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NR 10.085 NR 10.085Tagging and registration of game.
NR 10.085(1)(1)Requirements for the tagging and registration of game in this section apply to all of the following species, except that subs. (6), (6m), (7), and (8) also apply to deer; subs. (6), (6m), and (8) also apply to turkey; and subs. (6) and (8) also apply to otter:
NR 10.085(1)(a) (a) Bear.
NR 10.085(1)(b) (b) Elk.
NR 10.085(1)(c) (c) Sharp-tailed grouse.
NR 10.085(1)(e) (e) Bobcat.
NR 10.085(1)(f) (f) Fisher.
NR 10.085(1)(h) (h) Wolf.
NR 10.085 Note Note: The department lacks authority to issue wolf carcass tags while the wolf is listed on the federal endangered list or the state endangered list. See s. 29.185, Stats.
NR 10.085(2) (2)Validation. Any person who kills any of the species identified in this section shall immediately validate the carcass tag by separating a designated portion of the tag or by marking it as designated by the department on the tag. Failure to completely validate the carcass tag renders possession of the animal illegal and the carcass tag invalid.
NR 10.085(3) (3)Display. No person may refuse or fail to display a validated carcass tag or registration verification number to the department or its wardens upon request.
NR 10.085(4) (4)Attachment.
NR 10.085(4)(a) (a) No person who kills any of the species identified in this section may leave the carcass unless the tag has been attached to the carcass.
NR 10.085 Note Note: Tags may be attached using string, plastic ties, wire or in any manner which results in the tag being secured to the carcass in a visible manner. Carcass tags may be protected from environmental elements in sealed clear plastic bags.
NR 10.085(4)(b) (b) The pelt tag shall be attached to a bobcat, fisher, or wolf when it is killed and before it is carried by hand or transported in any manner. Failure to attach the pelt tag invalidates the permit. The pelt and registration tag shall remain attached to the pelt until removed by a fur dresser or taxidermist at time of preparation.
NR 10.085(5) (5)Removal and retention. A carcass tag attached as required in this section may be removed from the carcass at the time of butchering or when prepared by a taxidermist, but the person who killed or obtained the animal shall retain all tags until the meat is consumed. The validated carcass tag shall be retained by the person who possesses the carcass until it is consumed.
NR 10.085(6) (6)Registration. No person who kills any of the following species may fail to register the animal as follows:
NR 10.085(6)(a) (a) Deer, bear, elk, wild turkey, and sharp-tailed grouse shall be registered no later than 5:00 p.m. of the day after the animal was recovered using a telephone, internet, or other harvest registration system established by the department except when exhibition of elk, deer, or bear is required under sub. (7).
NR 10.085(6)(b) (b) Registration of deer, bear, or elk shall occur before the animal is moved from the county of kill or an adjoining county.
NR 10.085(6)(c) (c) Each person who has killed a bobcat, fisher, otter, or wolf shall:
NR 10.085(6)(c)1. 1. Exhibit the pelt, separated from the rest of the carcass, to an authorized department representative no later than 7 days after the month of harvest. Persons who intend to have a bobcat, fisher, otter, or wolf mounted by a taxidermist may exhibit the bobcat, fisher, otter, or wolf to the department for registration in whole carcass condition without separating the pelt, but shall surrender the skinned carcass to the department within 30 days after registration.
NR 10.085(6)(c)2. 2. Allow inspection of the carcass and pelt, and attachment of a registration tag to the head portion of the pelt of all lawfully taken and possessed bobcat, fisher, otter, or wolf.
NR 10.085(6)(c)3. 3. Provide the skinned carcass to the department as required by the department.
NR 10.085(6m) (6m) Registration prohibition. No person may register any game under the authority of an issued harvest authorization or tag unless the reported harvest authorization or tag was the approval that authorized the harvest. Providing false information to the department during registration and obtaining a registration confirmation number approval is a violation of s. 29.961, Stats. Any harvest authorization or tag submitted to the registration system is considered filled and is no longer valid, regardless of whether such authorization or tag was actually the approval that authorized the harvest.
