Except as provided in subds. 1.
, construct, occupy, place, or use any elevated or ground blind or other elevated device except:
On any land open to hunting not identified in subds. 2.
, portable tree stands and blinds may remain placed only during the daily timeframe beginning one hour prior to, and ending one hour after, the shooting hours established in s. NR 10.06
On any land not part of the state park system, open to hunting and located north of State Highway 64, portable tree stands and blinds may remain placed throughout the timeframe beginning September 1 and ending January 31.
On any land that is part of the state park system, open to hunting, and located north of State Highway 64, portable tree stands and blinds may remain placed throughout the timeframe beginning seven days prior to, and ending seven days after, an established fall hunting period.
Portable tree stands and blinds may be occupied and used while lawfully placed under subds. 1.
Cause damage to trees by the placement or erection of portable tree stands or by any other manner while climbing or hunting from a tree. Careful pruning, flush with the trunk of the tree, of limbs less than 1 inch in diameter on a tree in which a tree stand is used shall not be considered causing damage to the tree.
Hunt from any ground blind during any open season or special hunt for hunting deer with firearms unless the outside of the blind displays a minimum of 144 square inches of material that is a solid highly visible color commonly referred to as blaze orange, florescent orange, or florescent blaze orange, or commonly referred to as bright pink or fluorescent pink and is visible 360 degrees around the blind. Blinds that are left unoccupied shall have the owner's customer identification number or name and address written in the English language attached to the outside of the blind in a conspicuous location near the entrance to the blind and be kept legible at all times.
Place, use, or own an unoccupied tree stand unless the owner's department customer identification number, or the owner's name and address, is written in the English language, attached to the tree stand in a manner so it is clearly visible to a person standing on the ground, and kept legible at all times.
Place more than two portable tree stands or blinds on department lands located in the same county.
NR 45.09 Note
Section NR 45.04 (3) (g)
prohibits any person from destroying, molesting, possessing without permission, removing or attempting to remove the property of another.
Nothing in this section shall prohibit the use of these weapons on designated target ranges within the areas listed in sub. (1)
Nothing in this section shall prohibit:
Hunting in state parks as established in s. NR 10.275
or as otherwise specifically established by rule.
Possession of uncased or loaded firearms, bows, crossbows or air guns while on foot and in route to a state park area where hunting is allowed. This paragraph does not allow the discharge of a firearm, bow, crossbow, or air gun from or across state park areas where hunting is not allowed.
The use of a firearm for the purposes of killing an animal lawfully trapped in a state park.
(5) No person may discharge any firearm or air gun while within the exterior boundary of state-owned lands posted with department signs in Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, La Crosse, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha and Winnebago counties, or on state forest lands in the Kettle Moraine or Point Beach state forests, fish hatcheries, state parks, state recreation areas, state natural areas, from or across a state campground, picnic area or other special use area designated by the department which is not open to hunting, or on state trails established on railroad grades, except as follows:
While engaged in hunting or dispatching a lawfully trapped animal in compliance with sub. (1)
and the open seasons established in s. NR 10.01
While engaged in dog trials under department permit.
While training dogs in designated areas under department permit.
When authorized by the department upon issuance of a special use permit.
NR 45.09 Note
State park hunting and trapping closures authorized under s. 29.089
, Stats. are established on property maps that may be obtained on the DNR website (dnr.wi.gov) keyword “hunting state parks". Additional closures of designated use areas may also be established by posted notice. Hunting and trapping closures may be limited to certain species and seasons. See also s. NR 10.275
Unless authorized by the department, no person may pursue, drive or chase animals on lands subject to this chapter that are closed to hunting.
