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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
November 14, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Kleefisch, Milroy, Mursau,
Crowley, Horlacher, Thiesfeldt, Tittl and Bowen, cosponsored by Senator
Moulton. Referred to Committee on Environment and Forestry.
AB649,1,9 1An Act to amend 29.091 (1), 29.161 (2), 29.164 (2) (b), 29.173 (2) (a), 29.182 (3)
2(a), 29.182 (3) (b), 29.184 (3) (c), 29.185 (6) (a) 1., 29.185 (6) (b), 29.193 (2) (d),
329.204 (2), 29.207 (2), 29.211 (2), 29.213 (2), 29.304 (title), 29.304 (1) (a), 29.304
4(1) (b), 29.304 (2) (b) (intro.), 29.304 (2) (b) 2., 29.304 (3) (b) (intro.), 29.304 (3)
5(b) 2., 29.304 (5) (a), 29.304 (5) (b) 2., 29.312 (2), 29.314 (3) (a), 29.314 (3) (b) 4.,
629.314 (4) (a), 29.324 (1) (b), 29.324 (1) (c), 29.592 (1) (intro.), 29.592 (3) and
729.621 (4) (intro.); and to create 29.001 (5), 29.001 (41s) and 29.014 (1s) of the
8statutes; relating to: hunting with a high-powered air rifle or an airbow and
9providing a criminal penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under this bill, a person may hunt an animal with a high-powered air rifle or
an airbow in a season open to hunting that animal with a firearm. The bill defines
“high-powered air rifle” as a weapon originally manufactured to expel a projectile
at a speed of not less than 1,000 feet per second by the expansion of compressed air.
The bill defines “airbow” as a weapon originally manufactured to fire an arrow by the
expansion of compressed air.
Under current law, the Department of Natural Resources is authorized to
establish open and closed seasons for the hunting of wild animals. DNR issues

hunting licenses that authorize the hunting of specified animals and those licenses
specify the type of weapon that may be used when hunting under those licenses.
Under the bill, if DNR establishes an open season for hunting an animal with
a firearm, the season must also be open for hunting that animal with a high-powered
air rifle or an airbow. The bill also provides that each license that currently
authorizes the hunting of an animal with a firearm also authorizes the hunting of
that animal with a high-powered air rifle or an airbow.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB649,1 1Section 1. 29.001 (5) of the statutes is created to read:
AB649,2,32 29.001 (5) “Airbow” means a weapon originally manufactured to fire an arrow
3by the expansion of compressed air, but does not include an airgun.
AB649,2 4Section 2. 29.001 (41s) of the statutes is created to read:
AB649,2,75 29.001 (41s) “High-powered air rifle” means a weapon originally
6manufactured to expel a projectile at a speed of not less than 1,000 feet per second
7by the expansion of compressed air, but does not include an airgun.
AB649,3 8Section 3. 29.014 (1s) of the statutes is created to read:
AB649,2,119 29.014 (1s) If the department establishes an open season for hunting an animal
10with a firearm, the season shall also be open for hunting that animal with a
11high-powered air rifle or an airbow.
AB649,4 12Section 4. 29.091 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,3,313 29.091 (1) No person may hunt or trap within any wildlife refuge established
14under s. 23.09 (2) (b) or 29.621 (1), or, except as provided in sub. (2), have possession
15or control of any gun, firearm, high-powered air rifle, airbow, bow, or crossbow unless
16the gun or, firearm, high-powered air rifle, or airbow is unloaded, the bow or
17crossbow is unstrung, and the gun, firearm, high-powered air rifle, airbow, bow, or
18crossbow is enclosed within a carrying case. The taking of predatory game birds and

