Weapons and other harvest restrictions

Rule-making status: Permanent

The department considered rule changes for the methods of harvest and the restriction regulations required during hunting seasons.

The purpose of this rule change is to clarify it is unlawful to hunt any wildlife at night and that it is unlawful to hunt wild animals, except rabbits and hares, with hounds during established modern firearm general deer and elk seasons during the months of October and November.

Also, to allow hunters to use one dog controlled by leash during lawful hunting hours and within 72 hours of shooting a big game animal, except bear and cougar, to assist with recovering wounded big game. The rule change will help reduce the number of big game animals that are mortally wounded, but not recovered.

Public comments

The comment period for this rule proposal has closed as of March 19, 2022.

To view comments on this proposal, please visit the Hunting Season Setting engagement page.

Public hearing

March 18, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. - Webinar

Date of Adoption: April 8, 2022

For more information

Visit the Hunting season setting timeline page for more information about the steps involved in the hunting season-setting process

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