2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
February 12, 2013 - Introduced by Senators Erpenbach, Miller,
Risser and T.
Cullen, cosponsored by Representatives C. Taylor, Hebl, Sargent, Berceau,
Pope, Richards and Hulsey. Referred to Natural Resources.
1An Act to repeal
29.089 (1m); to amend
29.089 (title), 29.089 (1) and 29.089 (2) 2
(intro.); and to create
29.089 (3) of the statutes; relating to: hunting, fishing,
3and trapping on land in state parks.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law requires, with certain exceptions, that state parks be open to
hunting, fishing, and trapping by persons who hold the appropriate hunting, fishing,
or trapping license, permit, or other approval. One of the exceptions to this general
requirement provides that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may
prohibit hunting, fishing, or trapping in a state park within 100 yards of a designated
use area. DNR may also prohibit hunting, fishing, or trapping in a state park if the
Natural Resources Board determines that the prohibition is necessary to protect
public safety or to protect a unique animal or plant community.
This bill generally eliminates the requirement that state parks be open to
hunting, fishing, and trapping. The bill prohibits a person from hunting in a state
park unless the person is hunting deer, elk, wild turkeys, or small game in the state
park and DNR has promulgated a rule that authorizes the hunting of that type of
game in the state park. The bill also prohibits a person from trapping in state parks.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
29.089 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
(title) Hunting, fishing, and trapping on land in state parks and
3state fish hatcheries.
29.089 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
29.089 (1) No Except as provided in sub. (3), no
person may hunt or trap on land 6
located in state parks or
state fish hatcheries.
29.089 (1m) of the statutes is repealed.
29.089 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(intro.) No Except as provided in sub. (3), no
person may have in his 10
or her possession or under his or her control a firearm on land located in state fish 11
hatcheries unless the firearm is unloaded and enclosed within a carrying case. This 12
subsection does not apply to any of the following:
29.089 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
A person may hunt deer, elk, wild turkeys, or small game in a state 15
park, or in a portion of a state park, if the department has authorized by rule the 16
hunting of that type of game in the state park, or in the portion of the state park, and, 17
except as provided in s. 29.063 (5), if the person holds the approvals required under 18
this chapter for hunting that type of game.