“Bonafide research program" means planned study and investigation undertaken to discover or establish facts or principles leading to increased, useful scientific knowledge.
“Useful scientific knowledge" means new information contributing to the long-term well-being of wild animals and their habitats, or providing educational opportunities in the natural sciences.
(a) Permits not required.
Scientific collectors permits are not required for the collection of wild plants, unprotected wild animals taken legally, or wild animals obtained from licensed game farms or fish hatcheries.
(b) Bird banding.
Scientific collectors permits will be required for trapping and banding protected nonmigratory upland game birds.
A person is not required to possess a separate hunting, fishing or trapping license while collecting under a scientific collector permit.
(d) Endangered species.
Endangered or threatened wild animals may be collected only under authority of endangered species permits issued by the department pursuant to s. 29.604
, Stats., and ch. NR 27
Tagging of fish.
Scientific collectors permits are required to capture a wild fish, attach a tag to any part of it, and then to release it back into waters of the state.
Applications for scientific collectors permits shall be made on application forms provided by the department and include:
Such additional information as may be requested by the department.
(b) Narrative proposal.
All permit applications shall be accompanied by a written proposal stating the objectives, justifications, procedures, times and places of collection, application of results and sponsor, if any, of the project described in the application.
Permits shall be issued in the name of the applicant. All agents of the permittee assisting in the permitted collections will be listed on the permit. Separate copies of permits shall be signed and carried by each person named in the permit when that person is acting under it in the absence of the permittee.
(b) Specimen materials.
A permit will be issued for collections yielding preserved specimen materials only when such materials are to be kept in a place and manner where students and the public have access to them. Private collections to be kept in a manner not open to the public will not be approved.
NR 19.11(4)(c)1.1. `Contents.'
Permits will contain conditions deemed necessary by the department to protect the resources of the state and assure use of specimens taken are in compliance with s. 29.614
Permits issued to nonresidents will set forth conditions of removal of specimens from the state.
Permits involving the capture, marking, collection, possession or salvage of migratory birds or parts, nests or eggs of migratory birds will not be issued under this section until the applicant possesses a permit issued by the U.S. fish and wildlife service for that activity.
Permits under this section are not required for banding or marking capture-and-release activities authorized under a permit issued by the U.S. fish and wildlife service.
4. `Size of collections.'
Permits will not be issued which authorize collections endangering the population of animals the collection would draw from, or exceeding the number of animals required to meet the permittee's objectives.
5. `Unprotected species.'
Permits will not be issued for the collection of protected species if unprotected species can be used to accomplish the same purposes.
Living unharmed specimens collected during the course of permitted activities shall be returned to the wild at the point of capture, unless otherwise provided in the permit.
Any endangered or threatened species taken unintentionally during the course of permitted activities shall be immediately released if unharmed.
Injured or dead wild animal specimens shall be immediately turned over to the department employee named in the permit unless otherwise provided in the permit.
(b) Notification of department.
Each permittee shall notify the department employee named in the permit at least 48 hours prior to collecting of the time and place where specimens will be collected.
(c) Marked gear.
All traps, nets and any other gear used for capturing wild animals under terms of a permit shall be marked with the permit number, name and address of the permittee.
(d) Trap and net tending.
All traps, nets and other capture emptied by the permittee at least once each 24-hour period.
NR 19.11(5)(e)1.1. `Gill nets.'
Gill nets may not be used in inland waters unless specifically authorized by a permit.
All buoys and buoy staffs shall be marked and maintained as required by the department. The permit number, name and address of the permittee shall be maintained in plain figures on the bowl of the buoy.
3. `Sport fishing equipment.'
Hook and line fishing equipment and spearing equipment may not be possessed on a boat operating under a permit without prior approval of the department.
NR 19.11(6)(a)(a) Records.
Each permittee shall keep current records, in the English language, of all collections under the permit. Records of collections shall be made available to the department during normal business hours, or upon 8 hours notice at other times.
