House File 23 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to requirements for using a dog to track a
2wounded deer.
1   Section 1.  Section 481A.56A, Code 2021, is amended to read
2as follows:
   3481A.56A  Retrieval of wounded deer by leashed dogs.
   4A person having a valid hunting license and a valid deer
5hunting license who has wounded a deer while hunting may use
6a dog to track and retrieve the wounded deer. A dog being
7used for tracking a wounded deer and a person using a dog for
8tracking a wounded deer shall both be trained in deer blood
Any person using a dog for tracking wounded deer
10must maintain physical control of the dog at all times during
11the search by means of a maximum fifty-foot lead attached to
12the dog’s collar or harness. The person may dispatch the deer
13using a legal method of take authorized by the person’s deer
14hunting license. A person shall not use that method of take
15to hunt, wound, or kill any animal other than the deer that
16the hunter is tracking, except in self-defense. Using a dog
17to track a wounded deer on private property is permissible at
18any hour with consent of the property owner. A person using a
19dog to track a wounded deer outside of legal deer hunting hours
20shall not be in possession of a firearm or archery device.
21The commission shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A to
22implement this section.
24The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
25the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   26This bill relates to requirements for using a dog to track a
27wounded deer. The bill strikes a provision in current law that
28requires the dog used for tracking a wounded deer and a person
29using a dog for tracking a wounded deer to both be trained in
30deer blood tracking.