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29.327 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ss. NR 10.12 and 10.125, Wis. adm. code.
29.331 29.331 Trapping regulation.
29.331(1) (1) Tags. Each trap used under a trapping license shall be tagged with a metal tag stamped with the name and address or customer identification number of the operator of the trap. All untagged traps shall be seized and confiscated, and the owner or person using or attending the untagged traps shall be punished as provided under s. 29.971 (4) and (12).
29.331(2) (2)Shipments. All shipments of hides must be marked showing the number and kinds of hides in the package, the name and address of the shipper, and the number of the shipper's trapping license.
29.331(3) (3)Report. On or before June 1 annually, the licensee shall report to the department, by affidavit, on forms furnished by the department, the number of the licensee's license, the number and value of each variety of animals taken during the previous 12 months ending May 1, and other information required on the forms furnished.
29.331(3m) (3m)Use of fees. From the moneys received from the sale of trapping licenses, the department shall credit an amount equal to $2 times the number of trapping licenses issued to the appropriation under s. 20.370 (1) (Lq).
29.331(5) (5)Molesting traps.
29.331(5)(a)(a) No person may molest, take or appropriate a trap belonging to another person when the trap is lawfully placed. No person may take or appropriate the animal or contents of any lawfully placed trap belonging to another person.
29.331(5)(b) (b) A person who violates this subsection shall be fined not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than 90 days or both. In addition, if a person violates this subsection, the court shall revoke all licenses issued to the person under this chapter for 5 years.
29.331 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ss. NR 10.13 and 10.145, Wis. adm. code.
29.334 29.334 Hunting and trapping; treatment of wild animals.
29.334(1)(1) A person who hunts or traps any game animal or fur-bearing animal shall kill the animal when it is taken and make it part of the daily bag or shall release the game animal or fur-bearing animal.
29.334(2) (2)Penalty. A person who violates sub. (1) shall forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.
29.334(3) (3) This section does not apply to farm-raised deer, farm-raised game birds, or wild animals that are subject to regulation under ch. 169.
29.334 History History: 1997 a. 248 s. 513; 1999 a. 32; 2001 a. 56 ss. 38 to 40, 69.
29.335 29.335 Feeding wild animals for nonhunting purposes. Subject to s. 29.336, the department shall promulgate rules to regulate the recreational and supplemental feeding of wild animals for purposes other than hunting.
29.335 History History: 2001 a. 108; 2003 a. 240.
29.336 29.336 Feeding deer.
29.336(1)(1) In this section, "feeding deer" means to place any material to feed or attract deer in or from the wild.
29.336(2) (2) The department shall promulgate rules that prohibit feeding deer for hunting or viewing purposes in any of the following counties:
29.336(2)(a) (a) A county in which the county or a portion of the county is in a chronic wasting disease control zone designated by the department by rule.
29.336(2)(b) (b) A county in which a positive test for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed in any captive or free-roaming domestic or wild animal after December 31, 1997.
29.336(2)(c) (c) A county in which the county or a portion of the county is within a 10-mile radius of the known location of a captive or free-roaming domestic or wild animal that has been tested and confirmed to be positive for chronic wasting disease or bovine tuberculosis after December 31, 1997.
29.336(3) (3) A person may feed deer for viewing purposes in counties not included in the rules promulgated under sub. (2) if all of the following apply:
29.336(3)(a) (a) The feeding site is within 50 yards of an owner-occupied residence or of a person's business, if the business is one that is generally open to the public.
29.336(3)(b) (b) The feeding site is not less than 100 yards from a roadway, as defined in s. 340.01 (54), having a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour or more.
29.336(3)(c) (c) Not more than 2 gallons of material are at the feeding site.
29.336(3)(d) (d) The material used to feed deer does not contain any animal part or animal byproduct.
29.336(4) (4) A person may feed deer for hunting purposes in counties not included in the rules promulgated under sub. (2) during any season open for hunting deer if all of the following apply:
29.336(4)(a) (a) Not more than 2 gallons of material are at the feeding site.
29.336(4)(b) (b) No feeding site is closer than 100 yards of another feeding site.
29.336(4)(c) (c) The person does not place more than 2 gallons of material in any area comprising 40 acres or less.
29.336(4)(d) (d) The material used to feed deer does not contain any animal part or animal byproduct.
29.336 History History: 2003 a. 240.
29.337 29.337 Hunting and trapping by landowners and occupants.
