1. A person who is in possession or control, either singly or as one of a group of
persons, of any firearm, bow, or other implement or device whereby a bird or animal
could be killed or taken shall not throw or cast the rays of a spotlight, headlight,
or other artificial light on a highway, or in a field, woodland, or forest, for the
purpose of spotting, locating, or taking or attempting to take or hunt a bird or animal.
2. This section does not apply to any of the following:
a. Deer being taken by or under the control of a local governmental body within its
corporate limits pursuant to an approved special deer population control plan.
b. A person who is totally blind using a laser sight on a bow or gun while hunting,
if all of the following apply:
(1) The person's total blindness is supported by medical evidence produced by an eye
care professional who is an ophthalmologist, optometrist, or medical doctor. The eye care professional must certify that the person has no vision or light perception
in either eye. The certification must be carried on the person of the totally blind person and
made available for inspection by the department.
(2) The totally blind person is accompanied and aided by a person who is at least
eighteen years of age and whose vision is not seriously impaired. The accompanying person must purchase a hunting license that includes the wildlife
habitat fee as provided in rules adopted pursuant to section 483A.1 if applicable. If the accompanying person is not required to have a hunting license the person
is not required to pay the wildlife habitat fee. During the hunt, the accompanying adult must be within arm's reach of the totally
blind person, and must be able to identify the target and the location of the laser
sight beam on the target. A person other than the totally blind person shall not shoot the laser sight-equipped
gun or bow.
c. A person using an infrared light source to hunt coyotes as long as the infrared
light source is mounted to the method of take or to a scope mounted on the method
of take. However, no person shall use an infrared light source to hunt coyotes during any
established muzzleloader, bow, or shotgun deer hunting season.
d. The spotting, locating, or taking or attempting to take or hunt raccoons or other
fur-bearing animals that have been treed with the aid of dogs.
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