Full Statute Name:  Title XI. Natural Resources [Chs. 455-485]. Subtitle 6. Wildlife [Chs. 481-485]. Chapter 481A. Wildlife Conservation. Prohibited Acts. 481A.125A. Remote control or internet hunting--criminal and civil penalties

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Primary Citation:  I.C.A. § 481A.125A Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  November, 2018 Alternate Citation:  IA ST § 481A.125A Date Adopted:  2007
Summary: This Iowa law prohibits “remote control or internet hunting." This involves the acts of offering such services for sale as well as taking, or assisting in the take of a wild animal kept on a hunting preserve by remote control or internet hunting. A person who violates this section is guilty of a serious misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation of this section is punishable as a class “D” felony.

1. As used in this section, “remote control or internet hunting” means use of a computer or other electronic device, equipment, or software to remotely control the aiming or discharge of a firearm or other weapon, allowing a person who is not physically present to take a wild animal, a game bird or ungulate kept on a hunting preserve under chapter 484B, or a preserve whitetail kept on a hunting preserve under chapter 484C.

2. A person shall not offer for sale, take, or assist in the taking of a wild animal, a game bird or ungulate kept on a hunting preserve under chapter 484B, or a preserve whitetail kept on a hunting preserve under chapter 484C, by remote control or internet hunting.

3. A person who violates this section is guilty of a serious misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation of this section is punishable as a class “D” felony.

4. In addition, any person who violates this section is subject to a civil penalty, which may be levied by the department, of not more than ten thousand dollars for each violation of this section. The moneys collected from imposition of a civil penalty shall be deposited in the state fish and game protection fund.

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Added by Acts 2007 (82 G.A.) ch. 156, H.F. 671, § 1.

 

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