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Hunting in Wisconsin: Regulations for Hunting With Dogs

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 03:59 PM

Hunting in Wisconsin with dogs can be a rewarding experience for both master and pet. Dogs can be helpful for hunters pursuing birds and other small game.

A good hunting dog can sniff out a target animal, force it out of its hiding place and give a hunter a clean shot at bagging their prey.

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Many hunters enjoy bringing a canine companion along with them to enhance the hunting experience. Like other aspects of hunting, it is governed by specific regulations and it is important for hunters to know and understand these regulations, so they are compliant with state laws.

No deer hunting
It is illegal in Wisconsin to use dogs to hunt deer. Dogs kept on a leash can be used to follow a blood trail of a suspected dead deer. This is only permissible as long as the tracker does not possess a firearm, bow or crossbow while tracking.

‘Fall only’ turkey hunts

Dogs are legal to use for hunting small game mammals, game birds, furbearing animals, migratory game birds and unprotected species. The only exception to this rule is that dogs can be used on wild turkey hunts only during the fall season.

Private property
Dogs are considered private property and protected under Wisconsin law. Owners can still be held responsible for any damage caused by their dogs while hunting or if their dogs are allowed run at large.

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Running at large
It is illegal to let a dog run at large unless they are engaged in training or another legal hunting activity. Dogs allowed to run on lands where permission to hunt has not been obtained from a landowner are considered to be running at large.

They may be taken into custody as a stray animal and be delivered to an animal shelter, humane officer or law enforcement officer.

Dog training
Dogs being trained for hunting small game must be monitored or supervised by a person at all times. The dog should be trained only on land open to public hunting or on private land where the trainer has obtained permission from the landowner to hunt with or train their dog.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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