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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. Hunting Licenses

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Citation: CA FISH & G 3031 - 3039

Citation: West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code 3031 - 3039


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 11/2012

Summary:   These sections outline the general licensing requirements for hunting in the State of California.  The provisions contain age and residency requirements,  grant lifetime licenses in certain instances, and outline preferences for members of the armed forces and veterans.


Statute in Full:

§ 3031. Eligibility; fee; annual adjustment of base fee

§ 3031.2.  Lifetime Hunting Licenses; Scope of Authorized Activities; Fees; Annual Adjustment of Base Fees 

§ 3031.5.  Job Corps Enrollees Deemed Residents

§ 3032. Repealed by Stats.1970, c. 1404, p. 2668, § 3, operative June 1, 1971; Stats.1970, c. 1539, p. 3111, § 3, operative June 1, 1971

§ 3033. Disabled veterans; reduced fee licenses

§ 3034. Repealed by Stats.2001, c. 112 (A.B.435), § 18

§ 3035. Repealed by Stats.1981, c. 692, p. 2507, § 6

§ 3036. Repealed by Stats.1982, c. 327, § 18, eff. June 30, 1982

§ 3037. Term of license

§ 3038. Hunting permits for disabled members of armed forces

§ 3039. Sale of birds or mammals or parts thereof; exceptions

§ 3040. Free Hunting Days; director authorized to designate two days per year; unlicensed hunters permitted to hunt under certain conditions; implementation

§§ 3041, 3042. Repealed by Stats.1977, c. 63, p. 463, §§ 1, 2

 


 

 

§ 3031. Eligibility; fee; annual adjustment of base fee

SEC. 16. Section 3031 of the Fish and Game Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA FISH & G § 3031 >>

 

3031. (a) A hunting license, granting the privilege to take birds and mammals, shall be issued to any of the following:

(1) A resident of this state, 16 years of age or older, upon the payment of a base fee of thirty-one dollars and twenty-five cents ($31.25).

(2) A resident or nonresident, who is under 16 years of age on July 1 of the licensing year, upon the payment of a base fee of eight dollars and twenty-five cents ($8.25), regardless of whether that person applies before or after July 1 of that year.

(3) A nonresident, 16 years of age or older, upon the payment of a base fee of one hundred eight dollars and fifty cents ($108.50).

(4) A nonresident, 16 years of age or older, valid only for two consecutive days upon payment of the fee set forth in paragraph (1). A license issued pursuant to this paragraph is valid only for taking resident and migratory game birds, resident small game mammals, fur-bearing mammals, and nongame mammals, as defined in this code or in regulations adopted by the commission.

(5) A nonresident, valid for one day and only for the taking of domesticated game birds and pheasants while on the premises of a licensed game bird club, or for the taking of domesticated migratory game birds in areas licensed for shooting those birds, upon the payment of a base fee of fifteen dollars ($15).

(b) The base fees specified in this section are applicable to the 2004 license year, and shall be adjusted annually thereafter pursuant to Section 713.

(c) The commission shall adjust the amount of the fees specified in subdivision (b), as necessary, to fully recover, but not exceed, all reasonable administrative and implementation costs of the department and the commission relating to those licenses.

 

§  3031.2.  Lifetime Hunting Licenses; Scope of Authorized Activities; Fees; Annual Adjustment of Base Fees - AMENDED 2012

SEC. 21. Section 3031.2 of the Fish and Game Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA FISH & G § 3031.2 >>

 

3031.2. (a) In addition to Sections 714 and 3031, and notwithstanding Section 3037, the department shall issue lifetime hunting licenses under this section. A lifetime hunting license authorizes the taking of birds and mammals anywhere in this state in accordance with the law for purposes other than profit for the life of the person to whom issued unless revoked for a violation of this code or regulations adopted under this code. A lifetime hunting license is not transferable. A lifetime hunting license does not include any special tags, stamps, or fees.

(b) A lifetime hunting license may be issued to residents of this state, as follows:

(1) To a person 62 years of age or over, upon payment of a base fee of three hundred sixty-five dollars ($365).

(2) To a person 40 years of age or over, and less than 62 years of age, upon payment of a base fee of five hundred forty dollars ($540).

(3) To a person 10 years of age or over, and less than 40 years of age, upon payment of a base fee of six hundred dollars ($600).

(4) To a person less than 10 years of age, upon payment of a base fee of three hundred sixty-five dollars ($365).

(c) Nothing in this section requires a person less than 16 years of age to obtain a license to take birds or mammals except as required by law.

(d) Nothing in this section exempts an applicant for a license from meeting other qualifications or requirements otherwise established by law for the privilege of sport hunting.

(e) The base fees specified in this section are applicable commencing January 1, 2004, and shall be adjusted annually thereafter pursuant to Section 713.

(f) The commission shall adjust the amount of the fees specified in subdivision (b), as necessary, to fully recover, but not exceed, all reasonable administrative and implementation costs of the department and the commission relating to those licenses.

