Maine Revised Statutes

§10953. Open seasons for hunting with crossbow

(CONFLICT)
1. Species and seasons.  A person may:
A. Hunt bear with a crossbow during the open season on bear as provided in section 11251; [2013, c. 236, §3 (NEW).]
B. Hunt wild turkey with a crossbow in areas open to wild turkey hunting as established by rule in section 11701, except that a person may not hunt wild turkey with a crossbow from October 1st until the first day of the open season established by the commissioner in the following year; [2017, c. 85, §1 (AMD).]
C. Hunt moose with a crossbow in areas of the State open to moose hunting during the open season on moose established by rule in section 11552, subsections 1 and 2 and according to the rules pertaining to moose hunting permits adopted by the commissioner for the protection of the moose resource under section 11551 and in accordance with the provisions of section 11601; and [2013, c. 236, §3 (NEW).]
D. Hunt deer with a crossbow during the open firearm season on deer as provided in section 11401. [2013, c. 538, §14 (AMD).]
[ 2017, c. 85, §1 (AMD) .]
1-A. Hunting with a crossbow; 70 years of age or older. 
[ 2013, c. 538, §15 (RP) .]
1-B. Hunting with a crossbow; 70 years of age or older. 
[ 2013, c. 538, §16 (NEW); MRSA T. 12, §10953, sub-§1-B (RP) .]
1-C. (CONFLICT: Text as amended by PL 2017, c. 164, §6) Hunting with a crossbow; 70 years of age or older.  A person 70 years of age or older may hunt a wild bird or a wild animal with a crossbow during any open season on that wild bird or wild animal subject to this Part.
[ 2017, c. 164, §6 (AMD) .]
1-C. (CONFLICT: Text as amended by PL 2017, c. 239, §1) Hunting with a crossbow; 65 years of age or older.  A person 65 years of age or older may hunt a wild bird or a wild animal with a crossbow during any open season on that wild bird or wild animal, subject to this Part. A person 65 years of age or older may hunt deer with a crossbow in an expanded archery zone or during the muzzle-loading-only deer hunting season established under section 11404.
[ 2017, c. 239, §1 (AMD) .]
2. Rulemaking. 
[ 2015, c. 301, §8 (RP) .]
3. Crossbow requirements.   A person may not hunt with a crossbow unless the crossbow meets the following requirements.
A. The crossbow must have a shoulder-type stock. A hand-held pistol-type crossbow may not be used. [2015, c. 301, §9 (NEW).]
B. The draw weight of the crossbow may not be less than 100 pounds. [2015, c. 301, §9 (NEW).]
C. The arrowhead, including a mechanical broadhead when open, must be at least 7/8 inch in width. [2015, c. 301, §9 (NEW).]
D. A crossbow arrow that has an explosive or poisonous tip may not be used. [2015, c. 301, §9 (NEW).]
E. The crossbow must be equipped with a mechanical trigger safety device in working condition. [2015, c. 301, §9 (NEW).]
F. The crossbow may be equipped with a scope or sight. [2015, c. 301, §9 (NEW).]
A person who violates this subsection commits a Class E crime.
[ 2015, c. 301, §9 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2005, c. 419, §2 (NEW). 2005, c. 419, §12 (AFF). 2011, c. 61, §§2, 3 (AMD). 2013, c. 236, §3 (AMD). 2013, c. 538, §§14-16 (AMD). 2015, c. 42, §1 (AMD). 2015, c. 301, §§8, 9 (AMD). 2017, c. 85, §1 (AMD). 2017, c. 164, §6 (AMD). 2017, c. 239, §1 (AMD).