Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 3916Ratification Number: 329Act Number: 315Primary Sponsor: SnowType of Legislation: GBSubject: Bird dogs, training ofDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19940301Computer Document Number: BBM/10480BD.93Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19940316Introduced Date: 19930413Date of Last Amendment: 19940126Last History Body: ------Last History Date: 19940316Last History Type: Act No. 315Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: SnowType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- ------------ 3916 ------ 19940316 Act No. 315 3916 ------ 19940316 Signed by Governor 3916 ------ 19940310 Ratified R 329 3916 Senate 19940301 Read third time, enrolled for ratification 3916 Senate 19940223 Read second time 3916 Senate 19940222 Committee Report: Favorable 07 3916 Senate 19940201 Introduced, read first time, 07 referred to Committee 3916 House 19940127 Read third time, sent to Senate 3916 House 19940126 Amended, read second time 3916 House 19940119 Committee Report: Favorable 20 with amendment 3916 House 19930413 Introduced, read first time, 20 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A315, R329, H3916)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-11-65 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE TRAINING OF BIRD DOGS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Training of bird dogs
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 50-11-65. (A) Persons engaged in the business of training bird dogs in return for money, goods, or services may obtain a Bird Dog Trainer's License entitling them to the privileges provided in this section.
(B) The applicant for the license shall provide proof of ownership in or a recorded leasehold instrument for a tract of land to be designated as a bird dog training area. The applicant also shall provide a county or highway map designating the location of the property together with a tax map, aerial photograph, or plat designating the property boundaries. The bird dog training area may not exceed fifty acres for each licensee.
(C) The boundaries of the area must be posted every one hundred fifty feet or less with signs designating the area as follows: `Private Bird Dog Training'.
(D) The application and the license must list the trainer and not more than two assistants, all of whom must have hunting licenses. Upon receiving a training license, the trainer and his two assistants may take pen-raised quail during the closed season for training dogs. No person, trainer, or assistant, may be listed on more than one license.
(E) The licensee shall maintain records showing the number of birds purchased or raised, released for bird dog training, and harvested as part of the training program, together with other records the department may require as a condition of the license. A copy of these records must be open for inspection by agents of the department at reasonable times and must be furnished to the department in an annual report before issuance of the next year's license. The fee for the license is fifty dollars, and the license expires annually June thirtieth.
(F) The trainer and his assistants shall make reasonable efforts to minimize the disturbance of wild quail during training. Birds released pursuant to this section must be banded, and recovery or recall pens may be used if the trainer is issued a permit for the pens. Unbanded quail taken in recall pens must be released immediately.
(G) A person possessing a hunting license may train bird dogs on private land at any time during the year. However, outside the established quail season, only weapons capable of firing blank ammunition may be used unless feral pigeons have been released and are being used in the training. (H) A person violating subsection (C), (D), (E), (F), or (G) is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days. A trainer or assistant trainer who violates one or more of these subsections must have his privileges provided under this section suspended for two years from the date of conviction."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 16th day of March, 1994.