HOUSE BILL No. 1272
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 14-22-6-7.
Synopsis: Spotlighting wild animals. Prohibits a person from casting
the rays of an artificial light from a motor vehicle in search of or upon
any wild bird or wild animal from October through January, whether
or not an occupant of the vehicle possesses a firearm, bow, or
crossbow. Establishes an exception for certain persons engaged in
Effective: July 1, 2007.
January 11, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Natural Resources.
First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1272
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
natural and cultural resources.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 14-22-6-7; (07)IN1272.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 14-22-6-7 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 7. (a) A person may not
knowingly throw or cast the rays of any spotlight or other artificial
(1) not required by law on a motor vehicle; and
(2) in search of or upon any wild bird or wild animal;
from a vehicle while the person possesses a firearm, bow, or crossbow,
if by throwing or casting the rays a wild bird or wild animal could be
killed. This subsection applies even though the animal is not killed,
injured, shot at, or otherwise pursued.
(b) A person may not take any wildlife, except furbearing mammals,
with the aid of illumination of any spotlight, searchlight, or other
(c) A person may not shine a spotlight, searchlight, or other artificial
light for the purpose of taking, attempting to take, or assisting another
person to take a deer.
(d) A person may not knowingly throw or cast the rays of a
spotlight or other artificial light from a motor vehicle in search of
or upon any wild bird or wild animal during the months of
October, November, December, or January. This subsection
applies even if no occupant of the vehicle possesses a firearm, bow,
or crossbow. This subsection does not apply to a person who is
engaged in normal agricultural procedures on property that the
person or the person's immediate family owns or controls by a