H. B. 4030
(By Delegate Modesitt)
[Introduced January 13, 2000; referred to the
Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources then
A BILL to amend article two, chapter twenty of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended,
by adding thereto a new section, designated section
forty-six-n, relating to providing a hunting license that
allows residents who are disabled or sixty-two or older to
hunt with a crossbow.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article two, chapter twenty of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section
forty-six-n, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.
§20-2-46n. Class QQ special resident crossbow hunting permit
for disabled residents or residents sixty-two or
(a) On or after the first day of January, two thousand one,
the director may issue a Class QQ permit. It is a special
statewide hunting permit and entitles the permittee to hunt all
legal wildlife as determined by the director during the
designated season. A Class QQ permit shall be issued by the
director to any applicant who holds a Class A or AB resident
statewide hunting license, unless exempt from licensing
requirements under section twenty-seven of this article, and who
meets the following requirements:
(1) He or she is a resident of this state at least sixty-two
years of age; or
(2) He or she is a resident of this state and has a
disabling condition due to one of the following:
(A) An amputation or other loss of one or both arms above
(B) A permanent and substantial loss of the index or middle
finger on the draw and release hand;
(C) A permanent and substantial loss of function in one or
both hands while failing to meet minimum standards of the upper
extremity pinch, grip and nine-hole peg tests administered under
the direction of a licensed physician; or
(D) A permanent and substantial loss of function in one or
both shoulders while failing to meet the minimum standards of the
standards shoulder strength tests, administered under the direction of a licensed physician.
(b) The application shall include a written statement or
report prepared by a licensed physician, prepared no more than
six months preceding the application that verifies that the
applicant is physically disabled. As part of the application,
the applicant shall authorize, by written release, an examination
of all medical records regarding the disability of the applicant.
(c) A Class QQ permit entitles the holder to hunt all legal
wildlife as determined by the director during the designated
hunting season, but only with a crossbow meeting all of the
(1) The crossbow has a minimum draw weight of one hundred
(2) The crossbow has a working safety; and
(3) The crossbow is used with bolts and arrows of not less
than eighteen inches in length with a broad head.
(d) The director is authorized to charge a reasonable fee
for the issuance of a Class QQ special permit if the director
considers it necessary and appropriate.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide a Class QQ
special resident hunting permit which will allow residents who
are disabled and residents 62 and older to hunt with a crossbow.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.