Unlawful Hunting Practices
Trespassing and Permission
- Hunting without landowner consent is illegal, including on rights-of-way.
- Written permissions are mandatory for hunting on posted lands.
- Hunting under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited.
- It is unlawful to hold, possess, release, or import wildlife without a DNR permit.
- Concealing or possessing wildlife known to be illegally taken is a violation.
- Hunters must make a reasonable effort to retrieve killed or crippled game.
- It's illegal to hunt or harm farmed deer or exotic wild animals under a wild animal license.
Safety and Respect
- Do not hunt or shoot from or across public roads.
- Hunting from vehicles, planes, or boats under power is forbidden.
- Selling or buying game species or their parts is illegal with few exceptions (certain deer parts, furbearer hides, and alligator products).
- Remotely discharging firearms via computer or device for hunting is banned.
- Drugs, poisons, chemicals, explosives, or electronically-amplified sounds for hunting game are prohibited.
- Taking game with pitfalls, deadfalls, snares, nets, live decoys, or baited hooks is unlawful.
- Using electronic communications for pursuing game is illegal.
Disturbance of Wildlife
- Disturbing or driving wildlife from their homes or dens is prohibited.
- Discharging firearms within 50 yards of a public road is not allowed.
- Wildlife cannot be blinded with lights.