Former Text:

(a) In addition to Sections 714 and 3031, and notwithstanding Section 3037, the department shall issue lifetime hunting licenses under this section. A lifetime hunting license authorizes the taking of birds and mammals anywhere in this state in accordance with the law for purposes other than profit for the life of the person to whom issued unless revoked for a violation of this code or regulations adopted under this code. A lifetime hunting license is not transferable. A lifetime hunting license does not include any special tags, stamps, or fees.

(b) A lifetime hunting license may be issued to residents of this state, as follows:

(1) To a person 62 years of age or over, upon payment of a base fee of three hundred sixty-five dollars ($365).

(2) To a person 40 years of age or over, and less than 62 years of age, upon payment of a base fee of five hundred forty dollars ($540).

(3) To a person 10 years of age or over, and less than 40 years of age, upon payment of a base fee of six hundred dollars ($600).

(4) To a person less than 10 years of age, upon payment of a base fee of three hundred sixty-five dollars ($365).

(c) Nothing in this section requires a person less than 16 years of age to obtain a license to take birds or mammals except as required by law.

(d) Nothing in this section exempts an applicant for a license from meeting other qualifications or requirements otherwise established by law for the privilege of sport hunting.

(e) The base fees specified in this section are applicable commencing January 1, 2004, and shall be adjusted annually thereafter pursuant to Section 713.

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(Added by Stats.1997, c. 424 (S.B.263), § 3. Amended by Stats.2003, c. 741 (S.B.1049), § 8; Stats.2007, c. 285 (A.B.1729), § 57.)

 

§  3031.5.  Job Corps Enrollees Deemed Residents

 For the purpose of obtaining a hunting license, enrollees in the Job Corps, created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-452), shall be deemed to be residents of California. 

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(Added by Stats.1965, c. 1086, p. 2732, § 1.
)

 

§ 3032. Repealed by Stats.1970, c. 1404, p. 2668, § 3, operative June 1, 1971; Stats.1970, c. 1539, p. 3111, § 3, operative June 1, 1971


 

§ 3033. Disabled veterans; reduced fee licenses - AMENDED 2012

SECTION 1. Section 3033 of the Fish and Game Code is amended to read:

 

<< CA FISH & G § 3033 >>

 

3033. (a) The department shall, upon application and payment of a fee, issue a reduced fee hunting license, that authorizes the licensee to take any bird or mammal as otherwise authorized pursuant to this code and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, to a disabled veteran, as defined in subdivision (b), or to a recovering service member, as defined in subdivision (c), who has not been convicted of any violation of this code. The base license fee for a reduced fee hunting license shall be four dollars ($4) for the hunting license year beginning on July 1, 1995, and, for the following years, this license fee may be annually reviewed and adjusted in accordance with Section 713.

(b) “Disabled veteran” means a person having a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability and an honorable discharge from military service. The person shall be eligible upon presentation of proof of an honorable discharge from military service and proof of the disability. Proof of the disability shall be by certification from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or by presentation of a license issued pursuant to this section in the preceding license year.

(c) “Recovering service member” means a member of the military who meets the definition of “recovering service member” in Section 1602(7) of the federal National Defense AuthorizationAct [FN1] for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110–181). A person shall be eligible for a reduced fee hunting license pursuant to this subdivision upon the submission of a letter, online or in hardcopy, to the department from that person's commanding officer or from a military medical doctor stating that the person is a recovering service member.

(d) A person applying for a reduced fee hunting license shall submit to the department adequate documentation for the department to determine whether the person is, in fact, eligible for a reduced fee hunting license. The department shall not issue a reduced fee hunting license to any person unless it is satisfied that the person has provided adequate documentation of eligibility for that license.

[FN1] So in enrolled bill

Former Text:

(a) The department shall, upon application and payment of a fee, issue a reduced fee hunting license, that authorizes the licensee to take any bird or mammal as otherwise authorized pursuant to this code and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, to a disabled veteran, as defined in subdivision (b), who has not been convicted of any violation of this code. The base license fee for a reduced fee hunting license shall be four dollars ($4) for the hunting license year beginning on July 1, 1995, and, for the following years, this license fee may be annually reviewed and adjusted in accordance with Section 713.

(b) "Disabled veteran" means a person having a 50 percent or greater service-connected disability and an honorable discharge from military service. The person shall be eligible upon presentation of proof of an honorable discharge from military service and proof of the disability. Proof of the disability shall be by certification from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or by presentation of a license issued pursuant to this section in the preceding license year.

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(Added by Stats.1989, c. 317, § 1, operative July 1, 1990. Amended by Stats.1990, c. 216 (S.B.2510), § 28; Stats.1994, c. 849 (S.B.2113), § 6; Stats.2003, c. 291 (A.B.1420), § 1.)

