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September 2, 2011

Here are answers to some of the recent most frequently asked law enforcement questions taken this week by the DNR Call Center.
The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463.

Question 1: I went to the DNR's webpage on hunter education courses. But I could not find any with a link allowing for registration. Are they all full, or am I missing something?

Answer: There are classes available, but not as many as a few months ago. And, online registration may not be available for several months to a year. However, you can view upcoming classes here. Choices are dwindling the closer the hunting seasons get.

Hunter education courses are offered the most often during the mid spring to early summer, and again in late summer to early fall with a few in October. Volunteers teach the courses and most are hunters themselves, meaning they schedule classes to be able to enjoy the seasons, too. Courses are posted as soon as we are notified by our volunteers and removed as soon as they are full.

The best advice is to plan ahead so you can find the class best for you, get your certification and plan your hunting season. The longer you put it off the harder it is to find a class.

Question 2: Is there a limit to the number of guns a person can carry when group deer hunting? For example, when dragging out a deer, can one person carry all the rifles?

Answer: There is no limit to the number of guns. One person may carry the weapons while the others in the group remove the deer from the woods. The exception is if hunting under the mentor hunting program. Then, the restriction of one gun, one mentor and an arm's reach applies.

Question 3: What tags can be used where and when it comes to deer hunting?

Answer: The answer depends entirely upon where you are hunting and in what deer management unit. To find your answer, please consult the regulations, for your answer.

Question 4: What are the setline rules for snapping turtles? Does a person only need their regular fishing license?

Answer: It is only legal to use a setline for taking turtles if you have a setline license and comply with all the same rules for use of setlines that must be followed for fishing with a setline. Only certain waters are open for fishing or taking turtles with a setline. These rules can be found in the Wisconsin Setline, Set and Bank Pole regulations pamphlet.

Turtles can also be taken by hook and line with sport fishing tackle (rod and reel), by hand or by the method known as hooking or with a hoop net turtle trap. A license that authorizes hunting small game allows a person to take turtles by hand, "hooking" and with a hoop net turtle trap. A set pole or bank pole license authorizes the use of up to five set or bank poles on waters open to use of set or bank poles. The season for turtles is July 15 to November 30. Turtles only may be sold dead and only during the open season. The bag and possession limit is 3 snappy turtles, 3 softshell turtles, and 5 in total of all other species (not threatened or endangered). Snapping turtles must have a shell length that is between 12 to 16 inches from front to back along the contour. Additional information on turtle trap specifications, seasons, methods and bag limits, you may also refer to the Hook & Line fishing regulations or the Reptile and Amphibian Regulations pamphlet.

Last revised: Friday August 31 2012