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Permits for Hunters with Disabilities - Disability Bow Permits
A person with a disability may apply for a crossbow permit. A
physician can automatically certify a hunter as eligible for a crossbow
permit if the hunter:
- has an amputation involving body extremities required for stable
function to use conventional archery equipment, or
- has a spinal cord injury resulting in permanent disability to
the lower extremities, leaving the applicant permanently nonambulatory,
- has a permanent wheelchair restriction.
If none of the above criteria apply, physicians, physical therapists
or occupational therapists can certify hunters who fail:
- a functional draw test that equals 35 pounds of resistance and
involves holding it for four seconds, or
- a manual muscle test involving the grading of shoulder and
elbow flexion and extension, or
- an impaired range-of-motion test involving the shoulder or elbow.
In addition, a physician can recommend a crossbow permit for other
temporary or permanent disabilities, such as neuromuscular conditions.
For more information and an application, call 517-373-1204.
A person with a temporary or permanent disability who has the
full use of only one arm may apply for a modified bow permit. This
permit allows modifications to a compound bow, including the
addition of an overdraw lock device. This modification may not
convert a compound bow into a crossbow. For more information, to to www.pcba-inc.org.
On August 17, 2010 the Michigan Natural Resources commission approved the expansion of crossbow regulations to include the use of a modified bow wherever crossbows are legal.
Click here for an application for a disability bow permit.