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SB226,4,1817 (b) The members of the sporting recruitment and retention council appointed
18under par. (a) 2. to 7. shall be appointed for 3-year terms.
SB226, s. 2 19Section 2. 23.0917 (8) (f) of the statutes is created to read:
SB226,4,2320 23.0917 (8) (f) The department may not obligate moneys from the
21appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) to award a grant under sub. (3) or sub. (4)
22unless the department first considers whether the grant will benefit local businesses
23and the economy of this state.
SB226, s. 3 24Section 3. 23.0917 (8) (g) of the statutes is created to read:
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123.0917 (8) (g) The department may not obligate moneys from the
2appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) to acquire land under sub. (3) unless hunting,
3fishing, trapping, hiking, and cross-country skiing will be allowed on the land
4acquired or unless every member of the natural resources board approves the land
5acquisition.
SB226, s. 4 6Section 4. 29.036 of the statutes is created to read:
SB226,5,17 729.036 Sporting recruitment and retention council. The sporting
8recruitment and retention council shall study, and advise and make
9recommendations to the natural resources board and to the legislature on, ways to
10improve the recruitment and retention of hunters and trappers. The sporting
11recruitment and retention council shall prepare a biennial report on the status of the
12recruitment and retention of hunters and trappers in this state. The sporting
13recruitment and retention council shall submit its initial report under this
14subsection no later than July 1, 2014, and shall submit subsequent reports no later
15than July 1 of each even-numbered year thereafter, for distribution to the natural
16resources board and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under
17s. 13.172 (3).
SB226, s. 5 18Section 5. 29.084 of the statutes is created to read:
SB226,5,24 1929.084 Incentives for recruitment. The department shall establish a
20program to recognize people who recruit others as hunters and trappers. The
21program shall include a component under which a person who is issued his or her
22first hunting or trapping approval in his or her lifetime may designate one person
23as the person who encouraged the applicant to obtain the license. The program shall
24provide for all of the following:
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1(1) A method for maintaining a record of persons designated as provided under
2this section.
SB226,6,8 3(2) A method for issuing a credit of $20 to any person who is designated as
4provided under this section a specified number of times, as determined by the
5department, in any license year. The department may not require a person to be
6designated more than 5 times in a license year in order to be eligible for a credit under
7this subsection. In this subsection, "license year" means the period between April
81 and the following March 31.
SB226,6,11 9(3) A method under which a person who is issued a credit as provided under
10sub. (2) may use the credit toward the cost of a hunting or trapping approval issued
11by the department.
SB226,6,14 12(4) A method under which a person who is designated as provided under this
13section by more than 20 different people may be entered in a drawing for prizes
14awarded by the department.
SB226,6,16 15(5) A method under which a person may donate a prize to the department to
16be awarded in a drawing under sub. (4).
SB226, s. 6 17Section 6. 29.197 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB226,6,2518 29.197 (3) Weekend event events. In addition to any special event or program
19sponsored under sub. (2), the department shall, by rule, for a designate 2 special
20event for one weekend weekends per year, during which it shall waive the
21requirement that persons be issued fishing licenses and pay the applicable fees in
22order to fish in the waters of this state. One of the special event weekends shall be
23designated for the purpose of ice fishing during the first full weekend in January.

24The department shall, by rule, designate to which inland or outlying waters this
25waiver these waivers shall apply.
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1Section 7. 29.237 (1m) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB226,7,42 29.237 (1m) Subject to s. 29.024 and any limit imposed under s. 29.192 (3), a
3sturgeon spearing license shall be issued by the department to any person applying
4for this license who is at least 14 12 years old.
SB226, s. 8 5Section 8. 29.563 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB226,7,76 29.563 (2) Hunting approvals. (intro.) Except as provided in sub. (2m) and,
7(2r), and (2t), the fees for hunting approvals are as follows:
SB226, s. 9 8Section 9. 29.563 (2t) of the statutes is created to read:
SB226,7,139 29.563 (2t) Reduced fees for certain first-time approvals. (a) The fee for an
10approval that is listed under sub. (2) (a) 1., 2., 4. to 5g., or 7. to 9. or (6) (a) is $4.25
11if the approval is issued to a person who has not received that type of approval, or
12has not been conferred the privileges of that type of approval under a license issued
13under s. 29.231 or s. 29.235, in any of the 10 years preceding the date of application.
SB226,7,1814 (b) The fee for an approval listed under sub. (2) (b) 1. to 3. or 5. to 8. or (6) (am)
15is one-half of the fee listed for the respective approval if the approval is issued to a
16person who has not received that type of approval by the department, or has not been
17conferred the privileges of that type of approval under a license issued under s.
1829.231 or s. 29.235, in any of the 10 years preceding the date of application.
SB226, s. 10 19Section 10. 29.591 (1) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
SB226,7,2120 29.591 (1) (am) The department shall offer an online course of instruction
21under the hunter education program for persons who are at least 18 years of age.
SB226, s. 11 22Section 11. 29.591 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 29.591 (2) (am) and
23amended to read:
SB226,8,424 29.591 (2) (am) Administration. The department may appoint county, regional
25and statewide directors and categories of hunter education instructors necessary for

