2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
November 1, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives Jacque, Weininger, Born,
Hebl, Kahl, Kleefisch, T. Larson, Marklein, Murphy, Murtha, Petryk,
Pridemore, Spiros, Tittl and Wright, cosponsored by Senators Grothman,
Lassa and Shilling. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources and
1An Act to amend
29.024 (2) (d); and to create
29.184 (6m) of the statutes; 2relating to: transfer of Class A bear licenses to persons awarded the Purple
3Heart or serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issues two
types of bear hunting licenses. The Class A bear license allows the license holder to
shoot and kill bear. The Class B bear license allows the license holder to assist a Class
A bear license holder in pursuing bear, to bait bear, and to train dogs to pursue bear,
but, except under very limited circumstances, it does not allow the license holder to
actually shoot or kill bear. DNR administers a cumulative preference system for
issuing Class A bear licenses if the number of applicants for the licenses exceeds the
number of licenses available. The more preference points an applicant has, the
higher the priority he or she is given in the issuance of the Class A bear license.
This bill allows a person who is issued a Class A bear license to transfer that
license to a person who was awarded a Purple Heart or to a person who is serving
on active duty in the U.S. armed forces (service member). The bill provides that a
Purple Heart recipient or service member may be the transferee of a Class A bear
license only once during his or her lifetime. The transfer of a license to a Purple Heart
recipient or service member does not affect the number of preference points the
transferee may have previously acquired under the cumulative preference system.
The bill allows both residents and nonresidents to transfer Class A bear licenses and
allows both residents and nonresident to be the transferees. No fee in addition to the
original fee paid by the transferor of the license is required except that, if a resident
transfers a license to a nonresident, the resident must pay a fee equal to the
difference between the fees for the nonresident and resident license. There is no
rebate of the fee if a nonresident transfers a license to a resident.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
29.024 (2) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
(d) Except as provided under s. 29.179, 29.180, 29.182 (4), 29.184
29.185 (4), or 29.519 (2) (d) or by rule, no person may transfer his or her 4
approval or permit the use of any approval by any other person.
29.184 (6m) of the statutes is created to read:
29.184 (6m) Transfer of Class A bear licenses.
(a) In this subsection, "service 7
member" means a person who is serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces.
(b) Upon application by a holder of a Class A bear license to transfer the license 9
to a person awarded the Purple Heart or to a service member, and upon the payment 10
of any fee required under par. (c), the department shall transfer the license to the 11
person awarded the Purple Heart or the service member if the application is made 12
no later than 15 days immediately preceding the open season for the hunting of bear 13
to which the license applies and if the person awarded the Purple Heart or the service 14
member has not been previously transferred a license under this subsection.
(c) If the holder of a Class A bear license is a resident and the holder applies 16
to transfer the license to a nonresident, the holder shall pay, at the time of 17
application, the difference between the fee for a Class A bear license to a resident and 18
the fee for a Class A bear license to a nonresident.
(d) Notwithstanding sub. (6) (b), a person who is transferred a Class A bear 2
license under this subsection shall retain all preference points that he or she has 3
(e) A holder of a Class A bear license being transferred under this subsection 5
may not receive any consideration for the transfer of the license.