Wisconsin Committee Approves Hunter Anti-Harassment Bill

SB 338 is intended to amend current statute to further protect the rights of legal hunters, trappers and fishermen. The bill was approved by the Committee on Sporting Heritage and will now before the Wisconsin Senate for a full vote.
Bill Text Summary:
This bill makes changes to the laws prohibiting certain activities that interfere with hunting, fishing, and trapping.
Current law prohibits a person from engaging in certain intentional conduct that interferes with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping. The conduct prohibited under current law (prohibited conduct) includes harassing a wild animal, impeding or obstructing a person who is engaged in lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping, or impeding a person who is engaged in an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping.
Current law generally defines an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping, as travel, camping, or other acts that are preparatory to lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping. This bill expands this definition so that it also includes scouting, target shooting, dog training, and animal baiting or feeding.
The bill also expands the prohibitions in current law so that a person may not interfere or attempt to interfere with an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping by engaging in prohibited conduct. The bill also expands the types of conduct prohibited to include disturbing a lawfully placed hunting stand, disturbing lawfully placed bait or other feed, using a drone under certain circumstances, and engaging in a series of acts (serial conduct) that are intended to impede or obstruct a person engaged in lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping or an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping. The types of serial conduct prohibited include maintaining a visual or physical proximity to the person,
approaching or confronting the person, or photographing the person.