Town of St. Joseph, WI
St. Croix County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of St. Joseph 5-12-1967. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 190-1

§ 190-2

§ 190-3

§ 190-4
Declaration of policy. 

§ 190-5
Violations and penalties. 

§ 190-6
Confiscation of prohibited articles. 

§ 190-1 Firearms.

No person or persons shall discharge any firearm of any kind or description within the territorial limits of the unincorporated Villages of Houlton or Burkhardt, Town of St. Joseph, Wisconsin, or within 300 feet of any building located within the territorial limits of the Town of St. Joseph, Wisconsin, except as herein provided in § 190-3 of this chapter.

§ 190-2 Traps.

It shall be unlawful for any person to set, or open and leave set, any single- or double-spring steel trap larger than 11/2 inches in size, with or without saw teeth or jagged edges, at or in any place or position within the territorial limits of the Town of St. Joseph, Wisconsin, where it is possible for any person, domestic animal or fowl to step into or to become caught, injured, meshed or trapped and held in any manner in such steel trap.

§ 190-3 Exceptions.

The provisions of § 190-1 of this chapter do not apply to:


Any officer of the Town of St. Joseph or of the County of St. Croix or of the State of Wisconsin while in the performance of his duties.


Duly appointed agents or employees of the Town of St. Joseph who are appointed to destroy therein any injurious animals or birds at any season when such destruction is permitted pursuant to the laws of the State of Wisconsin.


Any rod or gun club, military unit or other organization that uses firearms within the town solely for the purpose of target practice, when such use occurs only in such places where no danger or hazard is created to property owners and to the general public and when such area being used for target practice is approved by the Town Board or Town Constable.

§ 190-4 Declaration of policy.

Each of the articles or instruments in §§ 190-1 and 190-2 of this chapter is hereby declared to be a dangerous weapon, and the use thereof in the manner stated, except as provided in § 190-3, is declared to be against the public policy and such use is prohibited under the power of the Town Board to act for the health, safety and welfare of the public within the territorial limits of the Town of St. Joseph, Wisconsin.

§ 190-5 Violations and penalties.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall forfeit to the Town of St. Joseph a sum of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for each and every offense, together with the costs of the action, and in default of immediate payment of said forfeiture and costs said offender shall be confined in the county jail not exceeding 30 days or until such forfeiture and costs have been paid in full.

§ 190-6 Confiscation of prohibited articles.

In addition to the penalty prescribed in § 190-5, any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall have the article or instrument being used in violation of this chapter seized and confiscated by the arresting officer, and upon conviction the court hearing the matter may order the destruction of said instrument or article.