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29.183(1)(b) (b) Bonus deer hunting permit.
29.183(1)(c) (c) Bobcat hunting and trapping permit.
29.183(1)(d) (d) Otter trapping permit.
29.183(1)(e) (e) Fisher trapping permit.
29.183(1)(f) (f) Canada goose hunting permit.
29.183(1)(g) (g) Wild turkey hunting license.
29.183(1)(h) (h) Sharp-tailed grouse hunting permit.
29.183(1)(i) (i) Class A bear license.
29.183(1)(j) (j) Elk hunting license.
29.183(1)(k) (k) Sturgeon spearing license.
29.183(2) (2) A person shall meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for the deferral of an approval under sub. (1):
29.183(2)(a) (a) Be selected under a random or preference selection system for the issuance of any of the approvals listed in sub. (1).
29.183(2)(b) (b) Be serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or national guard.
29.183(2)(c) (c) Be unable to exercise his or her privilege to fish, hunt, or trap as permitted by that approval due to his or her service on active duty in the U. S. armed forces or national guard.
29.183(3) (3) A person who meets the requirements under sub. (2) may request, or have a request made on his or her behalf, that the department defer the person's approval.
29.183(4) (4) If the department receives a request for a deferral of an approval under sub. (3) and any approval and tags that have already been issued before the day prior to the beginning of that hunting or trapping season, the department shall defer the person's approval.
29.183(5) (5) The department shall notify the person whose approval was deferred under sub. (4) that he or she may receive that deferred approval after his or her active duty ends without applying under the random or preference selection system. A person whose approval was deferred under sub. (4) may apply for that approval during the calendar year that the person ceased serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or national guard, during the calendar year following the calendar year that the person ceased serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or national guard, or earlier if he or she is able to exercise his or her privilege to fish, hunt, or trap. Upon receipt of the appropriate fees and the application form prescribed by the department, the department shall issue the person his or her approval that was deferred.
29.183 History History: 2005 a. 53; 2007 a. 66.
29.184 29.184 Bear licenses.
29.184(1)(1)Definition. In this section, notwithstanding s. 29.001 (42), "hunt bear" means to shoot, shoot at, take, catch, or kill a bear or pursue, with or without the use of dogs, a bear for the purpose of shooting, shooting at, taking, catching, or killing the bear.
29.184(2) (2)Department authority. The department may regulate and limit the number of bear hunters and bear harvested in any area of the state.
29.184(3) (3)Licenses; prohibitions; authorization.
29.184(3)(a)(a) Prohibition. Except as authorized under a Class A bear license or a Class B bear license and under sub. (5), no person may do any of the following:
29.184(3)(a)1. 1. Hunt bear.
29.184(3)(a)2. 2. Assist a person in hunting bear by tracking bear, trailing bear or engaging in any other activity to locate bear.
29.184(3)(a)3. 3. Bait bear.
29.184(3)(a)4. 4. Train a dog to track bear, to trail bear or to otherwise engage in any activity that contributes to locating bear.
29.184(3)(am) (am) Evidence of bear hunting. The fact that a person is observing a bear while possessing a firearm is not sufficient evidence to prove that the person holding the firearm is hunting bear.
29.184(3)(bg) (bg) Authorization; Class A bear license. A Class A bear license authorizes a resident or nonresident holder of the license to hunt bear and to exercise all of the privileges of a Class B bear license.
29.184(3)(br) (br) Authorization; Class B bear license. A Class B bear license authorizes a resident or nonresident holder of the license to do only the following:
29.184(3)(br)1. 1. Assist a holder of a Class A bear license in hunting bear by tracking bear, trailing bear or otherwise engaging in an activity that contributes to locating bear and that is authorized by rule by the department.
29.184(3)(br)1m. 1m. Pursue a bear, provided that the licensee does not shoot, shoot at, capture, take, or kill the bear, except as provided under subd. 4.
29.184(3)(br)2. 2. Bait bear.
29.184(3)(br)3. 3. Train a dog to track bear, to trail bear or to otherwise engage in an activity that contributes to locating bear and that is authorized by rule by the department.
29.184(3)(br)4. 4. Shoot, for the purpose of killing, a bear that was shot, but not killed, by a Class A bear license holder if the Class B bear license holder was hunting in the same hunting party as the Class A bear license holder at the point of kill, if the Class A bear license holder possesses a current unused bear carcass tag that is authorized for use on the bear killed, and if killing the bear is necessary to protect the safety of the members of the hunting party or others.
29.184(3)(c) (c) Type of hunting authorized. A Class A bear license authorizes hunting with a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow.
29.184(3m) (3m)Open season requirements. If the department establishes an open season that includes a period during which a Class A bear license holder is allowed to hunt bear with the use of a dog, the department shall allow a Class B bear license holder to engage in the activities specified in sub. (3) (br) 3. during that period.
29.184(4) (4)Use of dogs.
29.184(4)(a)(a) Except at facilities and specified property locations where prohibited by s. NR 45.06, Wis. Adm. Code, a person may engage in the training of a dog as authorized under sub. (3) (bg) or (br) without keeping it on a leash during the period from July 1st through August 31st if all of the following apply:
29.184(4)(a)1. 1. The dog is uniquely tattooed or wears a collar with the owner's name and address attached.
