WEST virginia legislature
2020 regular session
Senate Bill 470
By Senators Cline, Hamilton, Pitsenbarger, Sypolt, Roberts, and Azinger
[Introduced January 15,
to the Committee on Natural Resources]
A BILL to amend and reenact §20-2-5g of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the use of a crossbow to hunt.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.
§20-2-5g. Use of a crossbow to hunt.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, any person lawfully entitled to hunt may hunt with a crossbow during big game firearms season. A person who possesses a valid Class Y permit may also hunt with a crossbow in accordance with §20-2-42w of this code. Further, the director shall designate a separate season for crossbow hunting and identify which species of wildlife may be hunted with a crossbow.
(b) Only crossbows meeting all of the following specifications may be used for hunting in West Virginia:
(1) The crossbow has a minimum draw weight of 125 pounds;
(2) The crossbow has a working safety; and
(3) The crossbow is used
with bolts and arrows not less than
eighteen 16 inches in length as
measured from the leading end of the shaft, including the insert, to the
trailing end of the shaft, including the nock, with a broad head having at
least two sharp cutting edges, measuring at least three fourths of an inch in
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to permit the use of bolts and arrows not less than 16 inches with a broad head when hunting with a crossbow.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.