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2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
November 2, 2011 - Printed by direction of Senate Chief Clerk.
AB311-engrossed,2,6 1An Act to repeal 29.089 (3); to renumber and amend 29.591 (2); to amend
229.089 (title), 29.089 (1), 29.089 (2) (intro.), 27.01 (7) (c) 6., 27.01 (8) (b) 2.,
329.053 (3), 29.193 (2) (b) 1., 29.193 (2) (b) 3., 29.197 (3), 29.237 (1m), 29.563 (2)
4(intro.), 29.563 (3) (intro.), 29.563 (6) (intro.), 29.597 (1) (a) and 29.597 (1) (c);
5and to create 15.347 (21), 29.089 (1m), 23.0916 (3m), 23.0917 (8) (f), 29.036,
629.053 (1m), 29.084, 29.193 (2) (c) 5., 29.193 (2) (cr) 2m., 29.193 (2) (cr) 4., 29.193
7(2) (d) 3., 29.236, 29.563 (4) (a) 3., 29.563 (4) (am), 29.563 (6) (a) 1m., 29.563
8(6m), 29.563 (12) (c) 1m., 29.563 (14) (c) 7., 29.569 (4m), 29.591 (1) (am), 29.591
9(2) (b), 29.597 (1m), 29.597 (2) (c), 29.597 (2) (d) and 120.13 (30) of the statutes;
10relating to: creating a sporting heritage council; programs to encourage
11hunting, trapping, fishing, and outdoor recreation activities; access to land
12under the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson stewardship program; reduced
13fees for certain hunting, trapping, and fishing approvals; high school credit
14under and administration of the hunter and trapper education programs; Class

1D hunting permits issued to certain disabled persons; waiving fishing license
2requirements for weekend fishing events; hunting, fishing, and trapping in
3state parks; sturgeon spearing license age requirements; issuing disabled
4veteran recreational cards; hunting of waterfowl by holders of Class A hunting
5permits for the disabled; open game fishing seasons; and requiring the exercise
6of rule-making authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Engrossment information:
The text of Engrossed 2011 Assembly Bill 311 consists of the following
documents adopted in the assembly on November 1, 2011: Assembly Substitute
Amendment 1 as affected by Assembly Amendments 1, 2, 3, 4 (as affected by
Assembly Amendment 1 thereto), and 7. In engrossing, Sections 1d, 1f, 1j, 1m, 1p,
4m, and 5g were renumbered, respectively, Sections 5ae, 5am, 5as, 5bg, 5br, 4r, and
5h to correct the order of these sections.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB311-engrossed, s. 1 7Section 1. 15.347 (21) of the statutes is created to read:
AB311-engrossed,2,98 15.347 (21) Sporting heritage council. (a) There is created in the department
9of natural resources a sporting heritage council consisting of the following members:
AB311-engrossed,2,1110 1. The secretary of natural resources, or his or her designee, who shall serve
11as chairperson.
AB311-engrossed,2,1212 2. Two members, appointed by the governor.
AB311-engrossed,2,1413 3. Two members, appointed by the speaker of the assembly, who may not be
14members of the same political party.
AB311-engrossed,2,1615 4. Two members, appointed by the senate majority leader, who may not be
16members of the same political party.
AB311-engrossed,3,7
15. Five members, appointed by the secretary of natural resources from
2nominations provided by sporting organizations that have as their primary objective
3the promotion of hunting or trapping. Of the 5 members, one shall represent the
4interests of deer hunters, one shall represent the interests of bear hunters, one shall
5represent the interests of waterfowl hunters, one shall represent the interests of
6upland game hunters, and one shall represent the interests of furbearing animal
7hunters and trappers.
AB311-engrossed,3,108 6. One member, appointed by the secretary of natural resources from
9nominations provided by a sporting organization that has as its primary objective the
10promotion of fishing.
AB311-engrossed,3,1311 7. Two members, appointed by the secretary of natural resources, each of whom
12has held a conservation patron license for 2 of the 3 license years preceding the date
13of the member's appointment.
AB311-engrossed,3,1514 8. One member, appointed by the executive committee of the conservation
15congress, who is a member of the conservation congress.
AB311-engrossed,3,1716 (b) The members of the sporting heritage council appointed under par. (a) 2. to
178. shall be appointed for 3-year terms.
AB311-engrossed,3,1818 (c) The sporting heritage council shall meet at least 4 times each year.