29.337(1)(1) The owner or occupant of any land, and any member of his or her family, may hunt or trap beaver, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, woodchucks, rabbits, and squirrels on the land without a license issued under this chapter or ch. 169 at any time, except as follows:
29.337(1)(a) (a) An owner or occupant may not hunt any of these wild animals during the period of 24 hours before the time for commencement of the deer hunting season in any area where an open season for hunting deer with firearms is established.
29.337(1)(b) (b) Such persons may not hunt coyotes during an open season for hunting deer with firearms in an area that is closed by the department by rule to coyote hunting.
29.337(2) (2) The owner or occupant of any land and any member of his or her family may take beaver, rabbits, raccoons and squirrels on the land at any time by means of live trapping with box traps in areas where the discharge of a firearm is illegal.
29.337 History History: 1979 c. 142; 1987 a. 27; 1993 a. 246; 1997 a. 27; 1997 a. 248 ss. 433 to 436; Stats. 1997 s. 29.337; 2001 a. 56, 105.
29.337 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 12 and ss. NR 10.13 and 10.145, Wis. adm. code.
29.341 29.341 Duties on accidental shooting.
29.341(1) (1) Any person who, while hunting any wild animal or bird, discharges a firearm or arrow, and by that discharge injures or kills another person, shall immediately give his or her name and address to the injured person, render assistance to the injured person and obtain immediate medical or hospital care for the injured person, and immediately report the injury or death to the sheriff or police of the locality in which the shooting took place.
29.341(2) (2) Any person intentionally failing to comply with sub. (1) shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned in the county jail not more than one year, or both. Any person who neglects to comply with sub. (1) shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than 9 months or both.
29.341 History History: 1975 c. 365; 1991 a. 316; 1997 a. 248 s. 413; Stats. 1997 s. 29.341.
29.345 29.345 Hunting, fishing or trapping accident; failure to report.
29.345(1)(1) Every person who has caused or been involved in an accident in which a person has been injured by discharge of a firearm or arrow while hunting, fishing or trapping, or inflicted an injury upon himself or herself with a firearm or with an arrow while hunting, fishing or trapping, shall render a report to the department at any of its field offices within 10 days after the injury unless the person is physically incapable of making the required report, in which event the person or persons involved in the accident shall designate an agent to file the report within the specified time.
29.345(2) (2) Any person who is involved in an accident with firearm or arrow while hunting, fishing or trapping, and who fails to submit the report required by this section, shall forfeit not more than $50. In addition, the court may revoke any license issued to the person under this chapter and may further provide that no license shall be issued to the person under this chapter for a fixed period of time specified by the court.
29.345 History History: 1975 c. 365; 1991 a. 316; 1997 a. 248 s. 414; Stats. 1997 s. 29.345.
29.346 29.346 Registration information. If the department requires a person who kills an animal to register that animal with the department, the department shall, at the time of registration, make a record of the type of weapon that was used to kill the animal.
29.346 History History: 2013 a. 61.
29.347 29.347 Possession of deer and elk; heads and skins.
29.347(1)(1) Definition. In this section, "validated" means marked with specified information in the manner required by the department.
29.347(2) (2)Deer or elk carcass tags. Except as provided under ss. 29.324 (3) and 29.349 (2), any person who kills a deer shall immediately attach to the ear or antler of the deer a current validated deer carcass tag which is authorized for use on the type of deer killed. Any person who kills an elk shall immediately attach to the ear or antler of the elk a current validated elk carcass tag. Except as provided under sub. (2m) or s. 29.89 (6), no person may possess, control, store, or transport a deer carcass unless it is tagged as required under this subsection. Except as provided under sub. (2m), no person may possess, control, store, or transport an elk carcass unless it is tagged as required under this subsection. A person who kills a deer or an elk shall register the deer or elk in the manner required by the department. A person who kills a deer or an elk shall possess, control, store, or transport the deer or elk carcass in compliance with rules promulgated by the department under s. 29.063 (3). The carcass tag may not be removed before registration. The removal of a carcass tag from a deer or an elk before registration renders the deer or elk untagged.
29.347(2m) (2m)Removal and retention of tags.
29.347(2m)(a)(a) A carcass tag attached under sub. (2) and a registration tag attached by the department or a car kill tag attached under s. 29.349 (2) may be removed from a gutted carcass at the time of butchering, but the person who killed or obtained the animal shall retain all tags until the meat is consumed.
29.347(2m)(b) (b) Subject to sub. (6), any person who retains a tag under par. (a) may give deer or elk meat to another person. The person who receives the gift of deer or elk meat is not required to possess a tag.
29.347(3) (3)Heads and skins.
29.347(3)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b) and sub. (6), the control or possession of the head or skin of any deer or elk lawfully killed, when severed from the rest of the carcass, are not subject to this chapter.
