South Carolina General Assembly
110th Session, 1993-1994

Bill 3916

                    Current Status
Introducing Body:               House
Bill Number:                    3916
Ratification Number:            329
Act Number:                     315
Primary Sponsor:                Snow
Type of Legislation:            GB
Subject:                        Bird dogs, training of
Date Bill Passed both Bodies:   19940301
Computer Document Number:       BBM/10480BD.93
Governor's Action:              S
Date of Governor's Action:      19940316
Introduced Date:                19930413
Date of Last Amendment:         19940126
Last History Body:              ------
Last History Date:              19940316
Last History Type:              Act No. 315
Scope of Legislation:           Statewide
All Sponsors:                   Snow
Type 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
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
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 Committee
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(A315, R329, H3916)


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."

Time effective

SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Approved the 16th day of March, 1994.