NR 10.085(7) (7)Registration of certain elk, deer and bear. The department may require that an elk be exhibited and registered at registration stations designated by the department no later than 5:00 p.m. of the day after it was recovered. The department may require that any deer or bear harvested in an area affected by CWD, tuberculosis, or where there are other serious infections disease threats, or area where samples are needed for department research purposes, shall be exhibited and registered at registration stations designated by the department no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third day after it was recovered, or by 5:00 p.m. on the day after the close of the season during which it was recovered, as described in s. NR 10.01 (3), whichever is earlier, unless otherwise authorized by the department. No person shall fail to exhibit the carcass of a deer, bear or elk at a registration location specified by the department when required under this subsection.
NR 10.085(8) (8)Research. The department may require that any part of animal subject to registration under this section shall be collected, sampled, or submitted to the department for research purposes. No person may fail to comply with any collection, sampling, or submission procedure required by the department.
NR 10.085 Note Note: In addition to registering harvested animals, the department also requires reporting of bobcat, fisher, otter, or wolf harvest. Additional information on bobcat, fisher, and otter harvest in s. NR 10.145.
NR 10.085 History History: EmR1613: emerg. cr., eff. 3-12-16; EmR1712: emerg. am. (2), (5), r. (6) (b), eff. 6-17-17; CR 17-061: cr. Register February 2018 No. 746, eff. 3-1-18; correction in (intro.) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register February 2018 No. 746, eff. 3-1-18; EmR1902: emerg. am. (intro.), r. (1) (d), am. (6) (c) 1., cr. (6m) eff. 1-18-19; CR 19-005: am. (intro.), r. (1) (d), am. (6) (c) 1., cr. (6m) Register September 2019 No. 765, eff. 10-1-19; correction in (intro.), (6m) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register September 2019 No. 765; EmR1902: emerg. am. (intro.), eff. 1-18-19; CR 19-017: am. (intro.), r. (1) (g), am. (4) (b) Register January 2020 No. 769, eff. 5-1-20; renum. (intro.) to (1) (intro.) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., r. (1) (title) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 2., Stats., and, as renumbered, correction in (1) (intro.) made under s. 35.17, Stats., and correction in (4) (b), (6) (c) 1., (7) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register January 2020 No. 769.
NR 10.09 NR 10.09 Weapons and ammunition.
NR 10.09(1)(1)Weapons. No person may:
NR 10.09(1)(a) (a) Hunt with any means other than a rifle, shotgun, handgun, bow and arrow, crossbow, or falconry.
NR 10.09(1)(b) (b) Hunt with a machine gun or other fully automatic weapon.
NR 10.09(1)(c) (c) Hunt a game bird with or while in possession of a shotgun larger than 10 gauge.
NR 10.09(1)(d) (d) Hunt a deer during a muzzleloader-only hunt, such as described in s. NR 10.01 (3) (es), with any gun other than a rifle, shotgun, or handgun that is a firearm with a solid breech plug attached with threads and capable of being loaded only from the muzzle.
NR 10.09(1)(e) (e) Hunt a migratory bird with any shotgun capable of holding more than 3 shells unless the magazine has been cut off or plugged with a one-piece filler that cannot be removed without disassembling the gun and which reduces the capacity of the gun to not more than 3 shells at one time in the magazine and chamber combined.
NR 10.09(2) (2)Ammunition. No person may:
NR 10.09(2)(a) (a) Use, possess, or have under control of any of the following while hunting:
NR 10.09(2)(a)1. 1. Shot shells containing shot larger than T.
NR 10.09(2)(a)2. 2. Any tracer or incendiary ammunition that is not a distress flare.
NR 10.09(2)(a)3. 3. Any bullet, arrow, or bolt that is designed or modified to explode or deliver poisons or drugs.
