97B.106 Crossbow permits for hunting and fishing.
Subdivision 1. Qualifications for crossbow permits. (a) The commissioner may issue a special permit, without a fee, to take big game, small game, or rough fish with a crossbow to a person that is unable to hunt or take rough fish by archery because of a permanent or temporary physical disability.
(b) To qualify for a crossbow permit under this section, a temporary disability must render the person unable to hunt or fish by archery for a minimum of two years after application for the permit is made. The permanent or temporary disability must be established by medical evidence, and the inability to hunt or fish by archery for the required period of time must be verified in writing by a licensed physician or chiropractor.
(c) The person must obtain the appropriate license.
Subd. 2. Crossbow equipment and requirements. (a) A crossbow used for hunting under the provisions of this section must:
(1) be fired from the shoulder;
(2) deliver at least 42 foot-pounds of energy at a distance of ten feet;
(3) have a stock at least 30 inches long;
(4) have a working safety; and
(5) be used with arrows or bolts at least ten inches long.
(b) An arrow or bolt used to take big game or turkey under the provisions of this section must meet the legal arrowhead requirements in section 97B.211, subdivision 2.
(c) An arrow or bolt used to take rough fish with a crossbow under the provisions of this section must be tethered or controlled by an attached line.