House File 162 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 162 BY BACON A BILL FOR An Act permitting the use of crossbows to hunt deer and 1 providing penalties. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 2083YH (2) 85 av/nh
H.F. 162 Section 1. Section 483A.8, Code 2013, is amended by adding 1 the following new subsection: 2 NEW SUBSECTION . 8. a. The commission shall adopt a 3 rule permitting a resident to use a crossbow for taking deer 4 during the same times that deer may be taken by muzzleloading 5 rifle or muzzleloading pistol. The commission shall prepare 6 an application to be used by a resident requesting a license 7 to hunt deer using a crossbow pursuant to this paragraph. 8 A person issued a license pursuant to this paragraph shall 9 be otherwise qualified to hunt deer in this state and shall 10 purchase a hunting license that includes the wildlife 11 habitat fee and pay the one dollar fee that shall be used 12 and is appropriated for the purpose of deer herd population 13 management, including assisting with the cost of processing 14 deer donated to the help us stop hunger program administered 15 by the commission. 16 b. A resident may obtain a license under this paragraph 17 in addition to a statewide antlered or any sex deer hunting 18 bow season license. With the exception of season dates, 19 the shooting hours, limits, license quotas, and any other 20 regulations for the license shall be the same as those set 21 forth by the commission by rule for bow season deer hunts. 22 EXPLANATION 23 This bill directs the natural resource commission to adopt 24 a rule permitting a resident to use a crossbow to hunt deer 25 during the same times that are allowed for hunting deer with a 26 muzzleloading rifle or pistol. The commission shall prepare 27 an application for a crossbow deer hunting license. A person 28 issued such a license must be otherwise qualified to hunt deer 29 in this state and purchase a hunting license that includes the 30 wildlife habitat fee and pay the one dollar fee that is used 31 for deer herd population management. 32 A resident may obtain a crossbow license in addition to 33 licenses that are available for hunting deer during regular 34 bow season. With the exception of season dates for crossbow 35 -1- LSB 2083YH (2) 85 av/nh 1/ 2
H.F. 162 hunting, all other regulations pertaining to bow season deer 1 hunting are applicable to hunting deer with a crossbow. 2 Persons with disabilities (Code section 481A.38(1)(b)) and 3 residents who are 70 years of age and older (Code section 4 483A.8B) are currently allowed to use a crossbow to hunt deer 5 during bow season. 6 A violation of the provisions of the bill is punishable by a 7 scheduled fine of $25. 8 -2- LSB 2083YH (2) 85 av/nh 2/ 2