NR 10.09(2)(b) (b) Hunt a game bird with any ammunition other than an arrow, bolt, or shot shell that consists of more than one projectile.
NR 10.09(2)(c) (c) Hunt a deer, bear, or elk with any ammunition other than an arrow, bolt, or bullet that is a single projectile of an expanding design.
NR 10.09(2)(d) (d) Do any of the following while hunting waterfowl, snipe, rails, moorhens, or coot within any areas of the state, or mourning doves on lands which are under the management, supervision and control of the department:
NR 10.09(2)(d)1. 1. Take, catch, kill or pursue waterfowl, mourning doves, snipe, rails, moorhens, or coot with any shot, either in shot shells or as loose shot for muzzle-loading, other than non-toxic shot.
NR 10.09(2)(d)2. 2. Possess any shot shell or muzzle-loading firearm loaded with any material other than non-toxic shot.
NR 10.09(3) (3)Reasonable equipment. No person may hunt with any weapon or ammunition that is of inherent design, or used in such a manner, as to not be reasonably capable of reducing a target wild animal to possession. The following are prima facie reasonable equipment:
NR 10.09(3)(a) (a) A firearm with a caliber of at least .22.
NR 10.09(3)(b) (b) A bow with a minimum draw weight of 30 pounds.
NR 10.09(3)(c) (c) A crossbow with a minimum draw weight of 100 pounds.
NR 10.09(3)(d) (d) A raptor, as defined in s. NR 18.01 (10).
NR 10.09(3)(e) (e) Commercially manufactured or similar hand-loaded or re-loaded ammunition.
NR 10.09(3)(f) (f) An arrow or bolt with a sharpened broad-head blade.
NR 10.09 History History: 1-2-56; am. (6), Register, August, 1956, No. 8, eff. 9-1-56; am. (3), (4), (5), (6), Register, August, 1957, No. 20, eff. 9-1-57; am (4) and (5), Register, August, 1958, No. 32, eff. 9-1-58; r. and recr. (4), (5), (6), and r. (7), Register, August, 1959, No. 44, eff. 9-1-59; am. (2), Register, August, 1960, No. 56, eff. 9-1-60; am. (2), Register, August, 1961, No. 68, eff. 9-1-61; r. (1); am. (3); r. and recr. (5), Register, August, 1963, No. 92, eff. 9-1-63; am. (3), Register, August, 1966, No. 128, eff. 9-1-66; renum. to be NR 10.09; am. (6), Register, June, 1970, No. 174, eff. 7-1-70; am. (4) and (5), Register, August, 1973, No. 212, eff. 9-1-73; am. (4), Register, August, 1975, No. 236, eff. 9-1-75; am. (6), Register, May, 1976, No. 245, eff. 8-15-76; r. and recr. (4), Register, May, 1978, No. 269, eff. 6-1-78; r. and recr., Register, August, 1979, No. 284, eff. 9-1-79; r. and recr. (1) (c), Register, April, 1982, No. 316, eff. 5-1-82; cr. (1) (c) 2. and 3. and (3), Register, September, 1983, No. 333, eff. 10-1-83; am. (1) (a) 2. and (c) 1. a., Register, September, 1985, No. 357, eff. 10-1-85; emerg. r. and recr. (1) (a) 2., eff. 9-25-87; am. (1) (c) 1. c., Register, October, 1987, No. 382, eff. 1-1-88; r. and recr. (1) (a) 2., Register, December, 1987, No. 384, eff. 1-1-88; r. (3) (a), Register, October, 1988, No. 394, eff. 1-1-89; am. (1) (a) 2. and (c) 1. c., Register, October, 1989, No. 406, eff. 11-1-89; am. (1) (c) 2. and cr. (1) (d), Register, July, 