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ACT NO. 30

(H.557)

Archery License; Crossbows; Tree Stands; Importation and Possession Permit; License Agents; Moose Season; Fines and Penalties

This act:

1. Allows the holder of a second archery license to use it at any time during archery season and provides that if two deer are taken with a bow and arrow, only one may have antlers.

2. Requires a person to complete a bow hunter education course in order to receive an archery license.

3. Makes it illegal to have a cocked crossbow in a motor vehicle.

4. Removes the provision requiring a landowner to permanently identify a tree stand or ground blind on his or her own land.

5. Creates an Importation and Possession Permit which is required in order to import or possess a live animal for the purpose of hunting it. The permit will be administered by the Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife

6. Directs the Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife to make recommendations for improving the system for using agents to sell fish and wildlife licenses, for improving the procedures for issuing and monitoring crossbow hunting permits, for changing the moose season dates, and for recommending changes to the fish and wildlife system of fines and penalties.

Effective Date: July 1, 1999, except the provisions relating to an archery license and crossbows which take effect on January 1, 2000, and the provisions relating to a bow hunter education course take effect on January 1, 2001.