California Wild Game Processing Regulations for Butchers, Processors, Clubs, Dealers, Restaurants & Cold Storage

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Topics

California wild game processing regulations.
California wild game processing regulations.
  1. Bag & Possession Limits, see 14 CCR § 251.7(a).
  2. Dealers, see FGC § 3213.
  3. Deer, see Reindeer and Tags.
  4. Food Services, see FGC § 3212.
  5. Imports,see Reindeer Meat below.
  6. Inspections, see FGC § 1006FGC § 3212FGC § 3213, and 14 CCR § 711.
  7. Records, see FGC § 3086 and 14 CCR § 711.
  8. Reindeer Meat Imports, see 14 CCR § 675(b).
  9. Tags, see FGC § 3212FGC § 3213, and 14 CCR § 708.6 [deer tag validation].

List of Regulations

  1. FGC § 1006 [allows CDFW inspections]
  2. FGC § 3086 [requires record of wild game held in storage]
  3. FGC § 3212  [allows a hotel, restaurant, boardinghouse, or club to sell large mammals quarters and loins, and domesticated game birds and mammals, for consumption on the premises, and allows CDFW to inspect the (a) premises, (b) carcasses or parts held in storage, and (c) tags required in Section 3206.
  4. FGC § 3213 [allows retail meat dealer to sell large mammals quarters and loins, and domesticated game birds and mammals, for consumption, and allows CDFW to inspect the (a) premises, (b) carcasses or parts held in storage, and (c) tags required in Section Section 3206.
  5. 14 CCR § 251.7(a) [allows cleaning and storage businesses to possess more than the daily bag and possession limits of birds with proper tags]
  6. 14 CCR § 675(b) [requires proper tags or seals prior to import of domesticated reindeer meat into California for storage or sale.
  7. 14 CCR § 708.6 [allows owners and operators to validate deer tags]
  8. 14 CCR § 711 [provides requirements for records, maintenance, and CDFW inspections]

Regulations

FGC § 1006

Generally [1000 – 1021]

The department may inspect the following:

(a) All boats, markets, stores and other buildings, except dwellings, and all receptacles, except the clothing actually worn by a person at the time of inspection, where birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, or amphibia may be stored, placed, or held for sale or storage.

(b) All boxes and packages containing birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, or amphibia which are held for transportation by any common carrier.

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FGC § 3086

Possession of Birds and Mammals After Season [3080 – 3087]

Cold storage plants and frozen food locker plants shall make and keep a complete detailed record of all game birds or mammals stored in such plants. A record of each game bird or mammal shall be made at the time it is received at the plant for storage.

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FGC § 3212

Domesticated Game Breeding

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 § 3213

Domesticated Game Breeding [3200 – 3219]

A retail meat dealer may, without a license, 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 customer for actual consumption.

Retail dealers shall submit their premises to inspection by the department, and shall display at any authorized inspection any carcass or parts thereof held by them in storage. Such game meat or carcasses shall be tagged under Section 3206.

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14 CCR § 675

Importation and Sale of Domesticated Reindeer Meat.

Any domesticated reindeer meat imported into this state shall be accompanied by a bill of lading, a copy of which shall be forwarded to the Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, within 24 hours after such importation. The bill of lading shall indicate the number of carcasses or pieces of reindeer meat, the total weight of the shipment, the country of origin and the name of the importer.

(a) No domesticated reindeer carcass or portion thereof shall be transported for sale or sold by an importer or wholesaler unless each quarter and each loin or each piece of the carcass of each reindeer is tagged with a domesticated game breeders tag or seal as provided in sections 3206 and 3207 of the Fish and Game Code.

(b) Tags or seals must be affixed to reindeer meat at the point of origin or by the importer before the meat is distributed for storage or sale in California.

(c) No tag or seal so affixed shall be used again.

(d) No tag or seal shall be sold by the department to anyone other than a person who is legally in possession of domesticated reindeer, reindeer carcasses or portions thereof.

(e) The keeper of a hotel, restaurant, boarding house, or club may sell portions of a quarter or loin of a domesticated reindeer to a patron or guest for actual consumption on the premises only.

(f) A retail meat dealer may sell portions of a quarter or loin of a domesticated reindeer carcass to a customer for actual consumption. All packages containing such portions shall be marked to indicate the origin, place of sale, amount contained in each package and date of sale. This marking shall be kept with the reindeer meat until such meat is consumed.

(g) The premises of such importers, wholesalers and retailers, together with the premises of such hotels, restaurants, boarding houses and clubs shall be open to inspection by the department at all times

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14 CCR § 708.6

Tag Validation, Countersigning and Transporting Requirements.

Click here.

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14 CCR § 711

Cold Storage/Frozen Food Locker Plant Records.

(a) Any person operating a cold storage plant or frozen food locker plant where game birds or game mammals, or parts thereof, taken pursuant to a hunting license are processed, preserved or stored, shall prepare and maintain the following records:

(1) name and address of residency of the individual who delivers the game bird or game mammal to the facility;

(2) name, address of residency and the identification number issued from the department’s Automated License Data System terminal, the Get Outdoors ID (GO ID) or the hunting license number, and tag number if applicable, of the individual who took the game bird or game mammal;

(3) location of kill-State__________ County__________ Deer Zone or Special Hunt Number__________;

(4) species; and

(5) date received.

(b) The records required by this section shall be maintained at the facility for a period of one year for each game bird or game mammal retained, and shall be open for inspection by wardens of the Department.

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