OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6034

AN ACT AUTHORIZING BOW AND ARROW HUNTING ON CERTAIN PRIVATE PROPERTY ON SUNDAYS.

SUMMARY:

This bill allows Sunday deer hunting with a bow and arrow on private land in overpopulated deer management zones, as the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) determines. The hunting (1) must be in accordance with DEEP's wildlife management principles and practices and (2) cannot take place within 40 yards of a blazed (clearly marked) hiking trail. The hunter must (1) have the private landowner's written permission to hunt there and (2) carry it while hunting. By law, no one can hunt deer with a bow and arrow without first obtaining a DEEP bow and arrow permit.

Current law prohibits Sunday hunting. A violation of the Sunday hunting law is a class D misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in prison, a fine of up to $250, or both (CGS 26-81). The bill eliminates a provision that makes possessing a bow and arrow outdoors on Sunday prima facie evidence of hunting in violation of the law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

BACKGROUND

Deer Management Zones

DEEP has identified 13 deer management zones throughout the state, and currently estimates that 11 of the zones are overpopulated. DEEP considers a zone overpopulated if it has at least 20 deer per square mile.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

20

Nay

9

(03/25/2015)