What's New for 2014-2015
Legislation passed in the 2014 General Assembly Session that impacts hunting and fishing:
Hunting on Sundays
Allows hunting on Sundays under the following circumstances:
- A landowner and his immediate family or a person with written permission from the landowner may hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including nuisance species, on the landowner's property on Sunday. All seasons, bag limits, and other laws and regulations also continue to apply. "Landowner" refers to all private landowners (including persons and entities). Public lands are not included.
- A person may hunt waterfowl on Sundays, subject to area restrictions established within seasons.
- The hunting activities mentioned above cannot occur within 200 yards of a house of worship.
- The hunting of deer or bear with a gun, firearm, or other weapon with the aid or assistance of dogs on Sunday is prohibited.
- A person may hunt raccoons until 2:00 a.m. on Sundays, but no other Sunday hunting of raccoons is permitted.
Special Fox Hunting License
Established a special license for hunting foxes on horseback with hounds but without firearms. The license exempts the licensee from the requirement that they complete a hunter education program. This license may be purchased in lieu of a basic hunting license but is not required in addition to a basic hunting license.
Annual Hunting and Fishing Licenses for Nonresident Disabled Veterans
Allows nonresident veterans who are totally and permanently disabled due to a serviceconnected disability to purchase annual licenses to hunt or fish at a cost equal to one-quarter the fee for the state nonresident hunting or fishing license.
New Combined Archery and Crossbow License
Established a new combined license for persons hunting with a bow and arrow or a crossbow. The cost of the license is $18 for residents and $31 for nonresidents. There will no longer be a separate crossbow license.
Hunting With a Muzzleloading Rifle; Blaze Orange Clothing
During the special season for hunting deer with a muzzleloading rifle only, every muzzleloader deer hunter and every person accompanying a muzzleloader deer hunter shall wear a blaze orange hat (the bill or brim of the hat may be a color or design other than solid blaze orange) or blaze orange upper body clothing that is visible from 360 degrees, except when any such person is physically located in a tree stand or other stationary hunting location.
Use of Muzzleloading Pistols
Allows persons to hunt big game with muzzleloading pistols of a caliber of .45 or greater (.50 caliber or larger is recommended) where and in those seasons when the use of muzzleloading rifles is permitted.
Allows persons holding an apprentice hunting license to hunt unsupervised if they have successfully completed a hunter education course. Upon completion of hunter education, unless otherwise required by law to be supervised as in the case of hunting on a youth/apprentice hunting day where, by Department regulation, apprentice hunters must be supervised by a licensed or an exempt licensed adult, the apprentice hunting licensee may hunt unsupervised subject to the requirements of applicable state law and regulations. You must carry proof of hunter education while hunting unsupervised.