§20-2-42w. Class Y special crossbow hunting permit for certain disabled persons.

     (a) A Class Y permit is a special statewide hunting permit entitling a person to hunt all wildlife during established archery and firearm seasons if the person meets the following requirements:

     (1) He or she holds a Class Q permit;

     (2) He or she has a permanent and substantial loss of function in one or both hands while failing to meet the minimum standards of the upper extremity pinch, grip and nine-hole peg tests administered under the direction of a licensed physician; or

     (3) He or she has a permanent and substantial loss of function in one or both shoulders while failing to meet the minimum standards of the shoulder strength test administered under the direction of a licensed physician.

     (b) The application form shall include a written statement or report prepared by the physician conducting the test no more than six months preceding the application and verifying that the applicant is physically disabled as described in this section. As part of the application, the applicant shall authorize, by written release, an examination of all medical records regarding his or her qualifying disability. When completed, the permit form constitutes a Class Y permit. The Class Y permit and a completed license application shall be submitted to the Division, which will issue a wallet-sized card to the permittee. The card and all other documents and identification required to be carried by this article shall be in the permittee's possession when hunting.

     (c) A Class Y permit must be accompanied by a valid statewide hunting license or the applicant must be exempt from hunting licenses as provided in this chapter.