1animals shall be done as the department directs. All state wildlife refuge boundary
2lines shall be marked by posts placed at intervals of not over 500 feet and bearing
3signs with the words “Wisconsin Wildlife Refuge".
AB649,5 4Section 5. 29.161 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,3,65 29.161 (2) A resident small game hunting license authorizes hunting with a
6firearm, airgun, high-powered air rifle, airbow, bow and arrow, or crossbow.
AB649,6 7Section 6. 29.164 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,3,108 29.164 (2) (b) Type of hunting authorized. A license issued under this section
9authorizes hunting with a firearm, high-powered air rifle, airbow, bow and arrow,
10or crossbow.
AB649,7 11Section 7. 29.173 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,3,1312 29.173 (2) (a) A resident deer hunting license authorizes the hunting of deer
13with a firearm, high-powered air rifle, airbow, bow and arrow, or crossbow.
AB649,8 14Section 8. 29.182 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,3,1715 29.182 (3) (a) A resident elk hunting license authorizes a resident of this state
16to hunt elk with a firearm, high-powered air rifle, airbow, bow and arrow, or
17crossbow.
AB649,9 18Section 9. 29.182 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,3,2119 29.182 (3) (b) A nonresident elk hunting license authorizes a nonresident of
20this state to hunt elk with a firearm, high-powered air rifle, airbow, bow and arrow,
21or crossbow.
AB649,10 22Section 10. 29.184 (3) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,3,2423 29.184 (3) (c) Type of hunting authorized. A Class A bear license authorizes
24hunting with a firearm, high-powered air rifle, airbow, bow and arrow, or crossbow.
AB649,11 25Section 11. 29.185 (6) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,4,2
129.185 (6) (a) 1. A firearm or a high-powered air rifle, as authorized under par.
2(b), an airbow, a bow and arrow, or a crossbow.
AB649,12 3Section 12. 29.185 (6) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,4,84 29.185 (6) (b) Firearms and ammunition. A wolf harvesting license authorizes
5hunting with a rifle, a muzzle-loading firearm, a handgun, a shotgun that fires slugs
6or shotshells, a high-powered air rifle, and any other firearm that is loaded with a
7single slug or ball. A wolf harvesting license authorizes hunting with shot that is
8larger than size BB.
AB649,13 9Section 13. 29.193 (2) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,4,1610 29.193 (2) (d) 1. A holder of a Class A or Class B permit may be accompanied
11by a person who is not eligible to apply for a Class A or Class B permit. The
12accompanying person may not hunt or carry a firearm, high-powered air rifle,
13airbow,
bow, or crossbow unless that person has been issued the appropriate
14approval to do so. The assistance rendered by an accompanying person who has not
15been issued the appropriate approval is limited to field dressing, tagging, and
16retrieving game for the permit holder.
AB649,4,2317 2. A holder of a Class C permit shall be accompanied by a person who is not
18eligible to apply for a permit under this section. The accompanying person may not
19hunt or carry a firearm, high-powered air rifle, airbow, bow, or crossbow unless the
20person has been issued the appropriate approval to do so. The assistance rendered
21by an accompanying person may include sighting the firearm, high-powered air
22rifle, airbow,
bow, or crossbow, identifying the game, and field dressing, tagging, and
23retrieving game for the permit holder.
AB649,5,724 3. A holder of a Class D permit may use an adaptive device, as authorized by
25the department by rule, to facilitate the use of a firearm and may be accompanied

1by a person who is not eligible to apply for a permit under this section. The
2accompanying person may not hunt or carry a firearm, high-powered air rifle,
3airbow,
bow, or crossbow unless that person has been issued the appropriate
4approval to do so. The assistance rendered by an accompanying person who has not
5been issued the appropriate approval is limited to field dressing, tagging, and
6retrieving game for the permit holder and any other assistance authorized by the
7department by rule.
AB649,14 8Section 14. 29.204 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,5,119 29.204 (2) A nonresident annual small game hunting license authorizes
10hunting with a firearm, high-powered air rifle, airgun, airbow, bow and arrow, or
11crossbow.
AB649,15 12Section 15. 29.207 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,5,1413 29.207 (2) A nonresident 5-day small game hunting license authorizes hunting
14with a firearm, high-powered air rifle, airgun, airbow, bow and arrow, or crossbow.
AB649,16 15Section 16. 29.211 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,5,1816 29.211 (2) Authorization. A nonresident deer hunting license authorizes the
17hunting of deer with a firearm, high-powered air rifle, airbow, bow and arrow, or
18crossbow.
AB649,17 19Section 17. 29.213 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,5,2220 29.213 (2) A nonresident fur-bearing animal hunting license authorizes
21hunting with a firearm, high-powered air rifle, airgun, airbow, bow and arrow, or
22crossbow.
AB649,18 23Section 18. 29.304 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB649,5,25 2429.304 (title) Restrictions on hunting and use of firearms,
25high-powered air rifles, and airbows
by persons under 16 years of age.
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