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AB502,3,24 22(2) Licenses required. (a) Prohibition. Except as authorized under a wolf
23harvesting license, no person may hunt or trap a wolf. Both residents and
24nonresidents are eligible for wolf harvesting licenses.
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1(b) Resident archer licenses and trapping licenses. Notwithstanding ss. 29.171
2(2), 29.216 (2), and 29.241 (3), a resident archer hunting license, a nonresident archer
3hunting license, or a trapping license does not authorize the hunting or trapping of
4wolves.
AB502,4,9 5(3) Issuance of licenses. (a) Issuance; generally. Except as provided in par.
6(b), if the department establishes an open season as provided under sub. (5), the
7department, subject to ss. 29.024 and 54.25 (2) (c) 1. d., shall issue a wolf harvesting
8license to each person who applies for the license, and who pays the required fees for
9the license.
AB502,5,210 (b) Cumulative preference system. In issuing wolf harvesting licenses under
11this subsection, the department shall determine the number of licenses that will be
12available for a given year. If the number of qualified applications for wolf harvesting
13licenses exceeds the number of licenses that are available, the department shall
14select the applicants to be issued the license based on a cumulative preference
15system. The system shall establish preference categories for those applicants who
16applied for but who were not issued a wolf harvesting license in previous seasons,
17with higher preference given to those applicants with more preference points. If the
18number of applicants within a preference category exceeds the number of wolf
19harvesting licenses available in the category, the department shall select at random
20within the category the applicants to be issued the licenses. For each season, the
21department shall allow each applicant to apply for a preference point or for a license.
22The department shall give a preference point to each applicant who applies for a
23preference point and to each applicant who applies for license but who is not selected.
24An applicant who applies for either a preference point or a license at least once during
25any 3 consecutive years shall not lose his or her acquired preference points under the

1system. A person applying under the system shall pay the processing fee at the time
2of application.
AB502,5,73 (c) Preference system; on receipt of license. A applicant who is selected to receive
4a wolf harvesting license under the cumulative preference system established under
5par. (b) may elect to receive a preference point instead of a license if he or she serving
6on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or national guard during all or part of the wolf
7harvesting season for which the license is issued.
AB502,5,14 8(4) Transfer of license. (a) Upon application by a holder of a wolf harvesting
9license to the department to transfer the license to another person and upon payment
10of any fee required under par. (b), the department shall transfer the license if the
11application is made no later than the 15 days immediately preceding the first day of
12the wolf harvesting season if the person to whom the license is transferred is at least
1318 years of age and is otherwise eligible to use the license. The accompanying carcass
14tag shall also be transferred.
AB502,5,1815 (b) If the holder of the wolf harvesting license is a resident and the holder
16applies to transfer the license to a nonresident, the holder shall pay, at the time of
17application, any difference between the fee for issuing the license to a resident and
18the fee for issuing the license to a nonresident.
AB502,5,2019 (c) A holder of a license being transferred under this section may not receive
20any consideration for the transfer of the license.
AB502,5,23 21(5) Seasons; zones. (a) The department shall establish a single annual open
22season for both hunting and trapping wolves that begins on October 15th of each year
23and ends on the last day of February of the following year.
AB502,6,224 (b) The department shall divide the entire state into wolf harvesting zones. The
25total number of zones may not exceed 4. Each zone shall be open to both hunting and

1trapping, except as provided in par. (c). A wolf harvesting license authorizes its
2holder to hunt or trap or both only in the zone specified on the license.
AB502,6,83 (c) The department may close a wolf harvesting zone to both hunting and
4trapping of wolves, if the department determines that the closure is necessary to
5effectively manage the state's wolf population. Notwithstanding ss. 29.014 and
6227.10 (1) such closure need not be promulgated as a rule under ch. 227. Closure of
7a wolf harvesting zone under this paragraph may not take effect until at least 24
8hours after the department has done all of the following:
AB502,6,99 1. Posted notice of the closure on its Internet Web site.
AB502,6,1010 2. Announced the closure on its telephone registration system.
AB502,6,1111 3. Issued a press release announcing the closure.
AB502,6,1512 (d) The department may close a wolf harvesting zone to hunting of coyotes
13during a season that authorizes hunting of deer with firearms if the department
14determines that the closure is necessary to effectively manage the state's wolf
15population.
AB502,6,18 16(6) Authorized hunting and trapping activities. (a) Authorization; hunting.
17A wolf harvesting license authorizes the hunting of wolves by using any of the
18following:
AB502,6,1919 1. A firearm, as authorized under par. (b), a bow and arrow, or a crossbow.
AB502,6,2020 2. Dogs to track or trail wolves, subject to par. (c).
AB502,6,2121 3. Predator calls, including electronic calls.
AB502,6,2322 4. Bait that does not involve animal parts or animal byproducts, other than
23liquid scents.
AB502,7,224 (b) Firearms and ammunition. A wolf harvesting license authorizes hunting
25with a rifle, a muzzle-loading firearm, a handgun, a shotgun that fires slugs or

