Captive wildlife regulations and licenses
2003 Wisconsin Act 56 established new standards and licenses for possession of captive wildlife in State stat. CH 169 and Administrative Code s. NR 16 further explains the purpose of and standard conditions for each captive wildlife license.
All captive wildlife licenses are subject to:
- Captive Wildlife Pen Specifications and Transportation Standards [PDF]
- Record and reporting requirements (below are links to Report Forms for each license).
If a captive wild animal is imported into Wisconsin from a legal source in another state, an animal import permit is required from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection prior to the animal entering Wisconsin.
Wildlife farms and exhibits
- Captive wild animal farm license regulations
- Captive wild animal farm license application
- Amphibian and reptile regulations
- Nonprofit educational exhibit license application
- Non-resident temporary exhibiting license application
- record-keeping and reporting requirements Quarterly Report Form and Annual Report Form
In order to possess a migratory bird under a captive wild animal farm license or a nonprofit educational exhibit license, a Federal Migratory Bird Special Purpose Possession - Education (live) Permit is also required from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
If you plan on exhibiting captive wild animals to the public you may also need a United States Department of Agriculture Class C Exhibit License .
Wild fur farm
- Wild fur farm regulations
- Wild fur farm license application
- Wild Fur Farm Annual Report Form
- Wild Fur Farm Quarterly Report
In order to possess captive white-tailed deer in Wisconsin, it is required to have a valid fencing certificate from the DNR. This fencing certificate is only required for farmers who wish to raise white-tailed deer. Nonwhite-tailed deer are not regulated by the DNR but all captive farm-raised deer keepers are required to be licensed and registered by the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection .
Wild animal hunting or hound dog training/trialing
- Bird hunting preserve regulations
- Bird hunting preserve license application
- Bird hunting preserve annual report
- Wisconsin Bird Dog & Dog Club Training Regulations
- Bird dog training application and license
- Wisconsin dog trialing regulations
- Wisconsin hound dog & dog club training regulations
- Hound dog training, dog club training and dog trail application and license
- Hound dog training enclosure regulations
- Hound dog training enclosure permit application
Free premise registration is required of all livestock owners, including captive game birds. This is an important component of maintaining the health of domestic and wild birds. Registration is free and confidential through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture which also provides additional information. Register online , or call the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium at 888-808-1910.