36 California Game Bird Club Regulations for Owners and Members

California game bird club regulations.
California game bird club regulations.

Here, we fetch up major California game bird club regulations from the Fish and Game Code (FGC), as well as Title 14 of the Code of Regulations (CCR).

Regulations

  1. 50 CFR § 20.81. Tagging requirements at Migratory Bird Preservation Facilities.
  2. FGC § 3031. Hunting license requirements.
  3. FGC § 3200. Domesticated Game Breeding license requirements and exceptions.
  4. FGC § 3201. Sale of game bird carcasses.
  5. FGC § 3202. Classes of breeder’s licenses.
  6. FGC § 3204. Game breeder’s license term and display.
  7. FGC § 3206. Transport and sale of domesticated game birds.
  8. FGC § 3208. Game breeder reports.
  9. FGC § 3209. Domesticated game bird processors.
  10. FGC § 3212. Sale of game birds at clubs.
  11. FGC § 3216. Domesticated Game Breeding shooting restrictions and exceptions.
  12. FGC § 3240.5. Commercial Hunting Clubs definitions, license requirements and exceptions.
  13. FGC § 3241. Commercial Hunting Clubs license application requirements.
  14. FGC § 3242. Commercial Hunting Club license and fees.
  15. FGC § 3245. Commercial Hunting Club terms and conditions.
  16. FGC § 3270. Game Bird Club License for Licensed Domesticated Game Bird Hunting Clubs to stock domestically propagated game birds for hunting.
  17. FGC § 3300. Licensed Domesticated Migratory Game Bird Shooting Areas license and fees to raise, release, and shoot birds.
  18. FGC § 3301. Applications of
  19. FGC § 3302. Commission’s authority over domesticated migratory game birds.
  20. FGC § 3303. Health and safety of domesticated migratory game birds.
  21. FGC § 3305. Release of domesticated migratory game birds.
  22. FGC § 3306. Shooting of domesticated migratory game birds.
  23. FGC § 3307. Retrieval of domesticated migratory game birds.
  24. FGC § 3308. Inspection fees of clubs.
  25. FGC § 3309. Licensed Domesticated Migratory Game Bird Shooting Area seals/tag requirements until consumption.
  26. FGC § 3310. Hunting license requirement.
  27. FGC § 3400. Enhancement and Management of Fish and Wildlife and their Habitat on Private Lands.
  28. FGC § 3460. The California Waterfowl Habitat Program.
  29. FGC § 3500. Lists of resident and migratory game birds.
  30. 14 CCR § 257.5. Use of bait.
  31. 14 CCR § 600. Licensed Game Bird Clubs
  32. 14 CCR § 600.4. Licensed Domesticated Migratory Game Bird Shooting Areas applications, signs, inspections, shooting areas, hours, methods of take, records and seals, per FGC 3300
  33. 14 CCR § 677. Use of dogs.
  34. 14 CCR § 680. Propagation, Sale, Transportation and Release of Birds or Mammals by Domestic Game Breeders, Licensed Pheasant Clubs, or Domestic Migratory Game Bird Shooting Areas.
  35. 14 CCR § 713. Carcass Condemnation for Diseased, Injured, or Chemically Immobilized Big-Game Species.

FGC § 3200 (California game bird club regulations)

Any person engaged in raising or importing, or who keeps in captivity, in this state domesticated game birds or domesticated game mammals which normally exist in the wild in this state shall procure a domesticated game breeder’s license if the birds or mammals are kept more than 30 days after acquisition. No license is, however, required of any of the following:

(a) Licensed pheasant clubs, except to the extent provided in Section 3283.

(b) Licensed domesticated migratory game bird shooting areas as defined in Article 4 (commencing with Section 3300) of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 4.

(c) Keepers of hotels, restaurants, boardinghouses, or clubs serving the meat of those birds or mammals for actual consumption on the premises.

(d) Retail meat dealers selling such meat to customers for actual consumption.

(e) Public zoological gardens possessing those birds or mammals for exhibition purposes or for the purpose of disposing of the birds or mammals by sale, exchange, or donation to other public zoological gardens.

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FGC § 3201 (California game bird club regulations)

No person shall sell the carcass of any domesticated game bird or mammal without first obtaining a domesticated game breeder’s license from the department. The department may issue such a license upon terms and conditions as the commission may prescribe, and the commission may at any time revoke such a license for sufficient cause.

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FGC § 3202 (California game bird club regulations)

There are classes of domesticated game breeder’s licenses, designated “class 1” and “class 2.”

(a) A class 1 domesticated game breeder’s license authorizes the licensee to engage in all domesticated game breeding activities except that not more than 175 Chinese ringneck or Mongolian ringneck pheasants, or both, or hybrids thereof, may be sold under a class 1 license.

(b) A class 2 domesticated game breeder’s license is required in order to sell more than 175 Chinese ringneck or Mongolian ringneck pheasants, or both, or hybrids thereof, and entitles the licensee to all the rights and privileges of a class 1 license.

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FGC § 3204 (California game bird club regulations)

Licenses issued under the provisions of this article are valid for a term of one year from January 1st, or, if issued after the beginning of such term, for the remainder thereof.

