On February 6, 2004, the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) stood in front of the CA Fish & Game Commission and proposed a change that would make crossbows, modified-bows, draw-locks, and mouth-tabs legal weapons for disabled hunters.

The Alliance is not only excited that this pro-disabled proposal has been made, but we are also excited about how the CA Department of Fish and Game justified its proposal. The following text was written by the CA DFG in their proposal:

The Department has received numerous requests from disabled hunters to allow the use of cross bows and/or other devices to assist in drawing and holding the bow string (for example, mouth-tab, body-brace, and draw-loc) under the conditions of an archery tag, archery season, or general season as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Based on information currently available, the Department does not believe that allowing use of cross bows or the other devices identified above for accommodation purposes during the archery only and additional hunt archery seasons will cause any fundamental changes to the operation of the Department's Wildlife Programs. The proposed regulation change would allow disabled archers that have, and can provide upon request by law enforcement personnel, written medical documentation attesting to their inability to use conventional archery equipment to use a cross-bow and/or the other devices identified above during the archery only season and/or during the special archery hunts.

It is good to see that the CA DFG has recognized the need for crossbows, modified-bows, draw-locks, and mouth-tabs as reasonable ADA accommodations for disabled persons in their state. It is also good to see that the CA DFG has publicly admitted that allowing these reasonable accommodations will have no negative impact on the current CA wildlife populations and able-bodied hunting seasons.

A copy of this CA proposal can be found on the CA DFG Commission website at: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fg_comm/2004/mammalntc1.pdf See page 2.

This regulation change will be up for discussion at Commission meetings on March 5th and April 2nd. The adoption vote will occur on April 22nd. The Alliance will keep you up to date on this proposal.

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