29.184(4)(a)2. 2. The person holds a Class A or Class B bear license issued under this section or is exempt from holding such a license under sub. (5).
29.184(4)(a)3. 3. The dog is being trained in a single pack of dogs that complies with the size requirement under par. (c).
29.184(4)(b) (b) While a person is using a dog to hunt bear or to engage in any of the activities specified in sub. (3) (br) 1. to 4., the person shall keep on his or her person any tag required for the dog under s. 95.21 (2) (f), 174.053 (2) or 174.07 (1) (e).
29.184(4)(c) (c) No more than 6 dogs may be in a single pack regardless of the number of individuals involved in the training and regardless of whether there is more than one owner of the dogs.
29.184(5) (5)Exemptions.
29.184(5)(a)(a) A person under the age of 16 years may engage in the activities authorized under sub. (3) (br) 1. to 4. without holding a Class B bear license.
29.184(5)(b) (b) If a disabled person holds either a Class A or a Class B bear license, a person who accompanies and assists the disabled person may engage in the activities authorized under sub. (3) (br) 1. to 4. without holding a Class B bear license.
29.184(5)(c) (c) Any person may engage in the activities authorized under sub. (3) (br) 1. to 4. during the 3rd Saturday in August and the immediately following Sunday without holding a Class B bear license.
29.184(6) (6)Issuance.
29.184(6)(a)(a) Application. A person who seeks a Class A or Class B bear hunting license shall apply to the department.
29.184(6)(b) (b) Cumulative preference system; random selection. If the number of qualified applications for Class A bear licenses exceeds the number of available licenses, the department shall select applicants to be issued Class A bear licenses based upon a cumulative preference system. This system shall establish preference categories for those applicants who applied for but who were not issued Class A bear licenses or bear harvest permits under s. 29.1085 (3) (b), 1993 stats., in the previous season, with higher priority given to those categories with more preference points than those with fewer preference points. For each season, the department shall allow each applicant under the system to apply for a preference point or for a license. The department shall give a preference point to each applicant who applies for a preference point and to each applicant who applies for a license but who is not selected. Applicants who fail to apply for either a preference point or a license at least once during any 3 consecutive years shall lose all previously accumulated preference points. If the number of applicants within a preference category exceeds the number of Class A bear licenses available in the category, the department shall select at random the applicants to be issued licenses within the preference category. Beginning on April 18, 2002, an applicant for a preference point must meet all of the following requirements on the first day of the bear hunting season that immediately follows the date of application:
29.184(6)(b)1. 1. The applicant is at least 10 years old. If the applicant is under 12 years of age, the applicant is subject to the restrictions specified under s. 29.592.
29.184(6)(b)2. 2. The applicant is eligible for an approval authorizing hunting.
29.184(6)(c) (c) Notification, issuance; fees.
29.184(6)(c)1g.1g. A person who applies for a preference point or a license under par. (a) shall pay the processing fee under s. 29.553 at the time of application.
29.184(6)(c)1r. 1r. Subject to ss. 29.024 and 54.25 (2) (c) 1. d., the department shall issue a Class A bear license to those qualified applicants selected to receive a license under par. (b).
29.184(6)(c)2. 2. A Class B bear license shall be issued subject to ss. 29.024 and 54.25 (2) (c) 1. d. by the department to any resident who applies for this license.
29.184(6g) (6g)Issuance of additional Class A bear licenses.
29.184(6g)(a)(a) In addition to any other Class A bear hunting license that the department issues under this section, the department shall issue 2 certificates for Class A bear hunting licenses in a Class A bear hunting season to an organization known as the Wisconsin Bear Hunters' Association, Inc., if the organization applies for the certificates for that season.
29.184(6g)(b) (b) The organization known as the Wisconsin Bear Hunters' Association, Inc., shall award one of the certificates that is issued under par. (a) as a prize in a raffle conducted by a subunit of the organization that is licensed to conduct raffles under ch. 563 and shall award the other to the person who places the highest bid in a public auction.
29.184(6g)(c) (c) The organization known as the Wisconsin Bear Hunters' Association, Inc., shall transfer the certificate awarded under par. (b) only to persons who are qualified to receive a Class A bear hunting license. A person who receives a certificate may present that certificate to the department and request a resident or nonresident Class A bear hunting license. Upon receipt of the certificate and the appropriate required fees, the department shall issue the holder of the certificate a resident or nonresident Class A bear hunting license and the carcass tag and back tag under subs. (8) and (9).
29.184(6g)(d) (d) If the organization known as the Wisconsin Bear Hunters' Association, Inc., fails to transfer the certificates under par. (c), the certificates shall become invalid.
29.184(6g)(e) (e) The organization known as the Wisconsin Bear Hunters' Association, Inc., shall use the proceeds from the raffle and auction under par. (b) in this state to promote bear management and education and to further bear research.