1shotshells, and any other firearm that is loaded with a single slug or ball. A wolf
2harvesting license authorizes hunting with shot that is larger than size BB.
AB502,7,53 (c) Use of dogs. 1. A person may hunt wolves using dogs beginning with the
4first Monday that follows the last day of the regular season that is open to hunting
5deer with firearms and ending on the last day of February of the following year.
AB502,7,86 2. No more than 6 dogs in a single pack may be used to trail or track a wolf,
7regardless of the number of hunters assisting the holder of the wolf harvesting
8license.
AB502,7,119 3. While a person is using a dog to hunt wolf, the person shall keep on his or
10her person any tag required for the dog under s. 95.21 (2) (f), 174.053 (2), or 174.07
11(1) (e).
AB502,7,1512 (d) Hunting at night. A person may hunt wolves during nighttime beginning
13with the first Monday that follows the last day of the regular season that is open to
14hunting deer with firearms and ending on the last day of February of the following
15year.
AB502,7,1816 (e) Inapplicability of restrictions. A person who is hunting as authorized under
17a wolf harvesting license is not subject to any restrictions relating to hunting
18seasons, zones, or times that the department imposes on the hunting of coyote.
AB502,7,2019 (f) Trapping; types of traps. The types of traps that shall be authorized by the
20department for trapping wolves shall include cable restraints.
AB502,8,5 21(7) Tags; registration. (a) The department shall issue one wolf carcass tag to
22each person who is issued a wolf harvesting license under sub. (3). Each holder of
23a wolf harvesting license who kills a wolf shall immediately validate and attach the
24carcass tag to the wolf. No person may possess, control, store, or transport a wolf
25carcass unless it is tagged as required under this paragraph. The carcass tag shall

1be attached and validated in the manner required by the department. A person who
2kills a wolf shall register the carcass with the department on a telephone registration
3system or through an electronic notification system established by the department.
4The carcass tag may not be removed before registration. The removal of a carcass
5tag from a wolf before registration results in the wolf being untagged.
AB502,8,106 (b) A person who harvests a wolf that has an attached or implanted radio
7telemetry device shall return the device to the department. The department shall
8inform the person, upon his or her request, of any information that has been collected
9through the telemetry device or otherwise by the department that relates that the
10wolf that was harvested.
AB502, s. 7 11Section 7. 29.314 (4) (b) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB502,8,1412 29.314 (4) (b) 2. To a person who possesses a flashlight or who uses a flashlight
13at the point of kill while hunting on foot for wolves or for raccoons, foxes, coyotes, or
14other unprotected animals during the open season for the animals hunted.
AB502, s. 8 15Section 8. 29.314 (5) (b) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB502,8,1816 29.314 (5) (b) 2. To a person who possesses a flashlight or who uses a flashlight
17at the point of kill while hunting on foot for wolves or for raccoons, foxes, coyotes, or
18other unprotected animals during the open season for the animals hunted.
AB502, s. 9 19Section 9. 29.337 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB502,8,2320 29.337 (1) (intro.) The owner or occupant of any land, and any member of his
21or her family, may hunt or trap beaver, coyotes, wolves, foxes, raccoons, woodchucks,
22rabbits, and squirrels on the land without a license issued under this chapter or ch.
23169 at any time, except as follows:
AB502, s. 10 24Section 10. 29.337 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
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129.337 (1) (c) Such persons may hunt wolves only during the month of February
2and only on land that is located in a wolf harvesting zone that is not closed to hunting
3under s. 29.185 (4) (c). Such persons shall register the carcass of any wolf killed with
4the department on a telephone registration system or through an electronic
5notification system established by the department.
AB502, s. 11 6Section 11. 29.553 (1) (hr) of the statutes is created to read:
AB502,9,77 29.553 (1) (hr) Wolf harvesting license.
AB502, s. 12 8Section 12. 29.563 (4) (a) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
AB502,9,99 29.563 (4) (a) 3. Wolf harvesting: $99.25.
AB502, s. 13 10Section 13. 29.563 (4) (b) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
AB502,9,1111 29.563 (4) (b) 3. Wolf harvesting: $499.25.
AB502, s. 14 12Section 14. 29.563 (14) (a) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB502,9,1413 29.563 (14) (a) 3. The processing fee for applications for elk hunting licenses
14and wolf harvesting licenses: $9.75.
AB502, s. 15 15Section 15. 29.563 (14) (c) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB502,9,2016 29.563 (14) (c) 3. Each application for a hunter's choice permit, bonus deer
17hunting permit, elk hunting license, wild turkey hunting license, wolf harvesting
18license,
Canada goose hunting permit, sharp-tailed grouse hunting permit, bobcat
19hunting and trapping permit, otter trapping permit, fisher trapping permit, or
20sturgeon fishing permit: 25 cents.
AB502, s. 16 21Section 16. 29.888 of the statutes is created to read:
AB502,9,25 2229.888 Wolf depredation program. (1) The department shall administer
23a wolf depredation program under which payments may be made to persons who
24apply for reimbursement for death or injury caused by wolves to livestock, to hunting
25dogs other than those being actively used in the hunting of wolves, and to pets and

