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TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2200, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS, SO AS TO SPECIFY ADDITIONAL PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2210, RELATING TO ABUSE OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA LANDS, SO AS TO INCLUDE HERITAGE TRUST AND DEPARTMENT OWNED LANDS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2220, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO ADDITIONAL PENALTIES FOR ABUSING WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA LANDS, SO AS TO INCLUDE HERITAGE TRUST AND DEPARTMENT OWNED LANDS; AND BY ADDING SECTION 50-11-2225 SO AS TO CREATE A MISDEMEANOR CRIMINAL OFFENSE FOR ENTERING OR REMAINING ON A CLOSED AREA CONTRARY TO THE INSTRUCTIONS OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, MANAGER, OR DEPARTMENT CUSTODIAL PERSONNEL.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 50-11-2200 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 84 of 2007, is further amended to read:
"Section 50-11-2200. (A) Subject to available funding, the department shall acquire sufficient wildlife habitat through lease or purchase or otherwise to establish wildlife management areas for the protection, propagation, and promotion of
fish and wildlife and for public hunting and fishingnatural resource dependent recreational use. The department may not have under lease at any one time more than one million six hundred thousand acres in the wildlife management area program. The department may not pay more than fair market value for the lease of lands in the area. The department may not lease land for the program which, during the preceding twenty-four months, was held under a private hunting lease. However, this restriction does not apply:
(1) if the former lessee executes a voluntary consent to the proposed wildlife management area lease;
(2) if the lessor cancels the lease; or
(3) to any lands which, during the twenty-four months before June 5, 1986, were in the game management area program.
The department may promulgate regulations for hunting and taking wildlife on all wildlife management areas.
(B) The department may promulgate regulations for the protection, preservation, operation, maintenance, and use of wildlife management areas and Heritage Trust areas and those other lands owned by the department.
(C) The following acts or conduct are prohibited and shall be unlawful on all wildlife management areas, heritage preserves, and all other lands owned by the department; provided, however, the department may promulgate regulations allowing any of the acts or conduct by prescribing acceptable times, locations, means, and other appropriate restrictions not inconsistent with the protection, preservation, operation, maintenance, and use of such lands:
(1) hunting or taking wildlife or fish
during closed season;
(2) exceeding bag or creel limits;
(3) hunting or taking wildlife or fish by unauthorized methods, weapons, or ammunition;
(4) hunting or taking wildlife or fish during closed seasons, days, or times;
(5) hunting or taking wildlife by aid of bait or feeding or baiting wildlife;
(5)(7) rock climbing or rappelling;
(6)(8) operation of motorized and nonmotorized vehicles;
(9)(11) horse riding;
(12) staging or participating in 'paintball', 'airsoft', or similar games;
(10) operation of boats;
(11)(13) possession of pets and specialty animals;
(12) gathering plants;
(13)(14) use of fire, except by the department for management purposesfireworks, or explosives;
(14)(15) polluting or contaminating any land or water;
(15)(16) acting in a disorderly manner or creating any noise which would result in annoyance to others ;
(16) operating or using audio device, including radio, television, musical instruments, or any other noise producing devices, such as electrical generators, and equipment driven by motor engines, in such a manner and at such times as to disturb other persons and no person shall operate or use anya public address system;
possessionconsumption of alcoholic beverages or possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages on land designated for hunting .;
(18) conducting commercial activity or using the area for commercial gain, except by permit;
(19) gathering, damaging, or destroying plants, fallen vegetation, animals, fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, artifacts, geological formations or ecofacts, except by permit;
(20) entering a closed area or unauthorized entry;
(21) launching or landing parachutes or parasails or aircraft including models or remotely piloted aircraft and similar devices, except for law enforcement or emergencies;
(22) placing structures in the WMA, except permitted stands and blinds;
(23) obstructing or creating a hazard to land or water traffic or obstructing a watercourse;
(24) operating a motor vehicle in watercourses other than at fording sites;
(25) posting bills, signs, or other notices;
(26) indecently exposing one's person or performing an indecent act in public;
(27) abandoning vehicles or other equipment;
(28) defacing, altering, destroying, or removing any sign, marker, guidepost, fence, gate, lock, barrier, improvement, building, bridge, culvert, structure, natural landmark, or feature;
(30) use or possession of metal detectors except by permit;
(31) digging or excavating, except by permit;
(32) use of herbicides or pesticides, excluding insect repellent;
(33) introducing non-native or cultivated plants or other organisms, or releasing an animal;
(34) cutting or collecting of firewood, except by permit;
(35) target shooting, except in areas designated by the department;
(36) trapping; and
(37) shooting onto or across WMA areas closed to hunting or attempting to take wildlife on WMA areas closed to hunting.