A domesticated game breeder’s license shall be conspicuously displayed on the property where the birds or mammals are held in captivity.

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FGC § 3206 (California game bird club regulations)

No domesticated game bird or mammal shall be transported or sold dead unless each quarter and each loin of the carcass of each large mammal, the carcass of each bird, except as provided in Section 2401 for a domesticated game bird raised outside this State, and the carcass of each small mammal is tagged with a domesticated game breeder’s tag or seal. The tag or seal shall not be removed until such quarter, loin, or carcass is prepared for consumption.

No tag so affixed shall be used again.

No tag or seal shall be sold by the department to anyone other than a person who is legally in possession of domesticated game.

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FGC § 3208 (California game bird club regulations)

On or before January 31st of each year, every person to whom a domesticated game breeder’s license has been issued shall report the following to the department on a form provided by the department:

(a) The total number of each species of game birds and mammals killed, sold, or shipped during the preceding year.

(b) The names of the persons to whom such game birds or mammals were sold or shipped.

(c) The name of the person in whose presence such game birds or mammals were tagged.

(d) A complete list of the game birds and mammals held in his possession at the time the report is made.

Such report shall be verified by the affidavit of the licensee.

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FGC § 3209 (California game bird club regulations)

(a) In lieu of the tag required by Section 3206, poultry processing plants licensed pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 18650) or Chapter 4.1 (commencing with Section 18940) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Food and Agricultural Code, which process domesticated game birds received from persons licensed pursuant to this article, may package each individual carcass in a nonreusable container clearly labeled on the outside with the species of bird and the wording “Product of a Licensed California Domesticated Game Breeder.”

(b) Each processor receiving domesticated game birds shall keep a complete record of all birds received showing all of the following:

(1) The date received.

(2) The number and species of birds in each lot or shipment.

(3) The complete name, address, and domesticated game breeders’ license number of the person from whom the birds were received.

(4) The disposition of processed birds, the date of sale or shipment, the quantity and species sold or shipped, and the person to whom the birds were sold or shipped.

(c) The records shall be retained by the processor for one year following date of processing. These records shall be subject to inspection upon demand by any officer of the department during hours the processing plant is in operation or open for business.

(d) This section does not affect the requirements of Section 3206 governing tagging domesticated game birds for transportation by those other than licensed poultry processors.

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FGC § 3212 (California game bird club regulations)

The keeper of a hotel, restaurant, boardinghouse, or club may sell portions of a quarter or loin of a large mammal, or the carcass of a game bird or mammal raised or imported under a domesticated game breeder’s license, to a patron for actual consumption on the premises only, and no license for that purpose shall be required of such keeper or club. All keepers of hotels, restaurants, boardinghouses, or clubs who sell any such game for consumption to a patron shall be required to submit to the inspection of their premises by the department and shall display for such inspection any carcass or parts thereof held in storage for sale. All such game shall be tagged under Section 3206.

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FGC § 3216 (California game bird club regulations)

All domesticated game birds and mammals, excepting deer, sold under the provisions of this article, shall be killed otherwise than by shooting. This section does not apply to licensed pheasant clubs, licensed domesticated migratory game bird shooting areas, or to the training or practice of hunting dogs.

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FGC § 3240.5 (California game bird club regulations)

(a) For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) “Commercial hunting club” means property with respect to which a fee is imposed or collected for either of the following:

(A) Taking or attempting to take birds or mammals on the property.

(B) A type of entry or use permit that includes permission to take birds or mammals on the property.

(2) “Property” means a number of contiguous legal parcels owned by one or more owners and held out for a common purpose.

(b) A person, including, but not limited to, an owner, renter, or lessee, who is in possession or control of a commercial hunting club, shall procure a commercial hunting club license before a bird or mammal may be taken on the property.

(c) This article does not apply under any of the following circumstances:

(1) The fees described in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) that are received by the owner, renter or lessee of the property are less than one hundred dollars ($100) per entrant and total less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) between July 1 and the following June 30. Pursuant to Section 713, department may adjust the threshold amounts established in this paragraph.

(2) The property is used in conjunction with the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program under Article 3 (commencing with Section 1570) of Chapter 5 of Division 2.

(3) A domesticated game bird hunting club licensed under Article 3 (commencing with Section 3270) operates on the property.

(4) A domesticated migratory game bird shooting area licensed under Article 4 (commencing with Section 3300) operates on the property.

(5) The property is used by a hunting club or program licensed under regulations adopted pursuant to this code.

(6) The property is used in conjunction with the private wildlife habitat enhancement and management program under Article 5 (commencing with Section 3400).

(7) The property is used for an officially sanctioned field trial event pursuant to regulations adopted pursuant to this code.

(8) The property is subject to a recorded state, federal, or nonprofit wildlife conservation or agricultural easement or is enrolled in a habitat protection or enhancement program under this code, including, but not limited to, Article 7 (commencing with Section 3460).

(d) This chapter does not apply to an owner of property that is rented or leased to a commercial hunting club, if the owner is not involved in the operation of the club and the club is licensed in accordance with this chapter.