1990, No. 415, eff. 8-1-90; r. and recr. (1) (a) 3., Register, October, 1990, No. 418, eff. 11-1-90; am. (1) (c) 1. a., Register, August, 1991, No. 428, eff. 9-1-91; am. (2) (c), Register, August, 1994, No. 464, eff. 9-1-94; emerg. cr. (2) (d), eff. 8-12-96; am. (1) (c) 1. b., Register, August, 1996, No. 488, eff. 9-1-96; am. (1) (c) 1. a., Register, June, 1997, No. 498, eff. 7-1-97; emerg. cr. (2) (d), eff. 10-1-98; am. (1) (a) 3. b., Register, September, 1998, No. 513, eff. 10-1-98; cr. (1) (e), Register, September, 1998, No. 513, eff. 3-1-99; emerg. cr. (2) (d), eff. 8-4-00; am. (1) (c) 1. c., Register, September, 2000, No. 537, eff. 11-18-00;CR 00-154: am. (1) (a) 2., Register January 2002 No. 553, eff. 2-1-02; CR 03-015: am. (1) (a) 3. b., (c) 1. d. and 3., (2) (intro.) and (3) (b) Register July 2003 No. 571, eff. 8-1-03; CR 03-016: am. (1) (a) 2., (c) 3., and (2) (intro.) Register August 2003 No. 572, eff. 9-1-03; CR 03-018: am. (1) (a) 1. and (e) Register November 2003 No. 575, eff. 1-1-04; CR 04-020: am. (1) (c) 3. Register August 2004 No. 584, eff. 9-1-04; CR 04-046: am. (1) (a) 2., (c) 1. b., d. and 2. Register September 2004 No. 585, eff. 10-1-04; CR 05-031: am. (1) (a) 3. a. and (1) (c) 2. and 3., renum. (1) (c) 1. d. to be (1) (c) 1. e. and am., cr. (1) (c) 1. d. Register October 2005 No. 598, eff. 11-1-05; CR 07-015: am. (1) (a) 1., r. and recr. (1) (a) 2. Register September 2007 No. 621, eff. 2-1-08; CR 08-021: am. (3) (b) Register November 2008 No. 635, eff. 12-1-08; correction in (1) (a) 2. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635; CR 09-015: am. (1) (c) 1. (intro.) Register October 2009 No. 646, eff. 2-1-10; CR 09-024: am. (1) (c) 2. and (2) Register May 2010 No. 653, eff. 6-1-10; CR 10-020: am. (1) (c) 1. a. Register October 2010 No. 658, eff. 11-1-10; CR 10-051: am. (1) (c) 2. Register December 2010 No. 660, eff. 1-1-11; CR 13-021: r. (1) (c) 3. Register October 2013 No. 694, eff. 11-1-13; correction in (1) (c) 1. e. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register March 2014 No. 699; EmR1420: emerg. am. (1) (c) 1. (intro.), r. (1) (c) 1. e., am. (3), eff. 9-12-14; CR 13-071: am. (1) (c) 1. (intro.), r. (1) (c) 1. e., (2), am. (3) Register July 2015 No. 715, eff. 8-1-15; CR 19-017: am. (1) (c) 1. b., c., d. Register January 2020 No. 769, eff. 2-1-20; CR 19-146: r. and recr. Register June 2020 No. 774, eff. 7-1-20.
NR 10.10 NR 10.10 Deer and bear hunting.
NR 10.10(1)(1)Hunting with dogs prohibited. No person may hunt deer or bear with the aid of dogs, except that dogs may be used for hunting bear during the season established in s. NR 10.01 (3) (g) 1. in black bear hunting zones A, B and D as described in s. NR 10.30.
NR 10.10(2) (2)Illegal game. Any deer killed during the open season for hunting deer with bow and arrow or crossbow only or that is killed under the authority of an archer or crossbow license and showing evidence that it was shot with a firearm shall be an illegal game animal and no person may have such animal in possession.
