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West's Annotated California Codes. Fish and Game Code. Division 4. Birds and Mammals. Part 1. Provisions Generally Applicable to Both. Chapter 1. General Provisions. Article 2.5. Hunter's Safety.

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Citation: CA FISH & G 3049 -3055.1

Citation: West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code 3049 -3055.1


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 11/2012

Summary:  

The Legislature of California in these sections finds and declares that individuals who engage in hunting should possess an adequate understanding of hunter safety practices, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship.  In order to achieve these goals, hunters must procure a license and complete a course in hunter safety.



Statute in Full:

§  3049.  Legislative Intent, Declarations and Findings

§  3050.  Conditions Precedent to Issuance of Hunting License

§  3051.  Course of instruction; appointment of instructors; issuance of certificate of completion; revocation of instructor's certificate 

§  3052.  Fee; Record of Expenses  

§  3053.  Duplicate Certificates

§  3054.  Distribution of information

§ 3055. Repealed by Stats.2007, c. 285 (A.B.1729), § 61

§ 3055.1. Repealed by Stats.2007, c. 285 (A.B.1729), § 62

 

 

 

§  3049.  Legislative Intent, Declarations and Findings

It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this article to ensure the health and safety of its citizens engaged in activities requiring the use of hunting implements.

The Legislature finds and declares that individuals who engage in hunting should possess an adequate understanding of hunter safety practices, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship.

It is also the intent of the Legislature that persons so engaged be mindful of their responsibilities to others, toward wildlife, and toward their natural environment. The department shall take all steps necessary to carry out the provisions of this article. 

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(Added by Stats.1970, c. 1404, p. 2668, § 5; Stats.1970, c. 1539, p. 3111, § 5, operative June 1, 1971.)


 

§  3050.  Conditions precedent to issuance of hunting license 

(a) No hunting license may be issued to any person unless he or she presents to the person authorized to issue that license any of the following:

(1) Evidence that he or she has held a hunting license issued by this state in a prior year.

(2) Evidence that he or she holds a current hunting license, or a hunting license issued in either of the two previous hunting years by another state or province.

(3) A certificate of completion of a course in hunter education, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship, as provided in this article. A hunter education instruction validation stamp shall be permanently affixed to certificates of completion that have been issued before January 1, 2008.

(4) A certificate of successful completion of a hunter education course in another state or province.

(5) Evidence of completion of a course in hunter education, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship, which the commission may, by regulation, require.

(b) The evidence required in subdivision (a) shall be forwarded to the department with the license agent's report of hunting license sales as required pursuant to Section 1055.5.

(c) Subdivision (a) does not apply to any person purchasing a hunting license under paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) of Section 3031. However, that license shall not qualify as evidence required in subdivision (a) of this section.

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(Added by Stats.1970, c. 1404, p. 2669, § 5; Stats.1970, c. 1539, p. 3111, § 5, operative June 1, 1971. Amended by Stats.1989, c. 530, § 1; Stats.1995, c. 293 (A.B.1916), § 3; Stats.1995, c. 827 (S.B.123), § 2, eff. Oct. 13, 1995; Stats.1998, c. 247 (A.B.2230), § 4; Stats.2002, c. 453 (A.B.3055), § 4; Stats.2007, c. 285 (A.B.1729), § 58.)

 

§  3051.  Course of instruction; appointment, qualifications, and duties of instructors; revocation of instructor's certificate; special hunting opportunities for qualified instructors; rules and regulations

(a) The department shall provide for a course of instruction in hunter education, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship, and for this purpose may cooperate with any reputable association or organization having as one of its objectives the promotion of hunter safety, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship.

(b) The department may designate as a hunter education instructor any person found by it to be competent to give instruction in the courses required in this article. A person so appointed shall give that course of instruction, and, upon completion thereof, shall issue to the person instructed a certificate of completion as provided by the department in hunter safety, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship.

(c) The department shall prescribe a minimum level of skill and knowledge to be required of all hunter education instructors, and may limit the number of students per instructor in all required classes.

(d) The department may revoke the certificate of any instructor when, in the opinion of the department, it is in the best interest of the state to do so.

(e)(1) In order to recruit and retain hunter education instructors, the department shall offer special hunting opportunities to qualified hunter education instructors by providing a limited number of existing tags and other hunting opportunities. The department may provide these tags and hunting opportunities through any of the following methods:

(A) The private lands management program described in Article 5 (commencing with Section 3400) of Chapter 2.

(B) The Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program described in Article 3 (commencing with Section 1570) of Chapter 5 of Division 2.

(C) Entering into cooperative agreements with federal, state, and local agencies that hold title to, or administer, lands or waters.

(D) Entering into cooperative agreements with landowners or tenants seeking depredation permits for game mammals as described in Section 4188.

(E) Authorizing a maximum of 15 tags from the annual tag quota, as determined by the department.

(2) The department shall determine eligibility criteria for hunter education instructors seeking hunting opportunities offered pursuant to this subdivision. The department shall select hunter education instructors who meet these criteria for opportunities pursuant to this subdivision only by random drawing.

(f) The department may adopt regulations to implement this section.

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(Added by Stats.1970, c. 1404, p. 2669, § 5; Stats.1970, c. 1539, p. 3111, § 5, operative June 1, 1971. Amended by Stats.1989, c. 530, § 2; Stats.2007, c. 285 (A.B.1729), § 59; Stats.2010, c. 419 (A.B.1254), § 2.)

 

§  3052.  Fee; Record of Expenses

No fee shall be charged for the instructor's service, however, a fee to cover the cost of giving such instructions may be charged each person participating and receiving such instructions. A record of such expenses shall be kept for inspection by the department. Such expenses may include, but not be limited to, such items as range fees, ammunition and transportation of students. 

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(Added by Stats.1970, c. 1404, p. 2669, § 5; Stats.1970, c. 1539, p. 3112, § 5, operative June 1, 1971.)

 

§  3053.  Duplicate Certificates

In the case of loss or destruction of a certificate, a duplicate certificate may be issued by the instructor who issued the original certificate, or, by an instructor of the sponsoring organization having adequate records to establish successful completion of the prescribed course, or by the department if verified by adequate records to establish successful completion of the prescribed course. An administrative fee of three dollars ($ 3) shall be charged for the issuance of a duplicate certificate, for the hunting license year commencing on July 1, 1990, and, for the following years as adjusted pursuant to Section 713. 

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(Added by Stats.1970, c. 1404, p. 2669, § 5; Stats.1970, c. 1539, p. 3112, § 5, operative June 1, 1971. Amended by Stats.1989, c. 530, § 3.)

 

§  3054.  Distribution of information 

The department shall furnish information on hunter safety, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship that shall be distributed free of charge to persons designated as hunter education instructors for instructional purposes.

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(Added by Stats.1970, c. 1404, p. 2670, § 5; Stats.1970, c. 1539, p. 3112, § 5, operative June 1, 1971. Amended by Stats.2007, c. 285 (A.B.1729), § 60.)

 

§  3055.  - § 3055. Repealed by Stats.2007, c. 285 (A.B.1729), § 61

 

§  3055.1.  - § 3055.1. Repealed by Stats.2007, c. 285 (A.B.1729), § 62

 

 

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