(b) Required reports.
Permittees shall supply information requested by the department and annually file a complete and accurate report on forms covering activities conducted under authority of the permit. Unless otherwise provided in the permit, such reports shall be filed using a report form provided by the department not later than January 10 of the year following expiration of the permit.
Annual reports by permittees shall include:
The common name, scientific name and number of each species and type of specimen material collected;
Specimens collected under the authority of the scientific collector permit may be transferred to and possessed by an educational institution for exhibition or education purposes upon completion of the project or expiration of the permit. Environmental consulting organizations may retain specimens following permit expiration provided the specimens are marked in a manner prescribed by the department. An educational institution or environmental consulting organization possessing specimens shall possess written proof of source, including the scientific collector permit number of the source and present that proof upon request by the department.
NR 19.11 Note
Note: Application forms for scientific collectors permits under this section may be obtained from any department regional office. Federal permits for migratory birds may be obtained from the Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Building, Fort Snelling, Twin Cities, MN 55111.
NR 19.11 History
Cr. Register, April, 1966, No. 124
, eff. 5-1-66; renum. from WCD 19.11 to be NR 19.11, and am. (1) intro. par., (1) (h), (2) intro. par. and (2) (c), Register, April, 1971, No. 184
, eff. 4-1-71; cr. (5) (e) and (6), Register, September, 1978, No. 273
, eff. 10-1-78; r. and recr. (2), r. (5) (a), Register, August, 1979, No. 284
, eff. 9-1-79; r. and recr. Register, November, 1981, No. 311
, eff. 12-1-81; r. and recr. (2) (c), cr. (3) (a) 9., (4) (c) 3.b. and (7), am. (4) (c) 3., r. (6) (c) 3., renum. (6) (c) 4. and 5. to 3. and 4., Register, August, 1986, No. 368
, eff. 9-1-86; CR 03-030
: am. (1) (intro.) Register October 2003 No. 574
, eff. 11-1-03; CR 03-014
: cr. (2) (e) Register October 2003 No. 575
, eff. 4-1-04.
NR 19.115 Fish, fur, game seals.
Fish, fur, game seals shall be attached by or at the direction of the department to fish, fur or game articles which may be sold pursuant to s. 29.934 (1)
, Stats. Each seal shall be issued for a particular article only and no seal may be attached or assigned to any other article. No person may possess or transfer any seal to another person except as incidental to the possession, purchase, sale, trade or transfer of the article of fish, fur, or game for which the seal was issued.
NR 19.115 History
Cr. Register, March, 1990, No. 411
, eff. 4-1-90.
Tagging the carcasses of wild animals, birds and fish taken on Indian reservations. NR 19.12(1)(a)
Each authorized person who has taken a protected wild animal, bird or fish on an Indian reservation, under provisions of the reservation's treaty rights during the off-reservation closed season for such game set by the department of natural resources, shall before removing the carcass or part thereof of such animal, bird or fish from the reservation, contact and exhibit it during ordinary working hours to a conservation warden of the department of natural resources or to any tribal member authorized by the particular tribe and designated by the department of natural resources.
The conservation warden or designated tribal member shall inspect all such carcasses, attach and lock a special lettered and numbered tag to each carcass or part thereof, and maintain a record book containing the following information: the date, the reservation, the name and address of the person being issued the tag, the species and description of the wild animal, bird or fish being tagged, the destination, and the name and address of the person issuing the tag. Such record book shall be exhibited to the department of natural resources at reasonable hours for inspection and duplication. Failure to maintain and exhibit such a record book containing the above information shall be sufficient cause for the department of natural resources to revoke the authority of the official to issue any more tags. The secretary of the department of natural resources may take such revocation action without requiring that a hearing be held on the matter.
