1. The use of firearms, explosives, and weapons of all kinds by a person is prohibited
in all state parks and preserves except under the following conditions:
a. A firearm or other weapon authorized for hunting may be used in preserves or parts
of preserves designated by the state advisory board on preserves at the request of
b. A person may use a bow and arrow with an attached bow fishing reel and ninety-pound
minimum line attached to the arrow to take rough fish as provided by rule of the commission.
c. The commission may establish, by rule, the state parks or parts of state parks
where firearms may be discharged during special events, festivals and education programs,
or a special hunt to control animal populations. The rules governing special hunts to control animal populations shall be applied
separately to each designated state park.
2. The use of consumer fireworks or display fireworks, as defined in section 727.2, in state parks and preserves is prohibited except as authorized by a permit issued
by the department. The commission shall establish, by rule adopted pursuant to chapter 17A, a fireworks
permit system which authorizes the issuance of a limited number of permits to qualified
persons to use or display fireworks in selected state parks and preserves.
3. A person violating this section is guilty of a simple misdemeanor punishable as
a scheduled violation pursuant to section 805.8B, subsection 6, paragraph “c”.
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