HOUSE BILL NO. 2010
C 297 L 89 PV
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Representatives R. King, Basich, McLean and Inslee
Read first time 2/15/89 and referred to Committee on Fisheries & Wildlife.
AN ACT Relating to permitting hunting by nonambulatory disabled persons; amending RCW 46.09.130, 46.10.130, 77.16.250, 77.16.260, and 77.08.010; and adding new sections to chapter 77.32 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 77.32 RCW to read as follows:
The commission shall attempt to enhance the hunting opportunities of persons of disability. The commission shall authorize the director to issue disabled hunter permits to persons of disability. The commission shall adopt rules governing the conduct of disabled hunters and their nondisabled companions.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 77.32 RCW to read as follows:
(1) A disabled hunter who possesses a disabled hunter permit and all appropriate hunting licenses may possess a loaded firearm or other legal hunting device in and may discharge a firearm or other legal hunting device from a nonmoving motor vehicle that has the engine turned off. Disabled hunters shall not be exempt from permit requirements for carrying concealed weapons, or from rules, laws, or ordinances concerning the discharge of these weapons. No hunting shall be permitted from a motor vehicle that is parked on or beside the maintained portion of a public road.
(2) A person of disability holding a disabled hunter permit may be accompanied by one nondisabled licensed hunter who may assist the disabled hunter by killing game wounded by the disabled hunter, and by tagging and retrieving game killed by the disabled hunter. A nondisabled hunter shall not possess a loaded gun in, or shoot from, a motor vehicle.
Sec. 3. Section 18, chapter 47, Laws of 1971 ex. sess. as last amended by section 7, chapter 206, Laws of 1986 and RCW 46.09.130 are each amended to read as follows:
may operate a nonhighway vehicle in such a way as to endanger human life ((
No person shall operate a nonhighway vehicle in such a way as to run down
or harass any wildlife or animal, nor carry, transport, or convey any loaded
weapon in or upon, nor hunt from, any nonhighway vehicle except by permit
issued by the director of wildlife under section 1 of this 1989 act:
PROVIDED, That it shall not be unlawful to carry, transport, or convey a loaded
pistol in or upon a nonhighway vehicle if the person complies with the terms
and conditions of chapter 9.41 RCW.
Violation of this section is a gross misdemeanor.
Sec. 4. Section 13, chapter 29, Laws of 1971 ex. sess. as amended by section 11, chapter 182, Laws of 1979 ex. sess. and RCW 46.10.130 are each amended to read as follows:
shall operate a snowmobile in such a way as to endanger human life((
No person shall operate a snowmobile in such a way as to run down or harass
deer, elk, or any wildlife, or any domestic animal, nor shall he carry any
loaded weapon upon, nor hunt from, any snowmobile except by permit issued by
the director of wildlife under section 1 of this 1989 act. Any person
violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a gross
Sec. 5. Section 77.16.250, chapter 36, Laws of 1955 as amended by section 93, chapter 78, Laws of 1980 and RCW 77.16.250 are each amended to read as follows:
Except as provided in RCW 77.16.290 and section 2 of this 1989 act, it is unlawful to carry, transport, convey, possess, or control in or on a motor vehicle a shotgun or rifle containing shells or cartridges in the magazine or chamber, or a muzzle-loading firearm loaded and capped or primed.
Sec. 6. Section 77.16.260, chapter 36, Laws of 1955 as last amended by section 94, chapter 78, Laws of 1980 and RCW 77.16.260 are each amended to read as follows:
Except as provided in RCW 77.16.290 and section 2 of this 1989 act, it is unlawful to shoot a firearm from, across, or along the maintained portion of a public highway.
Sec. 7. Section 77.08.010, chapter 36, Laws of 1955 as last amended by section 11, chapter 506, Laws of 1987 and RCW 77.08.010 are each amended to read as follows:
As used in this title or rules adopted pursuant to this title, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
(1) "Director" means the director of wildlife.
(2) "Department" means the department of wildlife.
(3) "Commission" means the state wildlife commission.
(4) "Person" means and includes an individual, a corporation, or a group of two or more individuals acting with a common purpose whether acting in an individual, representative, or official capacity.
(5) "Wildlife agent" means a person appointed and commissioned by the director, with authority to enforce laws and rules adopted pursuant to this title, and other statutes as prescribed by the legislature.
(6) "Ex officio wildlife agent" means a commissioned officer of a municipal, county, state, or federal agency having as its primary function the enforcement of criminal laws in general, while the officer is in the appropriate jurisdiction. The term "ex officio wildlife agent" includes fisheries patrol officers, special agents of the national marine fisheries commission, state parks commissioned officers, United States fish and wildlife special agents, department of natural resources enforcement officers, and United States forest service officers, while the agents and officers are within their respective jurisdictions.
(7) "To hunt" and its derivatives means an effort to kill, injure, capture, or harass a wild animal or wild bird.
(8) "To trap" and its derivatives means a method of hunting using devices to capture wild animals or wild birds.
(9) "To fish" and its derivatives means an effort to kill, injure, harass, or catch a game fish.
(10) "Open season" means those times, manners of taking, and places or waters established by rule of the commission for the lawful hunting, fishing, or possession of game animals, game birds, or game fish. "Open season" includes the first and last days of the established time.
(11) "Closed season" means all times, manners of taking, and places or waters other than those established as an open season.
(12) "Closed area" means a place where the hunting of some species of wild animals or wild birds is prohibited.
(13) "Closed waters" means all or part of a lake, river, stream, or other body of water, where fishing for game fish is prohibited.
(14) "Game reserve" means a closed area where hunting for all wild animals and wild birds is prohibited.
(15) "Bag limit" means the maximum number of game animals, game birds, or game fish which may be taken, caught, killed, or possessed by a person, as specified by rule of the commission for a particular period of time, or as to size, sex, or species.
(16) "Wildlife" means all species of the animal kingdom whose members exist in Washington in a wild state. This includes but is not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. The term "wildlife" does not include feral domestic mammals, the family Muridae of the order Rodentia (old world rats and mice), or those fish, shellfish, and marine invertebrates classified by the director of fisheries. The term "wildlife" includes all stages of development and the bodily parts of wildlife members.
(17) "Wild animals" means those species of the class Mammalia whose members exist in Washington in a wild state and the species Rana catesbeiana (bullfrog). The term "wild animal" does not include feral domestic mammals or the family Muridae of the order Rodentia (old world rats and mice).
(18) "Wild birds" means those species of the class Aves whose members exist in Washington in a wild state.
(19) "Protected wildlife" means wildlife designated by the commission that shall not be hunted or fished.
(20) "Endangered species" means wildlife designated by the commission as seriously threatened with extinction.
(21) "Game animals" means wild animals that shall not be hunted except as authorized by the commission.
(22) "Fur-bearing animals" means game animals that shall not be trapped except as authorized by the commission.
(23) "Game birds" means wild birds that shall not be hunted except as authorized by the commission.
(24) "Predatory birds" means wild birds that may be hunted throughout the year as authorized by the commission.
(25) "Deleterious exotic wildlife" means species of the animal kingdom not native to Washington and designated as dangerous to the environment or wildlife of the state.
(26) "Game farm" means property on which wildlife is held or raised for commercial purposes, trade, or gift. The term "game farm" does not include publicly owned facilities.
(27) "Person of disability" means a permanently disabled person who is not ambulatory without the assistance of a wheelchair, crutches, or similar devices.