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FGC § 3241 (California game bird club regulations)

(a) An application for a commercial hunting club license shall be submitted on a form furnished by the department. The application, which shall set forth all of the exemptions and conditions established in Section 3240.5, shall require the applicant to include all of the following information:

(1) The name of the club and the ownership.

(2) The business telephone number and mailing address of the club.

(3) The number of properties used by the club and the physical location of each property.

(4) The total acreage of the club property.

(5) A list of all species of game hunted on the club property.

(6) Information as to whether the club owner owns any of the properties used by the club.

(7) The name and address of each property owner, if the property owner is substantially involved in the operation of the club, but does not own the club.

(8) The signature and title of the applicant.

(9) Any other information the department may require.

(b) The department shall allow a commercial hunting club that leases or rents more than one property for hunting purposes to submit a single application listing each of the properties for which the club is seeking a license, if all of the information required for each property is submitted in a format approved by the department.

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FGC § 3242 (California game bird club regulations)

(a) The department may issue a commercial hunting club license to any person upon submission of a completed application and payment of the required fee, according to the number of properties used by the club, as follows:

(1) The fee for one property shall be two hundred dollars ($200).

(2) The fee for two to five properties shall be five hundred dollars ($500).

(3) The fee for six to 10 properties shall be one thousand dollars ($1,000).

(4) The fee for 11 or more properties shall be two thousand dollars ($2,000).

(b) The fees specified in this section are applicable to the 2010 license year, and shall be adjusted annually thereafter pursuant to Section 713.

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FGC § 3245 (California game bird club regulations)

Commercial hunting club licenses are valid for a term of one year from July 1st, or, if issued after the beginning of such term, for the remainder thereof. A license authorizes the person to whom it is issued to maintain a hunting club in accordance with the provisions of this code and such regulations as the commission may prescribe.

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FGC § 3270 (California game bird club regulations)

(a) In order to provide additional hunting by stocking domestically propagated game birds, and to permit the taking of game birds under conditions that will not conflict with the public interest, any person who owns or controls the hunting rights on a tract of land may apply to the department for a game bird club license authorizing the taking of game birds upon that land in accordance with the regulations of the commission for the administration, including the implementation and enforcement, of this section.

(b) This section shall become operative on July 1, 1995.

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FGC § 3300 (California game bird club regulations)

It is unlawful for any person to engage in the raising and releasing, or the releasing, of domesticated migratory game birds for shooting by persons who pay for that privilege, unless the person has a revocable nontransferable license issued by the department. The licenses may be issued annually by the department and shall be valid from July 1 through the following June 30, upon payment of a base fee of eighty dollars ($80), as adjusted under Section 713.

Any bird of a species included in the definition of migratory game birds, as defined in Section 3500, which has been held live in captivity is a “domesticated migratory game bird” for purposes of this section, except such a bird that has been released from captivity and any control before attaining six weeks of age.

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FGC § 3301 (California game bird club regulations)

The application for a license shall show the size and location of the area to be licensed. If an application is approved and a license is issued, the licensee shall post the boundaries of the licensed area with signs, at intervals of not more than 500 feet, which shall indicate that the area is licensed for the shooting of domesticated migratory game birds. Such signs shall be of a size not less than 12 by 18 inches.

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FGC § 3302 (California game bird club regulations)

The commission may prescribe additional regulations deemed necessary for the releasing and shooting of domesticated migratory game birds and shall set the season and areas where such birds may be taken. If the licensee violates any of the provisions of this article or any regulations made pursuant thereto, the commission may cancel or revoke the license provided notice has been given to the licensee and he has been given an opportunity to be heard by the commission.

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FGC § 3303 (California game bird club regulations)

Where domesticated migratory game birds are reared or held for release by the licensee, the licensee shall provide proper and adequate care for the birds and shall raise and hold them only under sanitary conditions. Conditions for proper care and raising shall be prescribed by the commission. The licensee shall provide for the inspection of birds and facilities upon the request of the department.

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FGC § 3305 (California game bird club regulations)

All domesticated migratory game birds at time of release for shooting shall be at least 14 weeks of age, capable of strong and sustained flight, fully feathered, and otherwise in condition to survive in the wild. Birds that are altered in any manner which would, in the opinion of the department, render them incapable of normal sustained flight, or which are diseased, or show evidence of malnutrition or injury, shall not be released.

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FGC §  3306 (California game bird club regulations)

Shooting shall be confined to blinds, except for shooting necessary to recover a downed and injured bird, and not more than three shooters shall occupy or use each blind. Such blinds shall be constructed to prevent the shooting of domestic migratory game birds over water and to insure maximum safety to occupants of adjoining blinds.

The blinds shall be so situated that the occupants of the blinds cannot see the release site.

The licensee shall not permit any shooting within 500 feet of a point where the birds are released, nor shall any birds be taken within such distance from the point of release.


FGC § 3307 (California game bird club regulations)

All birds killed or injured by shooters shall be retrieved without delay, and all injured birds shall be humanely dispatched. The licensee shall not permit injured birds to remain on a pond or feeding area, nor shall he knowingly permit such birds to be used in any subsequent release.

In order to prevent the loss of any dead or injured birds, the licensee shall provide the use of a retrieving dog, without cost, to all shooters, except that shooters may provide their own retrieving dogs. The licensee shall not permit the shooting of any birds unless a retrieving dog is immediately available for use by all shooters.

