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    Wisconsin Statutes relevant to firearms, 37.

    20.475 District attorneys.
    There is appropriated to the department of administration for the following programs:
    (1) DISTRICT ATTORNEYS.
    (i) Other employees. The amounts in the schedule to reimburse Milwaukee County for the costs of clerks ...
    providing clerical services under s. 978.13 (1) (d) to prosecutors handling cases involving the unlawful possession or use of firearms.

    23.33 All−terrain vehicles.
    (3) RULES OF OPERATION. No person may operate an all−terrain vehicle:
    (e) With any firearm in his or her possession unless it is unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case,

    26.14 Forest fires, authority of fire fighters, compensation, penalties, civil liability.
    (7) Any person who sets or assists in setting a fire upon marsh or other land in the state for the purpose of driving out game birds or animals shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than 90 days or both. The possession of firearms upon any marsh while it is on fire shall be prima facie evidence of such violation.

    29.089 Hunting on land in state parks and state fish hatcheries.
    (2) Except as provided in sub. (3), no person may have in his or her possession or under his or her control a firearm on land located in state parks or state fish hatcheries unless the firearm is unloaded and enclosed within a carrying case.

    29.091 Hunting or trapping in wildlife refuge.
    No person may hunt or trap within any wildlife refuge established under s.23.09 (2) (b) or 29.621, or have possession or control of any gun, firearm, bow or crossbow unless the gun or firearm is unloaded, the bow or crossbow is unstrung and the gun, firearm, bow or crossbow is enclosed within a carrying case.

    29.164 Wild turkey hunting approvals.
    (2) AUTHORIZATION; RESTRICTIONS.
    (b) Type of hunting authorized. A license issued under this section authorizes hunting with a firearm or bow and arrow or with a crossbow if the holder of the license is a resident and has a Class A, Class B or Class C permit issued under s. 29.193 (2) that authorizes hunting with a crossbow or has a crossbow permit issued under s. 29.171 (4) (a), or is a resident senior citizen.

    29.173 Resident deer hunting license.
    (2) AUTHORIZATION. (a) A resident deer hunting license authorizes the hunting of deer with firearms only.
    (b) A qualified service member holding a current resident deer hunting license may hunt deer of either sex with a firearm during any season open to hunting of deer with firearms that is established by the department.

    29.182 Elk hunting licenses.
    (3) AUTHORIZATION. (a) A resident elk hunting license authorizes a resident of this state to hunt elk with a firearm or bow and arrow, or with a crossbow, if the resident has a Class A, Class B, or Class C permit issued under s. 29.193 (2) that authorizes hunting with a crossbow, or if the resident has a crossbow permit issued
    under s. 29.171 (4) (a).
    (b) A nonresident elk hunting license authorizes a nonresident of this state to hunt elk with a firearm or with a bow and arrow.

    29.184 Bear licenses.
    (3) LICENSES; PROHIBITIONS; AUTHORIZATION. (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.

    29.193 Approvals for disabled persons.
    (2) HUNTING PERMITS.(cr) Authorization. 1. A person holding a current resident or nonresident deer hunting license and a Class A or Class C permit may hunt deer of either sex with a firearm during any season open to hunting of deer with firearms that is established by the department.
    (d) Assistance. 1. A holder of a Class A or Class B permit may be accompanied by a person who is not eligible to apply for a Class A or Class B permit. The accompanying person may not hunt or carry a firearm, bow or crossbow unless that person has been issued the appropriate approval to do so.
    2. A holder of a Class C permit shall be accompanied by a person who is not eligible to apply for a permit under this section. The accompanying person may not hunt or carry a firearm, bow or crossbow unless the person has been issued the appropriate approval to do so. The assistance rendered by an accompanying person may include sighting the firearm, bow or crossbow, identifying the game and field dressing, tagging and retrieving game for the permit holder.

    29.211 Nonresident deer hunting license.
    (2) AUTHORIZATION. A nonresident deer hunting license authorizes the hunting of deer with firearms only.

    29.301 General restrictions on hunting.
    (2) COLOR OF CLOTHING. In the areas in which there is a season for the hunting of deer with firearms, no person may hunt any game except waterfowl during that season unless at least 50% of each article of the person’s outer clothing above the waist, including a cap, hat or other head covering, is of a highly visible color commonly referred to as hunter orange, blaze orange, fluorescent orange, flame orange or fluorescent blaze orange. This requirement does not apply to persons hunting from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise during a firearm deer hunting season if the person is hunting for other game that the department authorizes to be hunted during that firearm deer hunting season. Any person violating this subsection shall forfeit not more than $10.

