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LRB-3723/1
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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
June 29, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Edming, Krug, Kulp, Mursau,
Quinn, Ripp, Swearingen, Tittl and Tusler, cosponsored by Senators
Petrowski, Marklein, Olsen, Risser and Wanggaard. Referred to Committee
on Environment and Forestry.
AB416,1,3 1An Act to amend 29.983 (1) (a); and to create 29.983 (1) (c), 29.983 (1) (cg) and
229.983 (1) (cr) of the statutes; relating to: a higher wild animal protection
3surcharge for the unlawful taking of deer.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill increases the wild animal protection surcharge that a court may
impose when a person unlawfully hunts, snares, possesses, or controls a deer with
large antlers.
Under current law, if a court imposes a fine or forfeiture for the unlawful killing,
wounding, catching, taking, trapping, or possession of certain wild animals, the
court may impose a wild animal protection surcharge. The statute specifies the
amount of the surcharge allowed for each type of wild animal.
This bill allows a court to impose a higher wild animal protection surcharge
when it imposes a fine or forfeiture for the unlawful hunting, snaring, possession, or
control of a deer with antlers of a certain size. The bill requires the Department of
Natural Resources to establish a method for measuring antler size, and specifies the
amount of the surcharge for different sizes of antlers. If both a regular and a higher
wild animal protection surcharge are allowed, the bill requires a court to impose the
higher surcharge.

For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB416,1 1Section 1. 29.983 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB416,2,72 29.983 (1) (a) If a court imposes a fine or forfeiture for a violation of a provision
3of this chapter or an order issued under this chapter for the unlawful killing,
4wounding, catching, taking, trapping, or possession of a wild animal specified in par.
5(b), or any part of such a wild animal, the court may impose a wild animal protection
6surcharge under ch. 814 that equals the amount specified for the wild animal under
7par. (b), except as provided in par. (c).
AB416,2 8Section 2. 29.983 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
AB416,2,149 29.983 (1) (c) If a court imposes a fine for a violation of s. 29.971 (11) and the
10affected deer has antlers of a size specified in par. (cg), the court shall impose a wild
11animal protection surcharge under ch. 814 that equals the amount specified in par.
12(cg) for a deer with that size of antlers. If a wild animal protection surcharge under
13both pars. (b) and (cg) applies, the court shall impose the applicable wild animal
14protection surcharge listed under par. (cg).
AB416,3 15Section 3. 29.983 (1) (cg) of the statutes is created to read:
AB416,2,1716 29.983 (1) (cg) The amount of the wild animal protection surcharge imposed
17under ch. 814 for deer with antlers of the following sizes shall be as follows:
AB416,2,1918 1. For any deer with antlers measuring at least 125 inches but less than 150
19inches, not less than $43.75 nor more than $2,000.
AB416,2,2120 2. For any deer with antlers measuring at least 150 inches but less than 170
21inches, not less than $2,001 nor more than $5,000.
AB416,3,2
13. For any deer with antlers measuring 170 inches or more, not less than $5,001
2nor more than $10,000.
AB416,4 3Section 4. 29.983 (1) (cr) of the statutes is created to read:
AB416,3,64 29.983 (1) (cr) The department shall establish a method for measuring the size
5of the antlers of a deer to determine whether the wild animal protection surcharge
6amounts listed under par. (cg) apply.
AB416,5 7Section 5. Initial applicability.
AB416,3,98 (1) This act first applies to violations that occur on the effective date of this
9subsection.
AB416,3,1010 (End)
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