29.347(3)(b) (b) No person may possess or control deer or elk antlers in the velvet or a deer or an elk skin in the spotted coat of a lawfully killed deer or elk unless the person to whom the carcass tag for the deer or elk was issued, or the person who had the deer tagged under s. 29.349 (2), has requested and received authorization from the department to control or possess the antlers or skin. A request for written authorization from the department shall be made within 7 days after the carcass tag has been attached to the deer or elk.
29.347(4) (4)Antlers removed or broken. Any deer from which the antlers have been removed, broken, shed, or altered so as to make determination of the legality of the deer impossible is an illegal deer if the deer is taken during an open season for hunting only antlered deer or during an open season for hunting only antlerless deer. Any elk from which the antlers have been removed, broken, shed, or altered so as to make determination of the legality of the elk impossible is an illegal elk if the elk is taken during an open season for hunting only antlered elk or during an open season for hunting antlerless elk.
29.347(6) (6)Control of carcasses. No person may transport, possess, store, butcher, or control the carcass of a cervid in violation of rules promulgated by the department under s. 29.063 (3) or (4).
29.347 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ss. NR 10.001 and 19.13, Wis. adm. code.
29.347 Annotation Only the tag of the person who kills the deer may be attached under sub. (2). State v. Skow, 141 Wis. 2d 49, 413 N.W.2d 650 (Ct. App. 1987).
29.349 29.349 Animals killed by motor vehicles.
29.349(1) (1) In this section, "law enforcement officer" means a warden or any other law enforcement officer authorized by the department to issue tags for an animal killed by a vehicle.
29.349(2) (2)
29.349(2)(a)(a) Subject to s. 29.347 (6), any person who while operating a motor vehicle on a highway accidentally collides with and kills a bear, deer, or wild turkey may take possession of the carcass. Subject to s. 29.347 (6), if the motor vehicle operator does not want to take the carcass, the carcass may be taken by any other person who is present at the scene of the accident at the time the collision occurs or at any time after the collision occurs.
29.349(2)(b) (b) No person may take possession of the carcass of a bear, deer, or wild turkey killed in the manner specified in par. (a) and remove the carcass from the scene of the accident unless the person has complied with rules promulgated by the department under s. 29.063 (3) and one of the following apply:
29.349(2)(b)1. 1. The person has the carcass tagged by a law enforcement officer.
29.349(2)(b)2. 2. The person contacts a law enforcement officer and gives his or her name, the location of the carcass and the date and the time, and the law enforcement officer approves the removal and gives the person the instructions and location for having the carcass tagged at a later time.
29.349(2)(c) (c) The person removing the carcass under the procedure specified in par. (b) 2. shall have the carcass tagged within 24 hours after receiving the instructions under par. (b) 2.
29.349(2)(d) (d) No fee may be charged for a tag issued under this subsection.
29.349(3) (3)
29.349(3)(a)(a) Except as provided under par. (b) or as authorized under s. 29.614, no person may take possession of the carcass of a small game animal killed by a person who accidentally collides with the small game animal while operating a motor vehicle on a highway unless all of the following apply:
29.349(3)(a)1. 1. The small game animal is killed during the open season for hunting or trapping that animal.
29.349(3)(a)2. 2. The small game animal is not a bobcat, fisher, or otter.
29.349(3)(a)3. 3. The person possesses an approval issued under this chapter that authorizes the hunting or trapping of the kind of small game animal killed.
29.349(3)(a)4. 4. The person is the operator of the motor vehicle.
29.349(3)(b) (b) If an operator of a motor vehicle who is authorized under par. (a) to take possession of the carcass of a small game animal does not want to take possession of the carcass, any other person may take possession of the carcass and remove it from the scene of the accident if the person possesses an approval issued under this chapter that authorizes the hunting or trapping of the kind of small game animal killed by the operator of the motor vehicle and the person takes the carcass during the open season for that animal.
29.349(3)(c) (c) The department may not charge a person a fee to take possession of the carcass of a small game animal if the person is authorized to possess the carcass under this subsection.
29.349 History History: 2011 a. 251 ss. 4, 10 to 15.
29.351 29.351 Skins of fur-bearing animals.
29.351(1g) (1g) No person may possess or control the skin of any mink, muskrat, fisher, pine marten, or otter showing that the animal was shot.
29.351(1m) (1m)
29.351(1m)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), or unless otherwise authorized by the department, no person may possess or control the green skin of any fur-bearing animal from the 5th day after the beginning of the closed season for that animal until the end of that closed season.
29.351(1m)(b) (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to any of the following:
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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)