NR 45.09 History
Cr. Register, December, 1983, No. 336
, eff. 1-1-84; am. (4) and (5) (intro.), Register, December, 1987, No. 384
, eff. 1-1-88; cr. (6), Register, May, 1993, No. 449
, eff. 6-1-93; am. (2) and (5) (intro.), Register, December, 1993, No. 456
, eff. 1-1-94; am. (2), Register, November, 1995, No. 479
, eff. 12-1-95; corrections in (2) and (4) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, November, 1998, No. 515
; am. (1) and (2), cr. (7), Register, December, 1999, No. 528
, eff. 1-1-00; CR 01-008
: am. (5) (intro.), Register November 2001 No. 551
, eff. 4-1-02; emerg. cr. (9), eff. 7-3-02; CR 03-016
: cr. (9) Register August 2003 No. 572
, eff. 9-1-03; CR 03-035
: am. (4), Register December 2003 No. 576
, eff. 1-1-04; CR 04-092
: am. (5) (intro.) and (a), cr. (10) Register April 2005 No. 592
, eff. 5-1-05; CR 05-017
: am. (2) Register October 2005 No. 598
, eff. 2-1-06; CR 05-102
: r. (10) Register June 2006 No. 606
, eff. 7-1-06; CR 05-086
: am. (4) Register June 2006 No. 606
, eff. 7-1-06; CR 06-037
: am. (2) Register June 2007 No. 618
, eff. 7-1-07; CR 07-015
: r. and recr. (2) Register September 2007 No. 621
, eff. 2-1-08; CR 08-011
: cr. (5) (e) Register September 2008 No. 633
, eff. 2-1-09; CR 10-042
: cr. (10), am. (5) (intro.) and (a) Register December 2010 No. 660
, eff. 1-1-11; CR 08-022
: am. (1), cr. (11) Register December 2010 No. 660
, eff. 1-1-11; CR 11-007
: am. (5) (intro.) Register October 2011 No. 670
, eff. 2-1-12; CR 13-108
: am. (1), renum. (4) to (4) (intro.) and am., cr. (4) (a) to (c) Register August 2014 No. 704
, eff. 9-1-14; EmR1420
: emerg. am. (1), eff. 9-12-14; CR 13-071
: am. (1), r. (9) Register July 2015 No. 715
, eff. 8-1-15; CR 16-028
: renum. (2) (a) to (a) (intro.) and am., cr. (2) (a) 1. to 4., am. (2) (b) Register July 2017 No. 739
, eff. 8-1-17; correction in (2) (a) (intro.) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register July 2017 No. 739
; CR 16-001
: am. (1), cr. (4) (d), am. (5) (intro.), (a), (b), cr. (5) (f), r. (6), (10), (11) Register July 2017 No. 739
, eff. 8-1-17; CR 18-005
: am. (2) (c) Register September 2018 No. 753
, eff. 10-1-18; CR 19-017
: am. (5) (intro.) Register January 2020 No. 769
, eff. 2-1-20.
General range rules.
No person at a shooting range may:
Discharge any weapon on the range while any part of a person is down range of the firing line.
Point any weapon in use at the designated firing line in any direction other than down range.
Fail to comply with a cease fire order called by the range officer or any other person.
Fail to make reasonable efforts to ensure all discharged projectiles impact the backstop.
Shoot at targets that are not placed in designated target area or affixed to target stands, if provided, unless the person is sighting or patterning a shotgun with size T or smaller shot.
Shoot at items placed on the ground or at targets not posted at the designated height, unless the person is sighting or patterning a shotgun with size T or smaller shot.
Unless otherwise posted at the range, shoot during the period beginning at sunset and ending at sunrise.
Shoot, or attempt to shoot structures or objects that are not designated targets, or that are outside designated firing lanes.
Shoot at archery targets with anything other than a bow or crossbow.
Use incendiary, exploding, glass or other breakable materials as targets.
Fail to properly dispose of targets other than clay targets used on an established shotgun shooting range.
Fail to collect and properly remove or dispose of all spent shell casings and cartridges, live ammunition, targets, arrows, bolts, and materials brought onto the range.
While shooting at a shooting range, possess or consume an intoxicant or other restricted controlled substance.
In addition to being subject to the penalties set forth in s. 27.98,
Stats., a person who violates any provision in this section may be evicted from the shooting range pursuant to s. NR 45.04 (3) (b)
This section does not apply to training activities conducted by a law enforcement agency.
NR 45.095 History
History: CR 16-001
: cr. Register July 2017 No. 739
, eff. 8-1-17; correction in (2) made under s. 35.17
, Stats., Register July 2017 No. 739
On state-owned islands and sandbars in the Lower Wisconsin state riverway.
On other state-owned islands outside of state forest boundaries when the island is posted open to camping.
In state Ice Age Trail areas as defined in s. NR 1.29 (3) (d)
and on lands purchased for the Ice Age Trail by those hiking the Ice Age Trail where the trail segment is posted open to camping.
On properties purchased for the North Country Trail by those hiking the North Country Trail where the trail segment is posted open to camping.
On state-owned sandbars on the Lower Chippewa River downstream from County Highway “H" in Dunn County to the confluence with the Mississippi River, excluding the northerly shoreline portion between Dunnville Road and the mouth of the Red Cedar River.
No person may camp in designated camping areas without a permit and the payment of prescribed daily
fees where required.
A camping permit shall be obtained prior to setting up camp, unless otherwise posted.
No camping party may move from its assigned campsite to another campsite without prior approval from the park or forest office.
All camping permits expire at 3:00 p.m. on the last day of the permit period.
No camping party may start setting up or taking down its camping unit between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and the following 6:00 a.m. except for juvenile or adult groups camping at the Devil's Lake North Shore campground and Governor Dodge Cox Hollow campground during the period from October 1 through April 30.
Violation of any state law or any rules of the department by a member or guest of a member of a camping party is cause for revocation of the camping permit and eviction from the property.