1for management and control activities conducted by the department for the purpose
2of reducing such damage caused by wolves.
AB502,10,9 3(2) The department shall establish maximum amounts that will be paid under
4sub. (1) depending on the type of animal that suffered the death or injury. If the
5department determines that the total of the amount allocated for expenditure for
6such payments from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (1) (fs) and the amount
7available for such payments under the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (fv) is
8insufficient in a given fiscal year for making all of these payments, the department
9shall make the payments on a prorated basis.
AB502,10,14 10(3) If, after making the payments under sub. (2), there are moneys remaining
11in the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (fv) for a given fiscal year, the department
12may use all or part of the remaining moneys in the following fiscal year for
13management and control of the wolf population activities conducted by the
14department.
AB502,10,18 15(4) If there are any moneys remaining at the end of a given fiscal year after
16making the payments under sub. (2) and paying for activities authorized under sub
17(3), these moneys shall lapse into the conservation fund, notwithstanding s. 20.001
18(3) (c).
AB502, s. 17 19Section 17. 29.977 (1) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB502,10,2020 29.977 (1) (d) Any bobcat, fox, wolf, beaver, or otter, $87.50.
AB502, s. 18 21Section 18. 29.983 (1) (b) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB502,10,2222 29.983 (1) (b) 4. For any bobcat, fox, wolf, beaver, or otter, $87.50.
AB502, s. 19 23Section 19. 167.31 (4) (e) of the statutes is renumbered 167.31 (4) (e) (intro.)
24and amended to read:
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1167.31 (4) (e) (intro.) Subsection (2) (d) does not apply to a if the highway or
2roadway is surfaced with some material other than concrete or blacktop and if any
3of the following applies:
AB502,11,6 41. The person who is legally hunting small game with a muzzle-loading firearm
5or with a shotgun loaded with shotshell or chilled shot number BB or smaller, if the
6surface of the highway or roadway is anything other than concrete or blacktop
.
AB502, s. 20 7Section 20. 167.31 (4) (e) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
AB502,11,88 167.31 (4) (e) 2. The person is legally hunting wolves.
AB502, s. 21 9Section 21. Nonstatutory provisions.
AB502,11,1010 (1) Rules.
AB502,11,1511 (a) The department of natural resources shall submit in proposed form any
12rules that are necessary to implement or interpret sections 29.185 and 29.888 of the
13statutes, as created by this act, to the legislative council staff under section 227.15
14(1) of the statutes no later than the first day of the 4th month beginning after the
15effective date of this paragraph.
AB502,12,216 (b) Using the procedure under section 227.24 of the statutes, the department
17of natural resources shall promulgate any rules necessary to implement or interpret
18sections 29.185 and 29.888 of the statutes, as created by this act, for the period before
19the effective date of the permanent rules that are submitted under subsection (1).
20Notwithstanding section 227.24 (1) (c) and (2) of the statutes, emergency rules
21promulgated under this paragraph remain in effect until the date on which the
22permanent rules take effect. Notwithstanding section 227.24 (1) (a), (2) (b), and (3)
23of the statutes, the department of natural resources is not required to provide
24evidence that promulgating rules under this paragraph as emergency rules is
25necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, safety, or welfare and is

1not required to provide a finding of emergency for rules promulgated under this
2paragraph.
AB502,12,33 (End)
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