1the hunter education program and the bow hunter education program. These
2appointees are responsible to the department and shall serve on a voluntary basis
3without compensation. This paragraph does not apply to the online course of
4instruction under sub. (1) (am).
SB226, s. 12 5Section 12. 29.591 (2) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
SB226,8,106 29.591 (2) (b) 1. If the online course of instruction under the hunter education
7program requires field testing for a person to demonstrate successful completion of
8the course, the department shall make field testing available through each
9department service center at least bimonthly for persons who are at least 18 years
10of age.
SB226,8,1411 2. If the online course of instruction under the hunter education program
12requires a written test for a person to demonstrate successful completion of the
13course, the department shall offer the test at each department service center at least
14bimonthly to persons who are at least 18 years of age.
SB226, s. 13 15Section 13. 29.597 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB226,8,2216 29.597 (1) Establishment; program requirements. (a) The department shall
17establish and supervise the administration of a trapper education program funded
18from the appropriations under s. 20.370 (1) (Lq) and (ma). The Except with respect
19to the online course of instruction under sub. (1m), the
department shall enter into
20an agreement with an organization that has demonstrated ability and experience in
21the field of trapper education to assist in the establishment and administration of the
22program.
SB226, s. 14 23Section 14. 29.597 (1) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB226,9,224 29.597 (1) (c) The trapper education program shall use certified instructors
25when providing the instruction on techniques of trapping fur-bearing animals. The

1department shall establish criteria and standards for certifying these instructors.
2This paragraph does not apply to the online course of instruction under sub. (1m).
SB226, s. 15 3Section 15. 29.597 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
SB226,9,64 29.597 (1m) Online course of instruction for adults. The department shall
5offer an online course of instruction under the trapper education program for persons
6who are at least 18 years of age.
SB226, s. 16 7Section 16. 29.597 (2) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
SB226,9,128 29.597 (2) (c) 1. If the online course of instruction under the trapper education
9program requires field testing for a person to demonstrate successful completion of
10the course, the department shall make field testing available through each
11department service center at least bimonthly for persons who are at least 18 years
12of age.
SB226,9,1613 2. If the online course of instruction under the trapper education program
14requires a written test for a person to demonstrate successful completion of the
15course, the department shall offer the test at each department service center at least
16bimonthly to persons who are at least 18 years of age.
SB226, s. 17 17Section 17. 29.597 (2) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
SB226,9,1918 29.597 (2) (d) Paragraphs (a) and (b) do not apply to the online course of
19instruction under the trapper education program.
SB226, s. 18 20Section 18. 120.12 (26) of the statutes is created to read:
SB226,9,2421 120.12 (26) Hunter education programs. A school board shall award 0.5 high
22school credit to a pupil who successfully completes while in the high school grades
23a course of instruction under the hunter education program or bow hunter education
24program under s. 29.591 or the trapper education program under s. 29.597. A school

1board may award credit to a pupil under this subsection for completion of only one
2program.
SB226, s. 19 3Section 19. Nonstatutory provisions.
SB226,10,64 (1) Sporting recruitment and retention council; initial study requirements.
5Before June 30, 2014, the sporting recruitment and retention council shall study
6each of the following:
SB226,10,87 (a) Options and recommendations for increasing access to private land for
8hunting and trapping, especially in all of the following areas of this state:
SB226,10,9 91. Areas with a high population density.
SB226,10,1110 2. Areas with a percentage of land open for public hunting that is lower than
11the statewide average.
SB226,10,1312 (b) Options and recommendations for simplifying hunting and trapping rules
13promulgated by the department of natural resources.
SB226,10,2114 (2) Sporting recruitment and retention council; initial membership.
15Notwithstanding the length of terms specified for the appointed members of the
16sporting recruitment and retention council under section 15.347 (21) (b) of the
17statutes, as created by this act, 4 of the initial members shall be appointed for terms
18expiring on July 1, 2013, 4 of the initial members shall be appointed for terms
19expiring on July 1, 2014, 4 of the initial members shall be appointed for terms
20expiring on July 1, 2015, and 2 of the initial members shall be appointed for terms
21expiring on July 1, 2016.
SB226, s. 20 22Section 20. Initial applicability.
SB226,10,2423 (1) The treatment of section 23.0917 (8) (f) and (g) of the statutes first applies
24to land acquired and grants awarded on the effective date of this subsection.
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1(2) The treatment of section 120.12 (26) of the statutes first applies to courses
2of instruction taken in the hunter education program or bow hunter education
3program under section 29.591 of the statutes or the trapper education program
4under section 29.597 of the statutes during the first school year beginning after the
5effective date of this subsection.
SB226, s. 21 6Section 21. Effective dates. This act takes effect on the day after publication,
7except as follows:
SB226,11,98 (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), the treatment of sections 29.084 and
929.563 (2) (intro.) and (2t) of the statutes takes effect on March 1, 2011.
SB226,11,1210 (2) If this subsection takes effect after October 31, 2011, the treatment of
11sections 29.084 and 29.563 (2) (intro.) and (2t) of the statutes takes effect on March
121, 2013.
SB226,11,1313 (End)
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