Written by Andy Lundin
QUESTION. Please explain the new law regarding a taxidermist’s requirement to record DNR
carcass identification numbers (tag/harvest authorization numbers).
ANSWER. In March 2016, Wisconsin 2015 Act 89 took effect, which created this new
requirement in law. If interested, the specific legal language can be viewed in Wisconsin State
Statute 29.506(1)(am) & 29.506(5)(c). In short, this law change liberalized most user-harvest
measures (durable unique carcass tags, etc.) but included a modified taxidermist record
keeping requirement to maintain harvest integrity. Since March 2016, there have been
additional significant changes to the laws related to fish & game, which have also impacted
this change. During my presentation at the February 2018 WTA convention I provided an
update on what the changes meant as of that date. As of the time of this writing, here are the
legal requirements for licensed taxidermists to be aware of and follow regarding this specific
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Written by Troy Piotrowski
Hey Fellow Members,
Wasn't that a dragged out winter / spring combination? The spring turkey hunt was about two weeks
behind and opening day of fishing found anglers looking for soft water rather than the hard variety.
Here we are now full swing into summer and I dare to say it's almost too hot. It's going to be a fast
summer, I feel like we've lost a month which in turn means the August Rendezvous will be right
around the corner.
Be sure to book your rooms early for the Rendezvous, the Insight has hotel and booking
information. Rooms will fill up fast with vacationers. This year's schedule is a little different from
past Rendezvous', we are trying to streamline it to get everything accomplished by the end of
Saturday, that means Sunday you are free to leave or go sightseeing.
If you never attended the Rendezvous, I encourage you to come on out. The mini competition is
open to all animals, bring a display piece from your shop, get a critique and who knows you might
get a ribbon. It's a very laid-back and casual competition if you're just starting out, this is a good one
to get into. After all, we are all here to learn.
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