NR 10.10 History History: 1-2-56; am. (2), Register, August, 1963, No. 92, eff. 9-1-63; am. (2), Register, August, 1966, No. 128, eff. 9-1-66; renum. to be NR 10.10, Register, June, 1970, No. 174, eff. 7-1-70; r. and recr. Register, August, 1972, No. 200, eff. 9-1-72; emerg. am. (2), and cr. (6) to (11), eff. 8-2-74; am. (2), cr. (6) to (11), Register, December, 1974, No. 228. eff. 1-1-75; am. (7) and r. (9), Register, May, 1976, No. 245, eff. 8-15-76; am. (1), (7) and (8), r. (5) and (6), Register, May, 1977, No. 257, eff. 6-1-77; r. and recr. Register, May, 1978, No. 269, eff. 6-1-78; r. (1) (a), Register, April, 1981, No. 304, eff. 5-1-81; (2) renum. from NR 10.11 (2), Register, September, 1983, No. 333, eff. 10-1-83; r. and recr. (1) (b), Register, September, 1984, No. 345, eff. 10-1-84; am. (2), Register, September, 1985, No. 357, eff. 10-1-85; am. (1) (b), Register, June, 1986, No. 366, eff. 7-1-86; r. and recr. (1) (b), Register, August, 1994, No. 464, eff. 9-1-94; CR 03-018: r. and recr. (1) (b) Register November 2003 No. 575, eff. 1-1-04; CR 05-017: am. (1) (b) Register October 2005 No. 598, eff. 2-1-06; CR 07-015: am. (1) (b) Register September 2007 No. 621, eff. 11-1-07; EmR1420: emerg. am. (2), eff. 9-12-14; CR 13-071: am. (2) Register July 2015 No. 715, eff. 8-1-15; correction in (1) (title) and repeal of (1) (b) (title) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 2., Stats., and (1) (intro.) and (b) consol. and renum. to (1) under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register January 2020 No. 769.
NR 10.101 NR 10.101Bear hunting.
NR 10.101(1)(1)Prohibited methods. No person may:
NR 10.101(1)(a) (a) Denned bear. Hunt or shoot a bear in a den.
NR 10.101(1)(b) (b) Restricted areas. Hunt bear in any dump or sanitary landfill.
NR 10.101(1)(c) (c) Non-adult bears. Shoot, shoot at or kill a bear that is accompanied by a bear that is not an adult bear.
NR 10.101(2) (2)Dog use restrictions.
NR 10.101(2)(a)(a) Identification. No person shall hunt or pursue bear with any dog unless such dog is tattooed or wears a collar with the owner's name and address attached.
NR 10.101(2)(b) (b) Training. The training of dogs by pursuing wild bear is prohibited except July 1 through August 31, or as authorized by s. 29.184 (3m), Stats.
NR 10.101 Note Note: Bear dog trials and training are regulated by ch. NR 17.
NR 10.101(2)(c) (c) Pack size. No more than 6 dogs in a single pack may be used to pursue bear regardless of the number of bear hunters assisting the bear harvest permittee and regardless of the dog ownership.
NR 10.101 Note Note: Only a bear hunting licensee assisting a Class A bear license holder may pursue bear during the open season on bear except when engaged in lawful bear dog training as authorized under s. 29.184 (3m), Stats.
NR 10.101(2)(e) (e) Bait use. Persons hunting bear with dogs may use bait in accordance with s. NR 10.07 (2m) during the season established in s. NR 10.01 (3) (g) 2.
NR 10.101 Note Note: This rule does not permit a person to hunt bear over bait without using dogs as a hunting aid.
NR 10.101(3) (3)Possession. No person may possess a bear carcass in violation of the requirements for possession and transportation established under s. NR 10.08 (7) and for tagging and registration established under s. NR 10.085.