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FGC § 3308 (California game bird club regulations)

Licensees shall pay the department an inspection fee not to exceed five cents ($0.05) for each domesticated migratory game bird raised or used on a licensed area to insure proper adherence to these regulations.

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FGC § 3309 (California game bird club regulations)

No dead, domesticated migratory game bird shall be removed from the premises of a licensed area until there is securely attached to the carcass a seal, and such seal shall remain attached to the carcass until it is finally prepared for consumption. Each such seal shall be supplied by the department at a fee set by the commission not to exceed five cents ($0.05).

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FGC § 3310 (California game bird club regulations)

It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot domesticated migratory game birds on a licensed area without having a valid hunting license as provided by Section 3031.

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FGC § 3400 (California game bird club regulations)

It is the policy of the state actively to ensure the improvement of wildlife habitat on private land in order to encourage the propagation, utilization, and conservation of fish and wildlife resources on those lands now and for the future in cooperation with private landowners. The commission and the department may develop a private wildlife habitat enhancement and management program for the implementation of this article.

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FGC § 3460 (California game bird club regulations)

(a) Subject to appropriation pursuant to Section 3467, the director may enter into contracts with nonpublic entities which are owners of record, or with lessees, who have the owners of record execute the contract, of land determined by the director to be important for the conservation of waterfowl. The contract shall enforceably restrict the use of the land for the conservation of waterfowl and their habitat consistent with Section 8 of Article XIII of the California Constitution.

(b) The director shall give priority to contracts that have the greatest potential for restoring, enhancing, and protecting high quality waterfowl habitat, especially that which is subject to destruction, drastic modification, or significant curtailment of habitat values.

(c) Contracts entered into pursuant to this section are not subject to Part 2 (commencing with Section 10100) of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code.

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14 CCR § 600 (California game bird club regulations)

Licensed Game Bird Clubs.

No licensed game bird club utilizing domestically reared game birds may be operated in this state except under a license issued by the department and under the provisions of this section. Domestically reared game birds include only the following: Pheasants of the speciesPhasianus colchicus, including all ring-necked pheasant races, Indian chukar, domestically reared wild turkey, Hungarian partridge, bobwhite quail, Coturnix quail, and other such species as may be designated by the Fish and Game Commission.

(a) General Provisions for All Licensed Game Bird Clubs, Including Zone A and B Clubs.

(1) Licensed Provisions.

(A) Application Form. Application for a game bird club license shall be made on LICENSED GAME BIRD CLUB APPLICATION, Form LGBC 600 (5/95), which is incorporated by reference herein. Application forms are available from the Department of Fish and Game, License and Revenue Branch. The application form shall be completed in its entirety and submitted to the License and Revenue Branch. The approved application form (LGBC 600) shall be kept with the shooting permit records for the licensed area and shall be open to inspection.

(B) Signing of Application. Applications shall be signed by the applicant. If the applicant is a corporation, the application shall be signed by any one or more duly authorized officers of the corporation. If the applicant is a partnership, the application shall be signed in behalf of the partnership by any one or more of the general partners. If the applicant is a person, doing business under a business name, the application shall be signed by such person accompanied by a statement of the name under which business is being done.

(C) Inspection Requirement. The department may inspect each tract proposed for licensing to determine if it is suitable for a licensed game bird club.

(D) Licensed Area. A licensed game bird club shall include the total area within the exterior boundary.

(E) Map Requirement for New Areas or Boundary Changes. Applications for new areas and those involving a boundary change must include a current 7.5 minute U.S. Geological Survey topographic map denoting the boundaries of the proposed area or areas.

(F) Transfer of License. The department may transfer a license to other land owned or controlled by a licensee if the land is located in the same county as the land specified in the original application, if the new land is suitable for the purposes of the license. A transfer of license may not require an additional fee but may require a department inspection to determine if the above provisions are satisfied.

(G) Proof of Hunting Rights. Applications involving lands not owned by the applicant must include written verification that the applicant has acquired exclusive hunting rights on the land in question for the total period of the license.

(H) Term of License. A game bird club license shall be issued for a period of one year from August 1 to July 31, or for the remainder of the period if issued after August 1.

(I) License Fees. The base license fee shall be $280 for game bird clubs over 500 acres in size and $210 for game bird clubs of 500 acres or less. These fees shall be annually adjusted pursuant to Section 713 of the Fish and Game Code.

(J) Request for Cancellation of License. A licensee shall request that his/her license be cancelled. This request must be made in writing to the department’s License and Revenue Branch (see subsection (a)(1)(A)). The license fee shall not be refunded for a cancelled license.

(K) License Revocation or Suspension. The department may revoke, suspend or decline to renew a license for failure to comply with the provisions of a license or failure to comply with these regulations. Any person whose license is revoked or suspended may request a hearing before the commission to show cause why his/her permit should not be revoked or suspended.