AB311-engrossed, s. 2 19Section 2. 23.0916 (3m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB311-engrossed,3,2420 23.0916 (3m) Board determinations. (a) Except as provided in par. (b), a
21determination by the natural resources board under sub. (2) (b) or (c) or (3) (b) or (c)
22with regard to public access on land or an easement requires 4 or more members of
23the natural resources board to concur in that determination if the land or easement
24was acquired on or after the effective date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date].
AB311-engrossed,4,4
1(b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a determination by the natural resources
2board with regard to public access on an easement, if the primary purpose of the
3easement is to provide public access to a navigable water on which public fishing is
4allowed.
AB311-engrossed, s. 3 5Section 3. 23.0917 (8) (f) of the statutes is created to read:
AB311-engrossed,4,96 23.0917 (8) (f) The department may not obligate moneys from the
7appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) to award a grant under sub. (3) or (4) unless
8the department first considers whether the grant will benefit local businesses and
9the economy of this state.
AB311-engrossed, s. 3g 10Section 3g. 27.01 (7) (c) 6. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB311-engrossed,4,1311 27.01 (7) (c) 6. Any vehicle, except a motor bus, occupied by a person holding
12a senior citizen recreation card issued under s. 29.624 or a disabled veteran
13recreation card issued under s. 29.236
.
AB311-engrossed, s. 3m 14Section 3m. 27.01 (8) (b) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB311-engrossed,4,1615 27.01 (8) (b) 2. Any person holding a senior citizen recreation card issued under
16s. 29.624 or a disabled veteran recreation card issued under s. 29.236; or
AB311-engrossed, s. 4 17Section 4. 29.036 of the statutes is created to read:
AB311-engrossed,4,21 1829.036 Sporting heritage council. (1) The sporting heritage council shall
19study, and provide advice and make recommendations to the governor, the natural
20resources board, and the legislature about, issues relating to hunting, trapping,
21fishing, and other types of outdoor recreation activities including all of the following:
AB311-engrossed,4,2322 (a) Ways to improve the recruitment and retention of hunters, trappers, and
23anglers.
AB311-engrossed,5,3
1(b) Ways to improve the management and protection of the natural resources
2of this state for the purpose of hunting, trapping, fishing, and other types of outdoor
3recreation activities.
AB311-engrossed,5,54 (c) Ways to encourage youth to participate in outdoor recreation activities
5including ways to implement outdoor recreation programs for youth.
AB311-engrossed,5,76 (d) Ways to improve access to public and private land for hunting, trapping,
7fishing and other types of outdoor recreation activities.
AB311-engrossed,5,88 (e) Ways to improve public access to lakes.
AB311-engrossed,5,99 (f) Ways to increase the availability of public shooting ranges.
AB311-engrossed,5,16 10(2) The sporting heritage council shall prepare a biennial report on the status
11of the recruitment and retention of hunters, trappers, and anglers in this state. The
12sporting heritage council shall submit its initial report under this subsection no later
13than July 1, 2014, and shall submit subsequent reports no later than July 1 of each
14even-numbered year thereafter, to the governor, to the chairperson of the natural
15resources board, and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for
16distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3).
AB311-engrossed, s. 4m 17Section 4m. 29.053 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB311-engrossed,5,1818 29.053 (1m) (a) In this subsection:
AB311-engrossed,5,2019 1. "Northern zone" means the geographic area of this state that is north of USH
2010.
AB311-engrossed,5,2221 2. "Southern zone" means the geographic area of this state that is south of USH
2210.
AB311-engrossed,6,223 (b) Any open fishing season that the department establishes for a type of game
24fish that applies to both the northern zone and the southern zone, shall have an

1ending date in the northern zone that is 7 days later than the ending date for that
2open season in the southern zone.
AB311-engrossed, s. 4r 3Section 4r. 29.053 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB311-engrossed,6,114 29.053 (3) The department may modify any requirement of this chapter or
5rules promulgated under it, establish special seasons, authorize the use of special
6equipment or take any other action in order to provide additional hunting and fishing
7opportunities for persons who are physically disabled or visually handicapped and.
8The department
may limit the number of persons involved, except that if the
9department establishes a special season for hunting deer with firearms for persons
10who are physically disabled, the season shall be open to persons who have been
11issued a Class D permit under s. 29.193 (2)
.
AB311-engrossed, s. 5 12Section 5. 29.084 of the statutes is created to read:
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