Any person without an advance camping reservation who is at a property may request a camping permit for a site to be occupied that day and one additional permit for the same time for another camping party, provided he or she has all the required information for registration to obtain both camping permits. Any person making advance reservations for a camping permit may apply for additional permits for themselves or others, providing he or she has all the required information to obtain the camping permits. Group leaders and parents of juvenile campers may obtain permits for use by juvenile or adult groups. The person to whom the campsite is registered shall be part of the camping party on that site.
All registrants without an advance camping reservation shall occupy the site with a camping unit the first night of the registration and every night for the duration of the reservation. The department shall require on reserved sites that a camping unit occupy the reserved site by 3:00 p.m. on the second day of the reservation and be present for the duration of the reservation.
Once a camping reservation has been confirmed, the reservation's original end date may not be extended beyond that date.
The department reserves the right to reject or cancel camping reservations when necessary to protect either campers or the natural resources.
If 2 camping parties are inadvertently assigned the same campsite, the department may assign one of the camping parties to another site and adjust the fees charged.
Camping permits are not required and payment of daily camping fees is waived when camping on state-owned islands in the Mississippi river or state-owned islands or sandbars in the Lower Wisconsin state riverway, on state-owned sandbars on the Lower Chippewa River, on other state-owned islands outside state forest boundaries when the island is posted open to camping, in properties described in sub. (1) (a) 5.
, designated campsites on the Willow flowage and designated watercraft campsites in the northern state forests, Chippewa flowage, Menominee River natural resources area or the Turtle-Flambeau scenic waters area except a camping permit, reservation and fee are required on campsites B3, B4, B5, B6, B7 and B8 in the Turtle-Flambeau scenic waters area.
Camping is restricted to one day only at designated watercraft campsites in northern state forests and in properties described in sub. (1) (a) 5.
, up to 3 days as posted on state-owned islands outside state forest boundaries, to 3 days on state-owned islands and sandbars in the Lower Wisconsin state riverway and state-owned sandbars on the Lower Chippewa River and to 10 days at designated campsites on the northern flowage properties and to 14 days on state-owned islands in the Mississippi River. Camping at these locations is restricted to persons and their equipment arriving by watercraft only. Campsites on state-owned islands in the Mississippi River shall be occupied daily and associated camping equipment or other property may not be left unattended for over 24 hours.
No person may use family campground shower facilities in any state park or forest unless that person is a registered camper.
When camping at designated campsites at the northern flowage properties, the campsite shall be occupied by the camping party on the first night camping equipment occupies the site, and the campsite may not be left unoccupied by the camping party for more than one night of the permit period.
The department may terminate the reservation or registration for any site not being occupied in accordance with this subsection.
Any camping reservation transaction made 11 months prior to arrival may not be altered in any way for a minimum of 18 days from the original transaction date.
No more than one camping party may occupy a single campsite. No camping party consisting of a non-family group may exceed 6 persons.
No person may camp and no camping unit shall remain for a period greater than 14 days in any 3-week period in the property of registration. After 14 days, the camping unit and camping party shall be removed from the property for at least 7 days before being eligible to return. The requirement to vacate the campground for 7 days is only applicable for the following named campgrounds in the northern state forests: Crystal Lake, Muskie Lake, Firefly Lake, Clear Lake and Indian Mounds campground in the Northern Highland-American Legion state forest. For all other campgrounds in the northern forest, users may transfer to other campgrounds on the property without waiting for 7 days.
Extension within the 14-day limit may be granted on camping permits if the site is available. Extension may be obtained up to the day prior to expiration of the camping permit during posted office hours at the state park or forest campgrounds. Extensions beyond the 14-day limit, for up to 7 days, may be granted on camping permits in a calendar year when camping prior to Memorial Day weekend or after Labor Day weekend if the site is available. An extension may be obtained up to the day prior to expiration of the camping permit during posted office hours at the state park or forest campgrounds.
No person may park any motor vehicle outside the parking area designated at each campsite. No person may park more than 2 motor vehicles in the parking area of any campsite, except that as many as 6 motorcycles are permitted for members of a camping party registered as a non-family group.
No more than one recreation trailer, pickup truck camper or motor home may occupy a campsite. Pickup campers or motor homes pulling a trailer shall be treated as a single unit.
(2m) Outdoor group camping, backpack camping and reservable remote camping on the Northern Highland-American Legion state forest. NR 45.10(2m)(a)
No person may camp and no camping unit may remain on a group or backpack campsite or in backpack camping areas or on reservable remote camping sites on the Northern Highland-American Legion state forest
for a period exceeding that authorized by the camping permit and in no case for a period exceeding any of the following:
14 days for backpack camping areas as authorized by a special camp registration permit.
14 days for reservable, remote camping sites on the Northern Highland-American Legion state forest.