29.184(6g)(f) (f) A person may be issued under par. (c) only one Class A bear hunting license in his or her lifetime, and the Class A bear hunting license shall be valid for only one Class A bear hunting season. The issuance under par. (c) of a license to the person is subject to s. 29.024 (2g).
29.184(7) (7)Use of fees. Fees received from the issuance of licenses under this section shall be paid into the conservation fund to be used for administering bear licenses and for bear management activities.
29.184(8) (8)Carcass tag.
29.184(8)(a)(a) The department shall issue a bear carcass tag to each person who is issued a Class A bear license. Except as provided under par. (b) and s. 29.349 (2), a person who kills a bear shall immediately validate and attach the carcass tag to the bear. The carcass tag shall be attached and validated according to rules promulgated by the department.
29.184(8)(b) (b) A person who kills a bear under sub. (3) (br) 4. shall ensure that the person for whom the bear is killed attaches a current validated bear carcass tag in the manner provided under par. (a).
29.184(9) (9)Back tag.
29.184(9)(a)(a) The department shall issue a back tag to each person who is issued a Class A bear license.
29.184(9)(b) (b) No person may hunt bear as authorized under a Class A bear license unless there is attached to the center of the person's coat, shirt, jacket, or similar outermost garment where it can clearly be seen the back tag issued to the person under par. (a).
29.184 History History: 1985 a. 270; 1997 a. 1 ss. 57 to 74, 77; 1997 a. 27, 191; 1997 a. 248 ss. 255 to 269; Stats. 1997 s. 29.184; 1997 a. 249 ss. 28 to 32; 1999 a. 9, 32, 186; 2001 a. 55; 2003 a. 59; 2005 a. 25, 387; 2007 a. 65, 66; 2009 a. 39, 119; 2011 a. 28, 251, 252; 2013 a. 20; 2013 a. 166 s. 76.
29.184 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ss. NR 10.001, 10.05, 10.10, 10.101, 10.102, 10.106, and 10.30, Wis. adm. code.
29.185 29.185 Wolf harvesting licenses.
29.185(1b) (1b) Definitions. In this section:
29.185(1b)(a) (a) "Federal endangered list" means the U.S. list of endangered and threatened species, as it applies to this state.
29.185(1b)(b) (b) "State endangered list" means the list of endangered and threatened Wisconsin species that is established under s. 29.604 (3) (a).
29.185(1m) (1m)Department authority. If the wolf is not listed on the federal endangered list and is not listed on the state endangered list, the department shall allow the hunting and trapping of wolves and shall regulate such hunting and trapping as provided in this section and shall implement a wolf management plan. In regulating wolf hunting and trapping, the department may limit the number of wolf hunters and trappers and the number of wolves that may be taken by issuing wolf harvesting licenses.
29.185(2) (2)Licenses required.
29.185(2)(a)(a) Prohibition. Except as authorized under a wolf harvesting license, no person may hunt or trap a wolf. Both residents and nonresidents are eligible for wolf harvesting licenses.
29.185(2)(b) (b) Archer licenses, crossbow licenses, and trapping licenses. Notwithstanding ss. 29.171 (2), 29.172 (2), 29.216 (2), 29.217 (2), and 29.241 (3), a resident archer hunting license, a nonresident archer hunting license, a resident crossbow hunting license, a nonresident crossbow hunting license, or a trapping license does not authorize the hunting or trapping of wolves.
29.185(3) (3)Issuance of licenses.
29.185(3)(a)(a) Issuance; generally. Except as provided in par. (bn), if the department establishes an open season as provided under sub. (5), the department, subject to ss. 29.024 and 54.25 (2) (c) 1. d., shall issue a wolf harvesting license to each person who applies for the license, and who pays the required fees for the license.
29.185(3)(bn) (bn) Issuance system.
29.185(3)(bn)1.1. In issuing wolf harvesting licenses under this subsection, the department shall determine the number of licenses that will be available for a given year. The number of licenses to be issued shall equal an even number.
29.185(3)(bn)2. 2. If the number of qualified applications for wolf harvesting licenses exceeds the number of licenses that are available, the department shall issue 50 percent of the licenses by selecting at random the applicants to be issued the licenses.
29.185(3)(bn)3. 3. The department shall issue the remaining 50 percent of the wolf harvesting licenses based on a cumulative preference system. The system shall establish preference categories for those applicants who applied for but who were not issued a wolf harvesting license in previous seasons, with higher preference given to those applicants with more preference points. If the number of applicants within a preference category exceeds the number of wolf harvesting licenses available in the category, the department shall select at random within the category the applicants to be issued the licenses. For each season, the department shall allow each applicant to apply for a preference point or for a license. The department shall give a preference point to each applicant who applies for a preference point and to each applicant who applies for a license but who is not selected. An applicant who applies for either a preference point or a license at least once during any 3 consecutive years shall not lose his or her acquired preference points under the system.
29.185(3)(bn)4. 4. The department shall establish a method for dividing the applications into those that will be included in the at-random system and those that will be included in the cumulative preference system.
29.185(3)(bn)5. 5. A person applying for a wolf harvesting license shall pay the processing fee at the time of application.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)