481A.48  Restrictions on game birds and animals.

1.  No person, except as otherwise provided by law, shall willfully disturb, pursue, shoot, kill, take or attempt to take or have in possession any of the following game birds or animals except within the open season established by the commission: Gray or fox squirrel, bobwhite quail, cottontail or jack rabbit, duck, snipe, pheasant, goose, woodcock, partridge, coot, rail, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, pigeons, or deer. The seasons, bag limits, possession limits and locality shall be established by the department or commission under the authority of sections 456A.24, 481A.38, and 481A.39.

2.  The commission may adopt rules for the taking and possession of migratory birds which are subject to the federal "Migratory Bird Treaty Act" and "Migratory Bird Stamp Hunting Act" during the time and in the manner permitted under those federal Acts. The commission shall not adopt a rule for the taking or possession of a migratory bird for which an open season is not authorized by another paragraph of this section.

3.  The commission may by rule permit the taking and possession of designated raptors and crows during the time and in the manner permitted under the federal "Migratory Bird Treaty Act".

4.  The commission shall establish methods by which pigeons may be taken which may include, but are not limited to, the use of trapping, chemical repellants, or toxic perches.

5.  The commission shall establish one or more pistol or revolver seasons for hunting deer as separate firearm seasons or to coincide with one or more other firearm deer hunting seasons. Any pistol or revolver firing a magnum three hundred fifty-seven thousandths of one inch caliber or larger, centerfire, straight wall ammunition propelling an expanding-type bullet is legal for hunting deer during the pistol or revolver seasons. The commission shall adopt rules to allow black powder pistols or revolvers for hunting deer. The rules shall not allow pistols or revolvers with shoulder stock or long-barrel modifications. The barrel length of a pistol or revolver used for deer hunting shall be at least four inches. The rules may limit types of ammunition. A person who is sixteen years of age or less shall not hunt deer with a pistol or revolver. A person possessing a prohibited pistol or revolver while hunting deer commits a scheduled violation under section 805.8B, subsection 3, paragraph "h", subparagraph (5).

Section History: Early form

  [R60, § 4381; C73, § 4048; C97, § 2551, 2552; S13, § 2563-q; SS15, § 2551, 2552, 2563-u; C24, § 1767, 1768, 1776; C27, 31, § 1767, 1767-a1, 1768, 1776; C39, § 1794.011; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 109.48]

Section History: Recent form

  86 Acts, ch 1133, § 2, 3

  C93, § 481A.48

  97 Acts, ch 141, §1; 2001 Acts, ch 137, §5

Internal References

  Referred to in § 481A.38, 805.8B(3h)


  For applicable scheduled fines, see §805.8B, subsection 3, paragraph h

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