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    State Park Quick Check

    Ok, I haven't reviewed ACT 35 in a long while and just wanted to be sure if im 100% correct.

    1. I can open carry in any State park or State Forest, including the buildings now. (I have a CCL)

    2. Long guns still need to be cased and unloaded.

    3. That law about firearms within 100'(?) Of a designated camp area need to be cased and unloaded in a State Forest dosen't apply to a handgun anymore, I hope.


    I've already open carried in a state park but im leaving for a seven day stay and wanted to be triple sure im good as im sure ill be the only one open carrying in the campground that will be filled with out of staters, so I assume i'll be chatting with the ranger......lol

    Normally id just read the law but I just haven't had time and I haven't been near my computer in forever, id research on my phone but it's a huge pain.

    Im going to try and double check ACT 35 tonight but I thought id just post here quick.

    Thanks!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason in WI View Post
    Ok, I haven't reviewed ACT 35 in a long while and just wanted to be sure if im 100% correct.

    1. I can open carry in any State park or State Forest, including the buildings now. (I have a CCL)

    2. Long guns still need to be cased and unloaded.

    3. That law about firearms within 100'(?) Of a designated camp area need to be cased and unloaded in a State Forest dosen't apply to a handgun anymore, I hope.


    I've already open carried in a state park but im leaving for a seven day stay and wanted to be triple sure im good as im sure ill be the only one open carrying in the campground that will be filled with out of staters, so I assume i'll be chatting with the ranger......lol

    Normally id just read the law but I just haven't had time and I haven't been near my computer in forever, id research on my phone but it's a huge pain.

    Im going to try and double check ACT 35 tonight but I thought id just post here quick.

    Thanks!



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    Here is what I see. (I've never heard of a 100 foot camp area rule or ordinance.) This falls under Wisconsin statute 29.089 

    Link: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/stat...utes/29/II/089

    Hunting, fishing, and trapping on land in state parks and state fish hatcheries.

    (2) No person may have in his or her possession or under his or her control a firearm on land located in state fish hatcheries unless the firearm is unloaded and enclosed within a carrying case. This subsection does not apply to any of the following:
    (a) A person who is employed in this state by a public agency as a law enforcement officer and to whom s. 941.23 (1) (g) 2. to 5. and (2) (b) 1. to 3. applies.
    (b) A qualified out-of-state law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 941.23 (1) (g), to whom s. 941.23 (2) (b) 1. to 3. applies.
    (c) A former officer, as defined in s. 941.23 (1) (c), to whom s. 941.23 (2) (c) 1. to 7. applies.
    (d) A licensee, as defined in s. 175.60 (1) (d), or an out-of-state licensee, as defined in s. 175.60 (1) (g), if the firearm is a handgun, as defined in s. 175.60 (1) (bm).

    This part is from the Wisconsin DNR site. I know it is the FAQ's...pay particular attention to the (Open or concealed) parts.

    http://dnr.wi.gov/org/es/enforcement..._carry_q&a.htm

    3. Possession of Firearms in State Wildlife Refuge Areas

    If I have a license to carry a concealed weapon, or I am a qualified former law enforcement officer, can I now carry a loaded and uncased firearm in a wildlife refuge where firearms are normally required to be unloaded and encased ?

    Beginning on Nov. 1, 2011, a person with a concealed carry license will be allowed to possess a handgun which is loaded and uncased (concealed or unconcealed), and a qualified former law enforcement officer may possess the type of firearm they qualified with and which is indicated on their certification card, loaded and uncased (concealed or unconcealed) in a wildlife refuge. This exemption however does not allow such persons to hunt or discharge their firearm in the refuge.

    4. Possession of Firearms in State Parks & State Fish Hatcheries

    If I have a license to carry a concealed weapon, or I am a qualified former law enforcement officer, can I now carry a loaded and uncased firearm in a Wisconsin State Park or State Fish Hatchery where firearms are normally required to be unloaded and encased ?

