7. Possession of Firearms on DNR lands in Certain Counties, State Forests and Recreational Areas.
Have the restrictions on possessing a loaded or uncased
firearm on DNR owned lands changed in those counties or DNR properties were it is not legal to possess a loaded uncased firearm when not engaged in lawful hunting unless at a designated range or engaged in a permitted dog trial or training?
Yes. On DNR lands within state parks, state fish hatcheries or wildlife refuge areas in the below listed counties, individuals with a concealed carry license as well as qualified former law enforcement officers possessing proper ID and firearm certificate can possess loaded and uncased handguns.
On DNR lands which are not state parks, state fish hatcheries or wildlife refuges, such as normal public hunting grounds, and which are located in Dane, Dodge, Fond du lac, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, LaCrosse, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Sauk, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Winnebago counties or on state forest lands in the Kettle Moraine or Point Beach state forests or state recreational areas, it generally continues to be illegal to possess or control a loaded or uncased firearm
unless engaged in lawful hunting or at a designated range or engaged in a dog trial or training activity under a permit. However, effective Nov. 1, 2011, a person with a concealed carry license may possess a loaded uncased handgun on these properties (concealed or unconcealed) even if not engaged in hunting, dog training or a dog trial. A qualified former law enforcement officer is not similarly exempt unless they also possess a concealed carry license.