The special lettered and numbered tag shall be distributed to the conservation warden or designated tribal member by the department of natural resources at such times and in such numbers as it deems appropriate. During the off-reservation closed season for such wild animal, bird or fish, no person shall remove any such carcass or part thereof from an Indian reservation without such a tag being attached and locked. No person shall remove the tag prior to consumption of the animal, bird or fish carcass tagged. No endangered species shall be tagged. No person other than a conservation warden or designated tribal member shall have unused tags in his or her possession.
If a Wisconsin tribe complies with the licensing and tagging requirements of s. 29.047 (1) (d) 1m.
, Stats., the tagging requirements under this section may be waived by the department.
Animals killed by motor vehicles. NR 19.13(1)(1)
No person may possess the carcass of a wild animal killed by a motor vehicle except as authorized by the department or as authorized by s. 29.349
No person authorized to take possession of a carcass under sub. (1)
Fail to immediately remove the entire carcass from the scene, or
Selectively remove parts of the carcass from the scene.
No person may deposit or dispose of the carcass of a wild animal killed by a motor vehicle on any land or property owned, under easement to, or lease by federal, state, county, or municipal government, including highway right-of-ways, except where such deposit or disposal is explicitly authorized using established solid waste disposal receptacles and facilities.
NR 19.13 Note
The term “carcass” is defined in s. 29.001 (18)
Stats. as the dead body of any wild animal, including any part of the wild animal or the eggs of the wild animal.
NR 19.13 Note
Note: This section prevents field dressing of animals killed by motor vehicles, within the highway right-of-way.
NR 19.13 Note
Note: This sub. does not prevent the movement of a carcass to the shoulder or ditch to maintain highway safety.
NR 19.13 History
Cr. Register, June 1976, No. 246
, eff. 7-1-76; am. Register, August, 1994, No. 464
, eff. 9-1-94; am. (3), Register, October, 1997, No. 502
, eff. 11-1-97; CR 04-046
: am. (4) and (5) Register September 2004 No. 585
, eff. 10-1-04; CR 05-031
: am. (3) Register November 2005 No. 599
, eff. 12-1-05; correction in (4) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register May 2013 No. 689
; CR 16-037
: r. and recr. Register April 2017 No. 736
, eff. 5-1-17.
Wild animal protection.
Unless engaged in dog training or dog trials as authorized by the department in s. NR 17.001 (3)
, or other activity specifically authorized by the department, a closed season is established and no person may harass, disturb, pursue, shoot, trap, catch, take, or kill protected wild animals by any means, except as described under s. NR 12.10 (1) (b) 4.
NR 19.25 History
Cr. Register, August, 1980, No. 296
, eff. 9-1-80; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, October, 1997, No. 502
; CR 01-006
: am. Register August 2001 No. 548
, eff. 9-1-01; CR 05-031
: am. Register November 2005 No. 599
, eff. 12-1-05.
Season and restrictions for taking frogs. NR 19.26(1)(1)
The open season for frogs runs from the Saturday nearest to May 1 to December 31.
No person may take frogs with the aid of a firearm or air gun.
NR 19.26 History
Cr. Register, May, 2000, No. 533
, eff. 6-1-00; CR 03-030
: r. and recr. Register October 2003 No. 574
, eff. 11-1-03.
Seasons, limits, restrictions on taking crayfish.
There is a closed season established for taking crayfish except when taken during the open season by the following methods:
- See PDF for table
Use live crayfish as bait on the inland waters except on the Mississippi river.
Possess live crayfish while on any inland waters of the state, except the Mississippi river, unless that person is engaged in crayfish removal. Simultaneous possession of live crayfish and hook and line fishing equipment while on the inland waters, except the Mississippi river, shall be considered prima facie evidence of a violation of this subsection.
Place, deposit, throw or otherwise introduce live crayfish into any waters of the state unless a permit authorizing introduction has been issued by the department.
Take, possess or control a crayfish unless the person is in possession of a valid approval which authorizes the hunting of small game or which authorize fishing, unless otherwise exempt from the need to possess one of more of these approvals to hunt or fish under ch. 29