(D) The department or emergency service personnel may undertake these activities for enforcement, emergencies, or management purposes.
(E) A person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than two hundred dollars or be imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both.
(F) As used in this section 'bait', 'baiting', or 'feeding' means placing, depositing, exposing, distributing, or scattering of shelled, shucked or unshucked corn, wheat, or other grain or food stuffs to constitute an attraction, lure, or enticement for wildlife to, on, or over an area. 'Baited area' means an area where bait or feed is directly or indirectly placed, deposited, exposed, distributed, or scattered, and the area remains a baited area for ten days following the complete removal of all bait or feed. Nothing in this section prohibits the hunting and taking of wildlife on or over lands or areas that are not otherwise baited and where:
(1) there are standing crops on the field where grown, including crops grown for wildlife management purposes; or
(2) shelled, shucked, or unshucked corn, wheat, or other grain, or seeds that have been distributed or scattered solely as the result of a normal agricultural practice as prescribed by the Clemson University Extension Service or its successor.
(G) An activity permitted by regulation may be temporarily suspended for up to one hundred eighty days if the activity is adversely affecting natural resources or human health or safety.
(E)(H) Nothing contained in this section shall interfere in any mannerwith the use and management of lands by a state agency in charge of these lands in the functions of the agency as authorized by law."
SECTION 2. Section 50-11-2210 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 50-11-2210. The abuse, misuse, damage, or destruction of wildlife management area land, Heritage Trust land, or department owned land or improvements on
wildlife management area landthese lands is unlawful. A person who abuses, misuses, damages, or destroys wildlife management area landthese lands or improvements on them including, but not limited to, roads, vegetation, buildings, structures, or fences or leaves refuse, trash, or other debris on the property or sets, makes, or builds a fire except in an area specially designated by the landowner, operates a motor conveyance in an area or on a road closed to operation, conducts target practice except in a designated target practice area, camps in an area not designated as a campsite, disregards a safety or restrictive posting by the landowner, or who otherwise abuses, damages, destroys, or misuses a wildlife management area landthese lands is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined two hundred dollars and be required to make restitution to the landowner in an amount determined by the court to be necessary to repair, rebuild, clean up, or restore the property to its condition before the abuse occurred. A person failing to make restitution within the time limit set by the court must serve a mandatory ten-day sentence in the county jail which may not be suspended in whole or in part. The provisions of this section are in addition to other criminal penalties."
SECTION 3. Section 50-11-2220 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 84 of 2007, is further amended to read:
"Section 50-11-2220. A person convicted
twice within a three-year periodof abusing, damaging, or destroying wildlife management area land, Heritage Trust land, or department owned land or improvements shall loseloses the privilege of entering onto wildlife management areasthese lands for one year. A person who enters a wildlife management areaonto wildlife management land, Heritage Trust land, or department owned land after losing the privilege to enter is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than two hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days or both and, in addition, shall lose the privilege to enter wildlife management areasthese lands for an additional two years and the privilege to hunt and fish for one year. The provisions of this section are in addition to other criminal penalties."
SECTION 4. Chapter 11, Title 50 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 50-11-2225. A person who enters a closed area or who remains on an area after being instructed by a law enforcement officer, the manager, or department custodial personnel to leave is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined up to five hundred dollars or imprisoned up to thirty days or both."
SECTION 5. If any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this act is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such holding shall not affect the constitutionality or validity of the remaining portions of this act, the General Assembly hereby declaring that it would have passed this act, and each and every section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, and word thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more other sections, subsections, paragraphs, subparagraphs, sentences, clauses, phrases, or words hereof may be declared to be unconstitutional, invalid, or otherwise ineffective.
SECTION 6. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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