2018 House Bill 1219 - Printed

State of South Dakota  
NINETY-THIRD SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2018  

390Z0752   HOUSE BILL   NO.  1219  

Introduced by:    Representatives Livermont, Dennert, Duvall, Kaiser, Marty, May, Qualm, Rhoden, and Rounds and Senators Frerichs and Stalzer
 

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to revise certain provisions regarding the use of night vision equipment in hunting.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. That ยง 41-8-17 be amended to read:
    41-8-17. During the time from sunset to sunrise, no person may use or possess night-vision equipment or throw or cast the rays of a spotlight, headlight, or other artificial light on any highway, or in any field, pasture, woodland, forest, or prairie, for the purpose of spotting, locating, or taking or attempting to take or hunt any animal while having in possession or control any firearm, bow or other implement whereby any game could be killed. However:
            (1)    A person may use a hand held light while on foot, to take raccoons after they have been treed by dogs;
            (2)    A landowner or occupant and no more than two guests accompanied by the landowner or occupant may use an artificial light and night vision equipment on the owner's or occupant's land, with a shotgun using shot shells only or a firearm using a rimfire cartridge in the taking of jackrabbits, coyotes, beaver during its hunting

season, foxes, raccoons, opossums, badgers, skunks, or rodents;

            (3)    A landowner or occupant, eighteen years of age or older, and no more than two guests accompanied by the landowner or occupant may use night vision equipment on the owner's or occupant's land, with a firearm using a cartridge with a bullet diameter below .225 inches, in the taking of jackrabbits, coyotes, beaver during its hunting season, foxes, raccoons, opossums, badgers, skunks, or rodents; and
            (4)    A landowner or occupant, eighteen years of age or older, may issue written permission to no more than two guests who may hunt unaccompanied by the landowner or occupant. Any unaccompanied guest may use night vision equipment on the owner's or occupant's land, with a firearm using a cartridge with a bullet diameter below .225 inches, in the taking of jackrabbits, coyotes, beaver during its hunting season, foxes, raccoons, opossums, badgers, skunks, or rodents; and
            (5)    Any person employed by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks performing animal damage control may use night-vision equipment and artificial lights in the performance of the person's duty. In the taking of animals causing damage the employee shall obtain permission from the owner or lessee of such land.
    For the purposes of this section, night-vision equipment is an optical device utilizing light amplifying circuits that are electrical or battery powered. The provisions of this section do not apply to a law enforcement officer in the performance of the officer's duty.
    A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

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