(2) Posting of Area. Every game bird club shall be posted on the exterior boundary with signs of a size not less than 8 1/2 by 11 inches at intervals of at least three (3) to the mile and at all corners and entrances. The signs shall include the name of the club and the words: “private licensed game bird club or private licensed pheasant club -authorized under regulations of the Fish and Game Commission -no trespassing.” These signs shall be visible at least twenty-five (25) feet from the boundaries of such club. The department shall not furnish such signs. Signs shall be removed prior to September 15 of the succeeding year if no license is granted for that year.

(3) Compliance Requirement. It is unlawful to shoot, attempt to shoot, or otherwise take any game bird on the premises of any licensed game bird club unless the provisions of this Section 600 have been complied with. The department may inspect the premises of each licensed area to determine whether or not the licensee has complied with these regulations.

(4) Shooting Permit Requirement. No person may hunt domestically reared game birds on a licensed game bird club without having in possession a valid hunting license, a valid upland game bird stamp and a valid game bird club shooting permit issued by the licensee or an agent authorized by the licensee (see subsection (a)(9)). The shooting permit shall include the following information: name, hunting license number, and date(s) permit is valid.

(5) Daily Log Sheets. Every hunter on a licensed game bird club shall sign in on a daily log sheet at the location designated on the license application prior to going afield in pursuit of domestically reared game birds.

(6) Shooting Records. Licensees shall maintain a record for each shooting day on forms supplied by the department, LICENSED GAME BIRD CLUB MONTHLY REPORT, Form LGBC 600B (5/97), which is incorporated by reference herein, and shall make entries on the record for each shooting day.

(7) Shooting Records Maintenance. Shooting permit records and other records required by these regulations shall be open to inspection by the department on shooting days at a designated site identified in the license application. During the balance of the shooting season, these records shall be available for inspection by the department from the licensee or authorized agent. Records must be retained for inspection for a period of one year after the close of the shooting season. The licensee shall submit all of the LGBC 600B forms provided by the department showing the daily and monthly numbers of each species released and taken. The report shall be sent to the Department of Fish and Game, at an address to be determined by the Department, within thirty (30) days after shooting has ceased, and the licensee shall maintain a legible copy of such record.

(8) Seal Requirement.

(A) Seals shall be affixed by the licensee, or an authorized agent, to all pheasants, chukars, and turkeys taken on a licensed game bird club area. Seals shall be applied immediately upon the hunter’s return to club headquarters. Seals shall remain attached to the birds until they are finally prepared for consumption. Seals shall be supplied by the department at a fee of five cents ($0.05) each. These seals shall be purchased and located on the club area prior to the taking of any released birds. Seals may be obtained from the department’s License and Revenue Branch (see subsection (a)(1)(A)).

(B) Seals shall be affixed to bagged pheasants, chukars, and turkeys only. Seals shall be affixed only by the licensee or an authorized agent.

(C) The licensee must account for all used and unused seals upon request by the department. The licensee is required to destroy all unused seals at the end of each season.

(D) There shall be no refund of money for unused seals.

(E) Seals are not transferable and shall be used only on the licensed club to which they are issued.

(F) Seals are not required for domestically reared game birds other than pheasant, chukar, and turkey.

(9) Authorized Agents. The licensee may appoint authorized agents to serve in his/her capacity. An authorized agent must be 16 years of age or older. The applicant shall declare the intended authorized agents on LICENSED GAME BIRD CLUBS – AUTHORIZED AGENTS, (Form LGBC 600A), which is incorporated by reference herein, and post the form at the club headquarters for the duration of the season.

(10) Liberation of Birds.

(A) The department may require the licensee to deliver birds to the licensed area for inspection and/or banding. If banding is required the licensee or authorized agent shall remove all leg bands from birds killed on the licensed game bird club and return them to the department’s Wildlife Management Division (see subsection (a)(7) for address).

(B) At time of release, all birds shall be full-winged and otherwise in condition to go wild. Birds that are altered in any manner which would, in the opinion of the department, render them incapable of surviving in the wild, or which are diseased, or show evidence of malnutrition, shall be rejected for release.

(C) Approval for the release and take of domestically reared wild turkeys will not be granted in areas where wild turkeys have been released by the department or where a population of wild turkeys exists.

(11) Shooting Hours.

(A) The shooting hours for taking domestically reared game birds on game bird clubs shall be from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

(12) Conduct of Hunters. The licensee or authorized agent, of a licensed game bird club, may refuse to issue a permit to any person who in his/her opinion is intoxicated or handles firearms in a careless and dangerous manner. The licensee, or authorized agent, may also revoke forthwith the permit of any hunter who endangers the safety of other hunters, destroys or endangers property on the club or fails to attempt to recover crippled or dead birds which he/she has shot or violates any fish and game regulations.

(13) Laws and Regulations For Game Other Than Domestically Reared Game Birds. Game other than domestically reared game birds may be taken on a licensed game bird club under the laws and regulations applying to the state at large, including daily bag limits.

(14) Prohibition on Removal of Domesticated Game Birds Taken By Means Other Than Hunting. No game birds killed in any manner other than by hunting by legal methods shall be removed from the premises of any licensed game bird club. It shall be unlawful to sell or buy or attempt to sell or buy any domestic game birds taken from such club.

(15) Disease Prevention. Birds being reared for release by the licensee on a licensed game bird club or at an off-site location shall be maintained under conditions which are not conducive to the spread of diseases. Rearing facilities shall be subject to inspection by the department.