    29.304 Restrictions on hunting and use of firearms by persons under 16 years of age.
    (1) PERSONS UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE.
    (a) Prohibition on hunting. No person under 12 years of age may hunt with a firearm or bow and arrow.
    (b) Restrictions on possession or control of a firearm. No person under 12 years of age may have in his or her possession or control any firearm unless he or she is enrolled in the course of instruction under the hunter education program and he or she is carrying the firearm in a case and unloaded to or from that class under the
    supervision of a parent or guardian or is handling or operating the firearm during that class under the supervision of an instructor.
    (c) Restrictions on obtaining hunting approval. Except as provided under par. (d), no person under 12 years of age may obtain any approval authorizing hunting.
    (d) Restrictions on validity of certificate of accomplishment.
    A person under 12 years of age may obtain a certificate of accomplishment if he or she complies with the requirements of s. 29.591(4) but that certificate is not valid for the hunting of small game until that person becomes 12 years of age.
    (2) PERSONS 12 TO 14 YEARS OF AGE.
    (a) Restrictions on hunting. No person 12 years of age or older but under 14 years of age may hunt unless he or she is accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    (b) Restrictions on possession or control of a firearm. No person 12 years of age or older but under 14 years of age may have in his or her possession or control any firearm unless he or she:
    1. Is accompanied by a parent or guardian; or
    2. Is enrolled in the course of instruction under the hunter education program and is carrying the firearm in a case and unloaded to or from that class or is handling or operating the firearm during that class under the supervision of an instructor.

    29.311 Shotshell restrictions.
    No person may hunt waterfowl or coots with any firearm using any shotshell classified by the federal government as toxic or harmful to wildlife or the environment.

    29.312 Rules regulating the sighting of a firearm.
    (2) The department may not promulgate or enforce a rule that prohibits a person from sighting a firearm on land owned or leased by that person or a member of that person’s immediate family during the 24−hour period prior to the opening date for hunting deer with firearms in any area where there is an open season for hunting deer with firearms.

    29.314 Shining animals.
    (1) DEFINITION. As used in this section:
    (am) “Laser sighting device” means a device for sighting a
    firearm that uses light amplification by stimulated emission of
    radiation to emit a beam of light that is visible to the human eye.
    (3) SHINING DEER, ELK, OR BEAR WHILE HUNTING OR POSSESSING WEAPONS PROHIBITED. (a) Prohibition. No person may use or possess with intent to use a light for shining deer, elk, or bear while the person is hunting deer, elk, or bear or in possession of a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow.
    (b) Exceptions. This subsection does not apply:
    4. To the holder of a Class C permit issued under s. 29.193 (2)
    (c) 4. who uses a laser sighting device while hunting with a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow.

    29.324 Group deer hunting.
    (1) In this section:
    (b) “Group deer hunting party” means 2 or more hunters hunting in a group all using firearms, each of whom holds an individual license to hunt deer.

    29.337 Hunting and trapping by landowners and occupants.
    (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:
    (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.
    (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.

    29.341 Duties on accidental shooting.
    (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.

    29.345 Hunting, fishing or trapping accident; failure to report.
    (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.
    (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.

    29.563 Fee schedule.
    (1) GENERAL.
    Unless specifically provided otherwise in this chapter, a person who applies for an approval shall pay the applicable fees specified in subs. (2) to (14).
    (11) MISCELLANEOUS PERMITS AND FEES. The fees for other
    approvals are as follows:
    (b) Instructional programs.
    1. Hunter education and firearm safety instruction fee: the fee as established by rule.
    (12) DUPLICATES OF APPROVALS. The fees for duplicate
    approvals are as follows:
    (c) Other.
    2. Hunter education and firearm safety course certificate of
    accomplishment: $2.

    29.591 Hunter education program and bow hunter education program.
    (c) In addition to the topics specified in par. (b), the course of
    instruction under the hunter education program shall provide
    instruction in the commonly accepted principles of safety in handling firearms and bows and arrows used in hunting and their associated equipment.

    29.621 Wildlife refuges.
    (4) PROTECTION. Except as provided in s. 29.091, no owner of
    a wildlife refuge, and no other person, may hunt or trap within the boundaries of any wildlife refuge or have in his or her possession or under his or her control in the wildlife refuge a gun, firearm, bow or crossbow, unless the gun or firearm is unloaded, the bow or crossbow is unstrung and the gun, firearm, bow or crossbow is enclosed within a carrying case.

    29.927 Public nuisances. The following are declared public
    nuisances:
    (6g) Any lamp, light, gun, firearm, ammunition, bow, crossbow or arrow used in violation of this chapter or s. 167.31 or any rules promulgated under s. 167.31.

    29.971 General penalty provisions.
    Any person who, for himself or herself, or by his or her agent or employee, or who, as agent or employee for another, violates this chapter shall be punished as follows:
    (12) In addition to any other penalty for violation of this chapter or any department order made under this chapter, the court may revoke or suspend any or all privileges and approvals granted under this chapter for a period of up to 3 years. If a person is convicted of reckless or highly negligent conduct in the operation or handling of a firearm or bow and arrow in violation of s. 940.08, 940.24 or 941.20 and either death or bodily harm to another results
    from that violation, the court shall revoke every approval issued to that person under this chapter and shall provide a fixed period during which no new approval may be issued to the person.
    Last edited by Doug Huffman; 06-30-2010 at 06:09 PM. Reason: Continuing

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