2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
May 16, 2013 - Introduced by Senators Farrow,
L. Taylor, Lassa, Petrowski,
Schultz, Tiffany, Lehman, Olsen and Hansen, cosponsored by
Representatives Czaja, Danou, A. Ott, August, Ballweg, Bewley, Born,
Brooks, Endsley, Hesselbein, Jacque, Jagler, Kleefisch, Kuglitsch, T.
Larson, Milroy, Murphy, Mursau, Murtha, Petryk, Smith, Spiros,
Strachota, Swearingen, Tittl, Tranel, Vruwink, Wright and Tauchen.
Referred to Natural Resources.
1An Act to repeal
29.171 (2m), 29.171 (4) (a), 29.171 (4) (c) and 29.216 (2m); to
2renumber and amend
29.171 (3), 29.193 (1m) (a), 29.193 (2) (cr) 2. and 29.216 3
(3); to amend
29.014 (1m) (b), 29.024 (9), 29.171 (2), 29.185 (2) (b), 29.216 (2), 4
29.563 (6m), 29.563 (12) (a) 2. and 29.592 (3); and to create
29.171 (3) (b), 5
29.172, 29.193 (1m) (a) 1., 29.193 (1m) (a) 2., 29.216 (3) (b), 29.217, 29.235 (2) 6
(dm), 29.235 (2m) (dm), 29.563 (2) (a) 8r., 29.563 (2) (b) 6m. and 29.563 (2g) of 7
the statutes; relating to: the authority to hunt certain animals with a
8crossbow, establishing open seasons for hunting with a crossbow, and
9information required to be included on certain hunting license applications and
10certain hunting tags.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issues hunting
licenses and establishes open hunting seasons that allow the hunting of specified
game animals. Among the licenses that DNR issues are resident and nonresident
archer hunting licenses. An archer hunting license allows the holder to hunt all
game, except bear, elk, and wild turkey, with a bow and arrow during the relevant
open season established by DNR. An archer hunting license allows a person to hunt
only with a bow and arrow and not with a crossbow unless the person is disabled and
holds a permit from DNR that authorizes the use of a crossbow or unless the person
is at least 65 years old. This bill eliminates the age and disability requirements for
using a crossbow. Instead, the bill establishes a new resident crossbow hunting
license and a new nonresident crossbow hunting license.
The crossbow hunting licenses established in this bill allow a license holder to
use a crossbow to hunt the same game animals that may be hunted under current
law with an archer hunting license. The bill also allows the holder of an archer
hunting license to obtain a crossbow hunting license at a substantially reduced fee
and allows the holder of a crossbow hunting license to obtain an archer hunting
license at a substantially reduced fee. As with other hunting licenses under current
law, a person may not obtain a crossbow hunting license unless the person completes
a course of instruction in hunter education or bow hunter education.
The bill also requires a person who applies for a deer hunting license to indicate
on the license application whether the applicant intends to use a bow and arrow or
a crossbow to hunt deer under the authority of that license.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
29.014 (1m) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) If the department establishes an open season for hunting deer, 3
elk, small game, wild turkey, or bear with a bow and arrow but not with a firearm, 4
the department may not shall also
open that season for hunting with a crossbow 5except by a person who has attained the age of 65 or by a person who is authorized
6to hunt with a crossbow by a permit issued under s. 29.171 (4) (a) or 29.193 (2)
29.024 (9) of the statutes is amended to read:
29.024 (9) Tags.
The department shall provide all tags required under this 9
chapter and shall specify their form and numbering. If the department requires a
10person who kills a game animal to attach a tag to the carcass of that animal, the
11person shall specify on the tag the type of weapon used to kill the animal.
29.171 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
A resident archer hunting license authorizes the hunting of all 2
game, except bear, elk, and wild turkey, during the open seasons established by the
for hunting that game with bow and arrow established by the
4department. This license authorizes hunting with a bow and arrow only, unless
5hunting with a crossbow is authorized by a Class A, Class B, or Class C permit issued
6under s. 29.193 (2) or a permit issued under sub. (4)
29.171 (2m) of the statutes is repealed.
29.171 (3) of the statutes is renumbered 29.171 (3) (a) and amended 9
(a) The Except as provided under par. (b), the
department shall issue 11
to each person who is issued a resident archer hunting license a deer tag and a back 12
29.171 (3) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) The department may not issue a deer tag or back tag to a person 15
who is issued a resident archer hunting license at the reduced fee under s. 29.563 16
29.171 (4) (a) of the statutes is repealed.
29.171 (4) (c) of the statutes is repealed.
29.172 of the statutes is created to read:
2029.172 Resident crossbow hunting license. (1)
A resident crossbow 21
hunting license shall be issued subject to ss. 29.024 and 54.25 (2) (c) 1. d. by the 22
department to any resident applying for this license.
A resident crossbow hunting license authorizes the hunting of all game, 24
except bear, elk, and wild turkey, during the open seasons for hunting that game with
a crossbow established by the department. This license authorizes hunting with a 2
(a) Except as provided under par. (b), the department shall issue to each 4
person who is issued a resident crossbow hunting license a deer tag and a back tag.
(b) The department may not issue a deer tag or back tag to a person who is 6
issued a resident crossbow hunting license at the reduced fee under s. 29.563 (2g).
29.185 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Resident archer Archer licenses, crossbow licenses, and trapping
Notwithstanding ss. 29.171 (2), 29.172 (2),
29.216 (2), 29.217 (2),
and 29.241 10
(3), a resident archer hunting license, a nonresident archer hunting license, a
11resident crossbow hunting license, a nonresident crossbow hunting license,
or a 12
trapping license does not authorize the hunting or trapping of wolves.
29.193 (1m) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 29.193 (1m) (a) 14
(intro.) and amended to read:
(a) The department shall, after an investigation and without 16
charging a fee, issue a trolling permit to any person who meets the any of the
requirements under s. 29.171 (4) (a) 2. or 4.:
29.193 (1m) (a) 1. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 1. Has an amputation or other loss of one or more arms above 20
29.193 (1m) (a) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 2. Has a permanent substantial loss of function in one or both 23
arms or one or both hands and fails to meet the minimum standards of any one of the 24
following standard tests, administered under the direction of a licensed physician or 25
a licensed chiropractor:
a. Upper extremity pinch.
c. Nine-hole peg.
29.193 (2) (cr) 2. of the statutes is renumbered 29.193 (2) (cr) 2. 5
(intro.) and amended to read:
(cr) 2. (intro.) A Class A permit authorizes the holder to shoot do all
7of the following:
or hunt from a stationary vehicle, to fish.
or troll as authorized under sub. (1m) (b)
and to hunt certain game with
10a crossbow as authorized under ss. 29.171 (2) and 29.216 (2)
29.216 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
The nonresident archer hunting license authorizes the hunting of 13
all game, except bear, elk, wild turkey, and fur-bearing animals, during the open 14
season for the hunting of that game with a bow and arrow. This license authorizes
15hunting with a bow and arrow only unless hunting with a crossbow is authorized by
16a Class A, Class B, or Class C permit issued under s. 29.193 (2)
29.216 (2m) of the statutes is repealed.