishing, and other types of outdoor recreation activities including all of the following:
(a) Ways to improve the recruitment and retention of hunters, trappers, and 2
(b) Ways to improve the management and protection of the natural resources 4
of this state for the purpose of hunting, trapping, fishing, and other types of outdoor 5
(c) Ways to encourage youth to participate in outdoor recreation activities 7
including ways to implement outdoor recreation programs for youth.
(d) Ways to improve access to public and private land for hunting, trapping, 9
fishing and other types of outdoor recreation activities.
(e) Ways to improve public access to lakes.
(f) Ways to increase the availability of public shooting ranges.
The sporting heritage council shall prepare a biennial report on the status 13
of the recruitment and retention of hunters, trappers, and anglers in this state. The 14
sporting heritage council shall submit its initial report under this subsection no later 15
than July 1, 2014, and shall submit subsequent reports no later than July 1 of each 16
even-numbered year thereafter, to the governor, to the chairperson of the natural 17
resources board, and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for 18
distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3).
2029.084 Incentives for recruitment.
The department shall establish a 21
program to recognize people who recruit others as hunters, trappers, and anglers. 22
The program shall include a component under which a person who is issued his or 23
her first hunting, trapping, or fishing approval in his or her lifetime may designate 24
one person as the person who encouraged the applicant to obtain the license. The 25
program shall provide for all of the following:
A method for maintaining a record of persons designated as provided under 2
A method for issuing a credit to any resident who is designated as provided 4
under this section a specified number of times, as determined by the department, in 5
any license year. The method shall require the department to allow the recipient of 6
the credit to apply the credit in a manner that reduces the fee for an approval that 7
is listed under s. 29.563 (2) (a) 1., 2., 4. to 5g., or 7. to 9., (3) (a) 1., or (6) (a) 1. by 8
one-half of the fee that would otherwise apply to the approval, rounded up to the 9
nearest dollar, that reduces the fee specified in s. 29.563 (4) (a) 1. for a resident sports 10
license by $20, or that reduces the fee specified in s. 29.563 (4) (a) 2. for a resident 11
conservation patron license by $60. The department may not require a resident to 12
be designated more than 5 times in a license year in order to be eligible for a credit 13
under this subsection. In this subsection, "license year" means the period between 14
April 1 and the following March 31.
A method under which a person who is designated as provided under this 16
section by more than 20 different people may be entered in a drawing for prizes 17
awarded by the department.
A method under which a person may donate a prize to the department to 19
be awarded in a drawing under sub. (3).
29.197 (3) Weekend event events.
In addition to any special event or program 22
sponsored under sub. (2), the department shall, by rule, for a designate 2
event for one weekend weekends
per year, during which it shall
waive the 24
requirement that persons be issued fishing licenses and pay the applicable fees in 25
order to fish in the waters of this state. The department shall designate the 3rd full
1weekend in January as one of the special event weekends.
The department shall, by 2
rule, designate to which inland or outlying waters this waiver these waivers
Subject to s. 29.024 and any limit imposed under s. 29.192 (3), a 6
sturgeon spearing license shall be issued by the department to any person applying 7
for this license who is at least 14 12
AB311-ASA1, s. 8
29.563 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
29.563 (2) Hunting approvals.
(intro.) Except as provided in sub. (2m) and, 10
(2r), and (6m),
the fees for hunting approvals are as follows:
29.563 (3) Fishing approvals.
(intro.) Except as provided in subs. (3m) and, 14
(3r), and (6m),
the fees for fishing approvals are as follows:
AB311-ASA1, s. 10
29.563 (6) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
29.563 (6) Approvals for trapping, fur dealers and taxidermists.
(intro.) The 17Except as provided in sub. (6m), the
fees for trapping, fur dealer, taxidermist and 18
related approvals are as follows:
AB311-ASA1, s. 11
29.563 (6) (a) 1m. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 1m. Trapping issued to persons who are under 16 years of age: 21