I assume you mean the City of Portage, not Portage County.
I agree, the school zone statute has to go! Oddly it's an example where "ignorance" IS an excuse because it only forbids one from carrying a loaded or non-encased firearm where one KNOWS or has reasonable cause to believe is a school zone. So, apparently, the less familiar you are with an area, the better!
Looks like you are supposed to unload and encase your firearm whenever you are about to enter a school zone on foot (of course in a vehicle you're supposed to already by unloaded and encased.)
I find it interesting that there is a provision that states you can (theoretically) get a "license" issued by the municipalityto exempt you from the school zone law. Now I know of absolutely NO municipality in the state that issues such a license. But it might be quiteinteresting if people started "applying" to their respective municipalities for such licenses.
Considering thereis probably NO REAL possibility of anyone getting the aforementioned license, one may speculate that this opens up a constitutional challenge to the entire statute on the grounds that there is no practical manner to exercise the constitutional right to bear arms within a school zone--- and we all remember that the WI SC has stated there HAS to be a way to exercise that right......