NR 10.101 History History: Cr. Register, May, 1978, No. 269, eff. 6-1-78; cr. (1) (b) 5., Register, August, 1979, No. 284, eff. 9-1-79; r. and recr. (1) (b) and (3) (b), Register, April, 1980, No. 292, eff. 5-1-80; am. (3) (b), Register, July, 1985, No. 355, eff. 8-1-85; am. (intro.), cr. (1) (c), (3) (e) and (4), r. and recr. (3) (c), Register, June, 1986, No. 366, eff. 7-1-86; am. (2) (c) 3., Register, July, 1987, No. 379, eff. 8-1-87; cr. (4) (d), Register, August, 1988, No. 392, eff. 9-1-88; am. (3) (b), Register, July, 1989, No. 403, eff. 8-1-89; r. (2), renum. (3) and (4) to be (2) and (3), Register, October, 1990, No. 418, eff. 11-1-90; CR 01-008: am. (1) (c), r. (2) (d), Register October 2001 No. 550, eff. 4-1-02; correction in (3) (d) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register September 2002 No. 561; correction in (2) (e) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Register April 2005 No. 592; CR 13-021: am. (2) (b) Register October 2013 No. 694, eff. 11-1-13; correction in (3) (d) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2015 No. 719; EmR1613: emerg. r. and recr. (3), eff. 3-12-16; CR 17-061: r. and recr. (3) Register February 2018 No. 746, eff. 3-1-18; correction in numbering in (3) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register February 2018 No. 746.
NR 10.102 NR 10.102Bear hunting quota and license issuance.
NR 10.102(1)(1)Bear quotas. The department shall establish black bear quotas based on the status of zone black bear populations in relation to population management goals. Quotas shall be approved by the Natural Resources Board.
NR 10.102 Note Note: Population management goals may take into account annual data regarding agricultural damage, nuisance complaints, hunter crowding or conflict, hunter success, hunter satisfaction, and bear disease/health issues.
NR 10.102(1)(b) (b) Quota formula. In each black bear management zone, the number of Class A bear licenses to be issued to harvest the desired numbers of bear shall be based on hunter success rates from previous seasons. In establishing licenses for a zone without an adequate history of licenses, the average success rates of similar zones shall be applied or the department shall estimate an anticipated success rate. The license number formula is: - See PDF for diagram PDF
NR 10.102(1)(c) (c) Success rate formula. Hunter success rates used to compute the number of Class A bear licenses to be issued for each zone shall be those calculated by the department from annual bear season harvest reports except where no previous history of success rates exist. The license rate formula is: - See PDF for diagram PDF
NR 10.102(1)(e) (e) Temporary bear harvest subzones.
NR 10.102(1)(e)1.1. The department may establish temporary bear harvest subzones within each black bear management zone to increase or decrease harvest within specific subzones to assure maintenance of bear populations at a density level equivalent to that of the bear management zone.
NR 10.102(1)(e)2. 2. The department may require that a portion of the Class A bear licenses available within a bear management zone be specific to a temporary bear harvest subzone to assure maintenance of bear populations at a density level equivalent to that of the bear management zone.
NR 10.102(1)(e)3. 3. Class A bear licenses for the temporary subzones shall be used only within the subzone.
NR 10.102(1)(e)4. 4. Temporary subzone boundaries shall follow game management unit boundaries as identified in s. NR 10.285.
NR 10.102(1)(e)5. 5. Temporary subzones may be established to increase bear harvest when either of the following 2 conditions exist within the area considered for a subzone:
NR 10.102(1)(e)5.a. a. The bear population density within the subzone for the previous 3 year period exceeds by 20% the zone population density goal as indicated by indexes or models, or both.
NR 10.102(1)(e)5.b. b. Bear nuisance or agricultural damage complaints per square mile within the subzone exceed the zone average by 20% or more for the previous 3 year period.
NR 10.102(1)(e)6. 6. Temporary subzones may be established to decrease harvest when either one of the following conditions exist:
NR 10.102(1)(e)6.a. a. The mortality rate of adult bears within the subzone exceeds 22% for the previous 3 year period.
NR 10.102(1)(e)6.b. b. The bear population density within the subzone for the previous 3 year period is below the zone population density goal by 20% or more as indicated by indexes or models, or both.
NR 10.102(1)(e)7. 7. Each temporary bear harvest subzone may be established for a period not to exceed 2 years.
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