(16) Game Bird Purchase Records. The licensee shall retain copies of all game bird purchase invoices. A copy of these records shall be available for inspection during the license year. Information concerning the date and number of birds delivered shall be recorded on all invoices. All pens and birds may be inspected by the department at any time. A department employee may witness all releases.

(17) Use of Dogs. Hunters are encouraged to utilize retrieving dogs while in the field to assist in the recovery of downed birds. Hunters shall make a reasonable effort to locate all downed birds consistent with sections 203.1 and 4304 of the Fish and Game Code. For hunters without retrieving dogs, the licensee may provide dogs and accompanying handlers. No dog handler may serve as a guide and the use of dogs on game bird clubs does not constitute guiding, as defined in Section 2535 of the Code.

(b) Zones for Licensed Game Bird Clubs. For the purpose of hunting domestically reared game birds, the state is divided into Zone A and Zone B. Clubs licensed in these areas shall be known as Zone A and Zone B licensees, respectively.

(1) Zone A Licensed Game Bird Clubs.

(A) Zone A Defined. Zone A consists of the following area: San Joaquin-Sacramento Valleys; within a line beginning at the junction of State Highway 41 and Interstate Highway 5 northerly on Interstate Highway 5 to the junction of Washoe Avenue; northerly along Washoe Avenue to California Avenue (Panoche Road); westerly along California Avenue (Panoche Road) to Interstate Highway 5; northerly along Interstate Highway 5 to the Delta-Mendota Canal crossing; northerly and westerly along said canal to the crossing of the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks (about five (5) miles south of Byron); northwesterly along said railroad to its intersection with State Highway 4 at Brentwood; north and west along said State Highway 4 to its intersection with State Highway 84; along said State Highway 84 to the Sacramento-Contra Costa county line on the Antioch Bridge; westerly along the Sacramento-Contra Costa county line to its intersection with the Solano County boundary; northeasterly along the Sacramento County-Solano County line to Cache Slough; northwesterly along the South bank of Cache Slough to Haas Slough; northerly along the south bank of Haas Slough to its intersection with the Sacramento Northern Railroad tracks; northeasterly along the Sacramento Northern Railroad tracks to Bunker Station; westerly along the Bunker Station-Binghampton Road to State Highway 113; northerly along State Highway 113 to Hawkins Road; westerly along Hawkins Road to Leisure Town Road; southerly along Leisure Town Road to Cooper School Road; westerly along Cooper School Road to Nut Tree Road; northwesterly along Nut Tree Road to Interstate Highway 80; southwesterly along Interstate Highway 80 to the range line between R1W and R2W; northerly along said range line to the Pacific Gas and Electric Pit Vaca Dixon electrical transmission lines approximately six (6) miles north and east of the town of Capay; northwesterly along west right-of-way boundary of the said Pacific Gas and Electric transmission lines to the township line between T15N and T16N; northerly along the west right-of-way boundary of said transmission line to the Tehama County line; easterly along the Tehama-Glenn county line to the Sacramento River; northerly along the Sacramento River to the Tehama-Butte county Line; easterly along the Tehama-Butte county line to U.S. Highway 99; southeasterly along 99E through Chico to the junction of State Sign Route 162; southeasterly along State Sign Route 162 to the junction of State Highway 70; southeasterly on State Highway 70 to the township line between T18N and T19N; easterly on said township line to the Oroville-Bangor Highway; southeasterly on the Oroville-Bangor Highway to Bangor on the section line between Section 27 and Section 28, T18N, R5E; south on said section line to the township line between T18N and T17N; east on said township line to the range line between R5E and R6E; south on said range line to State Highway 20; easterly along said Highway 20 through Smartville to the common boundary between Nevada an Yuba counties; south along this boundary to Placer County; east along the common boundary of Nevada and Placer counties to the range line between R6E and R7E; south along said range line to the township line between T11N and T10N; east along this township line to the common boundary between Placer and El Dorado counties; south along said boundary to the common boundary between Sacramento and El Dorado counties; southeasterly along said boundary between Sacramento and El Dorado counties, Sacramento and Amador counties, San Joaquin and Amador counties, San Joaquin and Calaveras counties; southerly along the San Joaquin-Stanislaus county line to State Highway 4; easterly on State Highway 4 to Milton Road; southerly on Milton Road to its junction with Sonora Road; southeasterly along Sonora Road to Knights Ferry; southerly along the Knights Ferry-LaGrange Road to Warnerville; southerly along Crabtree Road to Turlock Lake State Park; southerly on Roberts Ferry Road to its intersection with Lake Road; westerly on Lake Road to Hawkins Road; southerly on Hawkins Road to Keyes Road; easterly on Keyes Road to its intersection with Cox Ferry Road; southerly along Cox Ferry Road and State Highway 59 to the Santa Fe Railroad tracks; southerly along the Santa Fe Railroad tracks through Planada and LeGrand to its intersection with State Highway 145; southwesterly along State Highway 145 to U.S. Highway 99; southerly along U.S. Highway 99 to State Highway 41; then southwesterly along State Highway 41 to the point of beginning.

