2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
November 2, 2011 - Printed by direction of Senate Chief Clerk.
1An Act to repeal
29.089 (3); to renumber and amend
29.591 (2); to amend
29.089 (title), 29.089 (1), 29.089 (2) (intro.), 27.01 (7) (c) 6., 27.01 (8) (b) 2., 3
29.053 (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); 5
and to create
15.347 (21), 29.089 (1m), 23.0916 (3m), 23.0917 (8) (f), 29.036, 6
29.053 (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
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:
15.347 (21) Sporting heritage council.
(a) There is created in the department 9
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 11
2. Two members, appointed by the governor.
3. Two members, appointed by the speaker of the assembly, who may not be 14
members of the same political party.
4. Two members, appointed by the senate majority leader, who may not be 16
members of the same political party.
5. Five members, appointed by the secretary of natural resources from 2
nominations provided by sporting organizations that have as their primary objective 3
the promotion of hunting or trapping. Of the 5 members, one shall represent the 4
interests of deer hunters, one shall represent the interests of bear hunters, one shall 5
represent the interests of waterfowl hunters, one shall represent the interests of 6
upland game hunters, and one shall represent the interests of furbearing animal 7
hunters and trappers.
6. One member, appointed by the secretary of natural resources from 9
nominations provided by a sporting organization that has as its primary objective the 10
promotion of fishing.
7. Two members, appointed by the secretary of natural resources, each of whom 12
has held a conservation patron license for 2 of the 3 license years preceding the date 13
of the member's appointment.
8. One member, appointed by the executive committee of the conservation 15
congress, who is a member of the conservation congress.
(b) The members of the sporting heritage council appointed under par. (a) 2. to 17
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 21
determination by the natural resources board under sub. (2) (b) or (c) or (3) (b) or (c) 22
with regard to public access on land or an easement requires 4 or more members of 23
the natural resources board to concur in that determination if the land or easement 24
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 2
board with regard to public access on an easement, if the primary purpose of the 3
easement is to provide public access to a navigable water on which public fishing is 4
(f) The department may not obligate moneys from the 7
appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) to award a grant under sub. (3) or (4) unless 8
the department first considers whether the grant will benefit local businesses and 9
the economy of this state.
(c) 6. Any vehicle, except a motor bus, occupied by a person holding 12
a senior citizen recreation card issued under s. 29.624 or a disabled veteran
13recreation card issued under s. 29.236
(b) 2. Any person holding a senior citizen recreation card issued under 16
s. 29.624 or a disabled veteran recreation card issued under s. 29.236
1829.036 Sporting heritage council. (1)
The sporting heritage council shall 19
study, and provide advice and make recommendations to the governor, the natural 20
resources board, and the legislature about, issues relating to hunting, trapping, 21
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 23
(b) Ways to improve the management and protection of the natural resources 2
of this state for the purpose of hunting, trapping, fishing, and other types of outdoor 3
(c) Ways to encourage youth to participate in outdoor recreation activities 5
including ways to implement outdoor recreation programs for youth.
(d) Ways to improve access to public and private land for hunting, trapping, 7
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 11
of the recruitment and retention of hunters, trappers, and anglers in this state. The 12
sporting heritage council shall submit its initial report under this subsection no later 13
than July 1, 2014, and shall submit subsequent reports no later than July 1 of each 14
even-numbered year thereafter, to the governor, to the chairperson of the natural 15
resources board, and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for 16
distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3).
(a) In this subsection:
1. "Northern zone" means the geographic area of this state that is north of USH 20
2. "Southern zone" means the geographic area of this state that is south of USH 22
(b) Any open fishing season that the department establishes for a type of game 24
fish that applies to both the northern zone and the southern zone, shall have an
ending date in the northern zone that is 7 days later than the ending date for that 2
open season in the southern zone.
The department may modify any requirement of this chapter or 5
rules promulgated under it, establish special seasons, authorize the use of special 6
equipment or take any other action in order to provide additional hunting and fishing 7
opportunities for persons who are physically disabled or visually handicapped and.
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)