 

§ 3034. Repealed by Stats.2001, c. 112 (A.B.435), § 18

 

§ 3035. Repealed by Stats.1981, c. 692, p. 2507, § 6

 

§ 3036. Repealed by Stats.1982, c. 327, § 18, eff. June 30, 1982

 

§ 3037. Term of license

A hunting license authorizes the person to whom it is issued to take birds and mammals, in accordance with law, for a term of one year from July 1st to June 30th, or, if issued after the beginning of such term, for the remainder of the term. 

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(Stats.1957, c. 456, p. 1356, § 3037. Amended by Stats.1971, c. 1470, p. 2905, § 6.)

 

§ 3038. Hunting permits for disabled members of armed forces

Any member of the armed forces of the United States who is in a military medical facility and who is at least 70 percent disabled shall be issued a hunting permit, on application therefor, by the department, in lieu of a hunting license and appropriate tags, authorizing the taking of birds and mammals. If the permit covers a period during which birds or mammals may only be taken or shipped with appropriate tags, the department may issue such tags with the permit or shall endorse the permit to authorize such taking and shipping without such tags.

Such a permit shall be valid only during the period of time such person is in the medical facility and so disabled. Certification by the commanding officer of the military medical facility shall be sufficient proof of this period of time and extent of disability. 

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(Added by Stats.1961, c. 372, p. 1427, § 1. Amended by Stats.1971, c. 1470, p. 2906, § 7.)

 

§ 3039. Sale of birds or mammals or parts thereof; exceptions

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section and Sections 3087 and 4303, or any other provision of this code, or regulations adopted pursuant thereto, it is unlawful to sell or purchase any species of bird or mammal or part thereoffound in the wild in California .

(b) Products or handicraft items made from furbearing mammals and nongame mammals, their carcass or parts thereof, lawfully taken under the authority of a trapping license, may be purchased or sold at any time.

(c) Shed antlers, or antlers taken from domestically reared animals that have been manufactured into products or handicraft items, or that have been cut into blocks or units which are to be handcrafted or manufactured into those articles may be purchased or sold at any time. However, complete antlers, whole heads with antlers, antlers that are mounted for display, or antlers in velvet may not be sold or purchased at any time, except as authorized by Section 3087.

(d) Notwithstanding Section 3504, inedible parts of domestically raised game birds may be sold or purchased at any time.

(e) Any person who illegally takes any bird or mammal for profit or for personal gain by engaging in any activity authorized by this section is subject to civil liability pursuant to Section 2582. 

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(Added by Stats.1961, c. 688, p. 1924, § 1. Amended by Stats.1977, c. 1208, p. 4082, § 6; Stats.1990, c. 747 (A.B.3803), § 1; Stats.1992, c. 255 (A.B.3421), § 1.)

 

 § 3040. Free Hunting Days; director authorized to designate two days per year; unlicensed hunters permitted to hunt under certain conditions; implementation

(a) Notwithstanding Section 3031, the director may designate two days per year as “Free Hunting Days.” One free hunting day may be established during the fall hunting season, and the other free hunting day may be established during the winter hunting season. The department shall publish the exact dates of the free hunting days in annual publications of the department regarding current hunting regulations.

(b) During a free hunting day, a California resident may hunt if accompanied by a hunter who holds a valid hunting license issued by the State of California, has held a valid hunting license for at least the last three consecutive years, is at least 21 years of age, and accompanies only one unlicensed hunter in the field at a time. An unlicensed hunter shall participate in the free hunting days for only one license year and shall complete a hunter education course approved by the department and register with the department, or an agent of the department, prior to participating in a free hunting day. While engaged in hunting activities, the unlicensed hunter shall remain in close visual and verbal contact with the licensed hunter at all times so that the licensed hunter is able to provide adequate direction and immediately assume control of a firearm from the unlicensed hunter at any time.

(c) An unlicensed hunter who participates in a free hunting day shall have in his or her possession all of the following:

(1) A certificate of completion of a course in hunter education as required in paragraph (3) of subdivision (a) of Section 3050.

(2) Any required tags or report cards.

(3) Any required federal entitlements.

(4) Any required entry permits.

(d) Unlicensed hunters participating in free hunting days shall not take any species that requires a draw or lottery to obtain a tag.

(e) An unlicensed hunter hunting pursuant to this section is subject to all of the limitations, restrictions, conditions, statutes, rules, and regulations applicable to the holder of a valid hunting license, except the requirement to possess a valid hunting license.

(f) The department may adopt additional minimum requirements and restrictions for a licensed hunter or unlicensed hunter participating in a free hunting day pursuant to this section.

(g) This section shall not be implemented until the department's Automated License Data System is fully operational for at least one year.

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(Added by Stats.2010, c. 410 (S.B.1179), § 2.)


 

§§ 3041, 3042. Repealed by Stats.1977, c. 63, p. 463, §§ 1, 2

 



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