(B) Shooting Season. The Zone A shooting season for pheasants shall commence on the Saturday nearest the 15th day of October and extend for 114 consecutive days. For all other domestically reared game birds, the Zone A shooting season shall be from September 1 to March 31 of the following year.

(C) Limitation on Pheasants Taken. At no time shall the number of pheasants taken on a Zone A licensed game bird club exceed 80% of the total number of pheasants previously released on the licensed area during the license year and up to 12 days prior to the season. Such birds must be released under the provisions of a current game bird club license.

(D) Daily Bag Limit. There is no daily bag limit for domestically reared game birds on a Zone A licensed game bird club.

(E) Unused Seals. Unused seals shall not be given to hunters.

(F) Headquarters and Travel Route. A headquarters building, housetrailer, or site for record inspection shall be maintained for each licensed game bird club during the shooting season. The location of the building, housetrailer, or site must be designated on the license application. No shooting permits shall be issued or birds taken until such headquarters has been established. When hunters, in order to travel between headquarters and the licensed hunting area, must travel off the licensed hunting area, the applicant must include in his application a request for an authorized travel route. Such route shall not exceed 10 miles. Firearms must be unloaded in conformance with state law while hunters are using such authorized travel route. The travel route must be included in the application and indicated on the map to scale required in the application. The headquarters and authorized travel routes shall be considered part of the licensed premises for the requirements of sealing birds, but shall not affect the gross area of the club.

(2) Zone B Licensed Game Bird Clubs.

(A) Zone B Defined. Zone B consists of the remainder of the state not included in the area described in subsection (b)(1)(A) above (Zone A).

(B) Shooting Season. The Zone B shooting season shall commence on September 1 and close on May 31.

(C) Release of Pheasants Required. Pheasants may not be taken on a Zone B licensed pheasant club unless domestically reared pheasants have previously been released on the licensed area during the current license year. The take of pheasants shall at no time exceed the number previously released during the current license year.

(D) Limitation on Birds Taken. The total number of pheasants which may be taken on a Zone B licensed game bird club shall not exceed the number of pheasants released on the licensed area during the license year.

(E) Daily Bag Limit. There is no daily bag limit for domestically reared game birds on a Zone B licensed game bird club.

(F) Unused Seals. Unused Zone B seals may be possessed only by the licensee or a duly authorized agent.

(G) Headquarters and Travel Route. A headquarters building, housetrailer, or site for record inspection shall be maintained for each licensed game bird club during the shooting season. The location of the building, housetrailer, or site must be designated on the license application. No shooting permits shall be issued or birds taken until such headquarters has been established. When hunters, in order to travel between headquarters and the licensed hunting area, must travel off the licensed hunting area, the applicant must include in his application a request for an authorized travel route. Such route shall not exceed 10 miles. Firearms must be unloaded in conformance with state law while hunters are using such authorized travel route. The travel route must be included in the application and indicated on the map to scale required in the application. The headquarters and authorized travel routes shall be considered part of the licensed premises for the requirements of sealing birds, but shall not affect the gross area of the club.

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14 CCR § 600.4 (California game bird club regulations)

Licensed Domesticated Migratory Game Bird Shooting Areas

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 3300 of the Fish and Game Code, licenses to operate licensed domesticated migratory game bird shooting areas may be issued by the Department of Fish and Game on the following terms:

(a) Application Requirements.

(1) If the application indicates that the property upon which a licensed domesticated migratory game bird shooting area is to be operated does not belong to the applicant, he shall declare in the application that he has acquired from the landowner exclusive hunting rights on the said property during the license period. The department may at its discretion require the applicant to provide written verification that he has acquired such hunting rights.

(2) Application shall be made on forms supplied by the department.

(3) Applications shall be signed by the applicant. If the applicant is a corporation the application shall be signed by any one or more duly authorized officers of the corporation. If the applicant is a partnership, the application shall be signed in behalf of the partnership by any one or more of the general partners. If the applicant is a natural person, doing business under a fictitious name, the application shall be signed by such natural person accompanied by a statement of the fictitious name under which he is doing business.

(4) Appearance of Representative of Applicant. Whenever it appears to the commission, on information furnished by the department, that a licensee has not complied with all of the terms and conditions of his permit, no license shall be issued to such licensee for the following year unless he supports his application for renewal of his license by an appearance before the commission in person or by an authorized representative and presents evidence which, in the opinion of the commission, constitutes a justifiable excuse for his failure to satisfy the conditions of his permit during the preceding license year. Unless the commission is thus satisfied, no license shall be issued to the applicant for the period covered by the application.

(5) License Withdrawal. The department may, in its discretion upon written application by the licensee, allow the licensee to withdraw from his license. In the application the licensee shall state the reasons for his request. The license fee shall not be refunded once the license has been issued.

(b) Suitability of Area for Use as Licensed Domesticated Migratory Game Bird Shooting Area. No license for a licensed domesticated migratory game bird shooting area shall be issued until an investigation has been completed by the department and the department has determined that the property is suitable for the purpose of a licensed domesticated migratory game bird shooting area. The department shall base its determinations on whether or not the proposed shooting area will cause conflicts with wild migratory game bird hunting, that the establishment of the shooting area will be in the public interest, and that the operation of a licensed domesticated migratory game bird shooting area at the location specified in the application will not have a detrimental effect upon wild migratory game birds. In the event the license is refused by the department the applicant shall have the right of appeal to the Fish and Game Commission.

