H.B. No. 968
  relating to the use of crossbows for hunting.
         SECTION 1.  Section 43.201(a), Parks and Wildlife Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (c) or (d), no person
  may hunt deer, turkey, or javelina (collared peccary) during an
  open archery season provided by law or by the proclamations of the
  commission and during which season only crossbows, [used by hunters  
  with upper limb disabilities and] longbows, recurved bows, and
  compound bows may be used unless the person has acquired an archery
  hunting stamp issued to the person by the department. The
  commission by rule may prescribe requirements relating to
  possessing a stamp required by this subchapter.  In a county that
  does not permit hunting with a firearm, a hunter may use a crossbow
  only if the hunter is a person with upper limb disabilities and has
  an archery hunting stamp.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies to a
  proceeding regarding hunting with a crossbow that is pending or
  filed on or after the effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 968 was passed by the House on March
  26, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 1, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 968 on May 14, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 1, 1
  present, not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 968 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 11, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________