NEW BOW HUNTING REGULATIONS
This proposal will require all big game hunters in Alaska using crossbows to complete a crossbow education course. It will go into effect July 1, 2018
The regulation that would have required all bowhunters to have bowhunter education starting July 1, 2016 has been changed. Proposal 17 provides an exemption for bowhunter education requirements as follows:
Beginning July 1, 2016, a person born after January 1, 1986 using a longbow, recurve bow, or compound bow to hunt big game must have successfully completed a department-approved bowhunter education course.
A hunter using a longbow, recurve bow, or compound bow for any restricted weapons hunt that authorizes taking big game by bow and arrow, must have successfully completed a department-approved bowhunter education course (this current law is still in effect).
This proposal will allow the use of battery-powered lights on a bow sight in archery-only restricted weapons hunts, as long as it doesnít project a light or beam.
This proposal modified the definition of barbed arrows to read:
"barbed" means, in the case of an arrowhead, having any fixed portion of the rear edge of the arrowhead forming an angle less than 90 degrees with the shaft when measured from the nock end of the arrow; a notch or space of no more than two millimeters between the base of the blade and the shaft shall not be considered a barb.
This proposal modified the definition of a legal crossbow as follows:
(15) with a crossbow, unless
(A) the bow peak draw weight is 100 pounds or more;
(B) repealed (there is no longer a minimum draw length as technology has evolved to make smaller, powerful crossbows)
(C) the bolt is tipped with a broadhead and is a minimum of 16 inches in overall length and weighs at least 300 grains; and
(D) the crossbow has no attached electronic devices, except for a scope or electronic sight that does not project light externally;
(E) it is a shoulder-mounted crossbow; (this addition will prohibit smaller models that are held like a pistol and donít have the inertia to successfully harvest big game)
This proposal will prohibit the use of slingbows in the state of Alaska for the taking of all big game.