(c) Signs. Licensed domesticated migratory game bird shooting area signs shall be posted by the licensee as required by Section 3301 of the Fish and Game Code. Such signs shall be removed prior to September 15 of the succeeding year if no license is granted for that year.

(d) Inspection of Licensed Premises and Domesticated Migratory Game Birds.

(1) The premises where domesticated migratory game birds are held for the purpose of shooting shall be inspected by the Department of Fish and Game for health of birds and sanitation of facilities. Licensees shall pay the department an inspection fee of two cents ($0.02) for each migratory game bird raised or imported for shooting purposes.

(2) Every person who brings or causes to be brought into this state live domestically reared migratory game birds for shooting purposes shall have such birds inspected for disease and health conditions at the point of origin by a licensed veterinarian. A certificate stating that the birds are disease free and signed by a licensed veterinarian, and endorsed by a federal veterinarian, will be forwarded to the Department of Fish and Game for each shipment of birds. Any shipment of birds not accompanied by a certificate of inspection shall be destroyed or returned to the place of origin by the importer at his sole cost and responsibility.

(e) Shooting Season. The season during which shooting shall be permitted shall be for the period September 1 through May 31.

(f) Shooting Hours. Shooting hours for taking domesticated migratory game birds on licensed areas shall be from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset

(g) Methods of Take. Domesticated migratory game birds may be taken on licensed areas only by the following equipment or methods:

(1) Shotguns 10 gauge or smaller using shotshells only and incapable of holding more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined

(2) Muzzle-loading shotguns;

(3) Falconry;

(4) Long bow and arrow;

(h) Reports and Records. Licensees shall maintain on forms supplied by the department an up-to-date record of the number of domesticated migratory game birds taken and the number of hunters using the area. Such original record shall be submitted to the Department of Fish and Game, Wildlife Protection Branch, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California 95814, within ten (10) days after the close of each month during the shooting season, and the licensee shall retain a legible copy of such records. Such records shall be open to inspection at the area headquarters on shooting days, at the club headquarters or in the possession of the licensee or his agent during the balance of the shooting season, and at a location specified by the licensee for one year thereafter. Such records shall be open to the inspection at any time during these periods by authorized representatives of the department.

(i) Seals on Birds Killed.

(1) Seals, as required by Section 3309 of the Fish and Game Code, shall be affixed by the licensee or his agent to all domesticated migratory game birds taken on the licensed area before such birds are removed from the licensed area. Unused seals shall not be given to shooters. These seals shall be of a type approved by the Fish and Game Commission and shall be purchased at a cost of five cents ($0.05) each prior to the taking of any domesticated migratory game birds on the license area.

(2) All seals must be accounted for by the licensee whenever requested by the department, and at the end of the domesticated migratory game bird shooting area season unused seals shall be returned to the department with the final report. There shall be a refund of money for all returned unused seals.

(3) Seals are not transferable and shall be used only on the licensed domesticated migratory game bird shooting area for which issued.

(j) Posting of Laws and Regulations. Each licensee shall post a complete copy of the licensed migratory game bird shooting area laws and regulations in the area headquarters where they may be read by any person using the facilities of the area. An appropriate copy of the laws and regulations will be furnished to each licensee by the department.

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14 CCR § 680 (California game bird club regulations)

Propagation, Sale, Transportation and Release of Birds or Mammals by Domestic Game Breeders, Licensed Pheasant Clubs, or Domestic Migratory Game Bird Shooting Areas

(a) For the purpose of this section, a diseased bird or mammal is one that carries a disease which is detrimental to wild populations.

(b) No birds or mammals, designated by the department to be diseased, shall be propagated, sold, transported, released, or otherwise disposed of without a free written permit issued by the department.

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14 CCR § 713 (California game bird club regulations)

Carcass Condemnation for Diseased, Injured, or Chemically Immobilized Big-Game Species

(a) The Director may authorize Department employees to condemn the carcass of a diseased, injured, or chemically immobilized big-game animal (as defined in Section 350) that was lawfully taken and lawfully possessed under a license tag that is, in the opinion of the employee, unfit for human consumption, if the individual who took the animal requests it and this condition was not created by the actions of the individual who took the animal. A Department employee may condemn a big-game carcass that was chemically immobilized if the animal was taken during the established withdrawal period of that immobilizing drug.

(b) The individual who took the carcass shall surrender the entire condemned carcass and any parts thereof to the Department employee or dispose of it as instructed by the Department employee.

(c) After condemnation and surrender or verification of the appropriate disposal of the carcass as instructed by a department employee, the department employee shall provide written authorization to the tag holder who took the animal to, at their discretion, choose one of the following options:

(1) Purchase and use a duplicate tag subject to the fees established in Section 702 for the remainder of the current season under which the animal was taken; or

(2) Participate in the next big-game drawing for that species with one additional preference point added to the number of preference points the tag holder had when they obtained the original tag.

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