State of South Dakota  
EIGHTY-THIRD SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2008  

327P0154   HOUSE BILL   NO.   1116  

Introduced by:     Representatives Carson and McLaughlin and Senator Hansen (Tom)
 

         FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to  authorize senior citizens to hunt deer using crossbows.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
     Section 1.  That § 41-8-31 be amended to read as follows:
     41-8-31.   No person may at any time hunt, catch, take, attempt to take, or kill any small game or game animal in any other manner than by shooting the same with a firearm, except:
             (1)      Game birds and animals may be taken with birds trained in falconry or with bow and arrow;
             (2)      A disabled person who is missing an upper limb, physically incapable of using an upper limb, or confined to a wheelchair and who has obtained a disabled hunter permit may use a crossbow or other legal bow equipped with a draw-lock device to take game birds and animals; and
             (3)      A legally blind person, who is legally licensed, possesses a disabled hunter permit, and is physically present and participates in the hunt but cannot safely discharge a firearm or bow and arrow, may claim game birds and animals taken by a designated hunter in accordance with the license possessed by the legally blind hunter ; and
             (4)    A person who is aged sixty-five or older and holds a resident or nonresident big game license that is valid for taking antlerless deer may use a crossbow or other legal bow equipped with a draw-lock device to take antlerless deer .
     A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.