2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
January 24, 2014 - Introduced by Representatives Krug and Bies, cosponsored by
Senator Lassa. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting
AB659,1,3 1An Act to amend 95.55 (5) (bg) 3.; and to create 95.55 (5) (bj) of the statutes;
2relating to: acreage requirements for areas in which farm-raised deer that
3may be hunted are kept.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection administers
the laws that regulate farm-raised deer of any species and that require the
registration of owners of farmed-raised deer. Under current law, an owner of a deer
farm may charge a fee for hunting deer on the farm only if the deer to be hunted are
confined in a contiguous area of 80 acres or more. Current law provides an exemption
to this requirement if the deer farm had a deer farm license issued by the Department
of Natural Resources (DNR) under previous law that was in effect on December 30,
2002, if the contiguous area is not smaller than the area authorized under the DNR
license, and if other requirements are met. This bill expands this exemption to
include areas that are less than 80 acres but that are part of a deer farm that is larger
than 80 acres if the area that is less than 80 acres is not smaller than it was on
December 31, 2002.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB659,1 4Section 1. 95.55 (5) (bg) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
195.55 (5) (bg) 3. The deer are confined in an area that is not less smaller than
2the acreage subject to the deer farm license on December 31, 2002 or are confined in
3a smaller fenced area that is located within the acreage subject to the license and that
4is not smaller than it was on December 31, 2002
AB659,2 5Section 2. 95.55 (5) (bj) of the statutes is created to read:
AB659,2,86 95.55 (5) (bj) In reviewing evidence under par. (bg) 5., the department shall
7consider oral statements or sworn affidavits in determining whether the deer farm
8meets the requirement under par. (bg) 3.
AB659,2,99 (End)