    Beginning on Nov. 1, 2011, a person with a concealed carry license will be allowed to possess a handgun which is loaded and uncased (concealed or unconcealed), and a qualified former law enforcement officer may possess the type of firearm they qualified with and which is indicated on their certification card, loaded and uncased (concealed or unconcealed) in a Wisconsin State Park or State Fish Hatchery. This exemption however does not allow such persons to hunt or discharge their firearm in the Wisconsin State Park or State Fish Hatchery, nor does it allow bringing the firearm inside state owned buildings on these properties which are posted with signs that provide notice that firearms are not allowed in the building.

    Watch for posted buildings! Have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcawdor57 View Post
    Here is what I see. (I've never heard of a 100 foot camp area rule or ordinance.) This falls under Wisconsin statute 29.089 

    Link: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/stat...utes/29/II/089

    Hunting, fishing, and trapping on land in state parks and state fish hatcheries.

    (2) No person may have in his or her possession or under his or her control a firearm on land located in state fish hatcheries unless the firearm is unloaded and enclosed within a carrying case. This subsection does not apply to any of the following:
    (a) A person who is employed in this state by a public agency as a law enforcement officer and to whom s. 941.23 (1) (g) 2. to 5. and (2) (b) 1. to 3. applies.
    (b) A qualified out-of-state law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 941.23 (1) (g), to whom s. 941.23 (2) (b) 1. to 3. applies.
    (c) A former officer, as defined in s. 941.23 (1) (c), to whom s. 941.23 (2) (c) 1. to 7. applies.
    (d) A licensee, as defined in s. 175.60 (1) (d), or an out-of-state licensee, as defined in s. 175.60 (1) (g), if the firearm is a handgun, as defined in s. 175.60 (1) (bm).

    This part is from the Wisconsin DNR site. I know it is the FAQ's...pay particular attention to the (Open or concealed) parts.

    http://dnr.wi.gov/org/es/enforcement..._carry_q&a.htm

    3. Possession of Firearms in State Wildlife Refuge Areas

    If I have a license to carry a concealed weapon, or I am a qualified former law enforcement officer, can I now carry a loaded and uncased firearm in a wildlife refuge where firearms are normally required to be unloaded and encased ?

    Beginning on Nov. 1, 2011, a person with a concealed carry license will be allowed to possess a handgun which is loaded and uncased (concealed or unconcealed), and a qualified former law enforcement officer may possess the type of firearm they qualified with and which is indicated on their certification card, loaded and uncased (concealed or unconcealed) in a wildlife refuge. This exemption however does not allow such persons to hunt or discharge their firearm in the refuge.

    4. Possession of Firearms in State Parks & State Fish Hatcheries

    If I have a license to carry a concealed weapon, or I am a qualified former law enforcement officer, can I now carry a loaded and uncased firearm in a Wisconsin State Park or State Fish Hatchery where firearms are normally required to be unloaded and encased ?

    Beginning on Nov. 1, 2011, a person with a concealed carry license will be allowed to possess a handgun which is loaded and uncased (concealed or unconcealed), and a qualified former law enforcement officer may possess the type of firearm they qualified with and which is indicated on their certification card, loaded and uncased (concealed or unconcealed) in a Wisconsin State Park or State Fish Hatchery. This exemption however does not allow such persons to hunt or discharge their firearm in the Wisconsin State Park or State Fish Hatchery, nor does it allow bringing the firearm inside state owned buildings on these properties which are posted with signs that provide notice that firearms are not allowed in the building.

    Watch for posted buildings! Have fun!

    Thanks for the link rcawdor57! Number 7 sorta answers my question on State Forests. I was sure on State parks but was fuzzy on the other areas. The bolding is right from their page. I will be staying in a State Forest and last week I was going to stop at Bong but didn't know for sure if the recreation area was good to go. Bit more packing to do and I'll try and look up ACT 35 tonight yet as I don't trust the FAQ's but it's a good sign.


    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.

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