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SenateBill Number: 992Ratification Number: 536Act Number: 473Primary Sponsor: LandType of Legislation: GBSubject: Hunting and fishing violations, point systemDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19940519Computer Document Number: NO5/7539BDW.94Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19940714Introduced Date: 19940111Date of Last Amendment: 19940518Last History Body: ------Last History Date: 19940714Last History Type: Act No. 473Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: LandType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- ------------ 992 ------ 19940714 Act No. 473 992 ------ 19940714 Signed by Governor 992 ------ 19940602 Ratified R 536 992 House 19940519 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification 992 Senate 19940518 House amendments amended, returned to House 992 Senate 19940518 Reconsidered vote whereby concurred in House amendments 992 Senate 19940518 Recalled from Legislative Council 992 Senate 19940517 Concurred in House amendment, enrolled for ratification 992 House 19940512 Read third time, returned to Senate with amendment 992 House 19940511 Amended, read second time 992 House 19940510 Debate adjourned until Wednesday, 19940511 992 House 19940505 Debate adjourned until Tuesday, 19940510 992 House 19940420 Committee Report: Favorable 20 with amendment 992 House 19940324 Introduced, read first time, 20 referred to Committee 992 Senate 19940323 Read third time, sent to House 992 Senate 19940322 Amended, read second time 992 Senate 19940317 Committee Report: Favorable 07 with amendment 992 Senate 19940111 Introduced, read first time, 07 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A473, R536, S992)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-1020, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE POINT SYSTEM FOR SUSPENDING HUNTING AND FISHING PRIVILEGES, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR AN ADDITIONAL HUNTING VIOLATION PERTAINING TO RACCOONS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-120, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE HUNTING SEASONS FOR SMALL GAME, SO AS TO REVISE THE SEASON FOR FOX IN GAME ZONE 6 AND THE SEASON FOR RACCOON AND OPOSSUM IN GAME ZONE 9; AND TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-140, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR HUNTING RACCOONS AND OPOSSUMS, SO AS TO INCLUDE FOX AND REVISE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR VIOLATIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Additional raccoon hunting violations
SECTION 1. Section 50-9-1020 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by an act of 1994 bearing ratification number 439, is further amended to read:
"Section 50-9-1020. There is established the following point system for violations to be used by the department in suspending hunting and fishing privileges of those persons participating in those activities within this State:
(1) Common violations:
(a) resisting arrest by the use of force, violence, or weapons against an employee of the department while engaged in his duties, a law enforcement officer aiding in the work of the department, or a federally commissioned employee engaged in like or similar employment: 18;
(b) attempting escape after lawful arrest: 14;
(c) hunting or fishing in a state sanctuary at any time: 14;
(d) hunting, fishing, or trapping out of season, except in a state sanctuary: 10;
(e) selling game or game fish: 14;
(f) taking game or fish in an illegal manner not mentioned specifically elsewhere in this section. However, no points may be assessed pursuant to this subitem for fish taken on the seaward side of the saltwater-freshwater dividing lines as provided in Section 50-17-30: 8;
(g) using a borrowed or altered hunting or fishing license: 10;
(h) taking more than the legal limit of game or fish: 8;
(i) hunting or fishing without a license in possession: 6;
(j) trespassing to hunt, fish, or trap: 10;
(k) violating Game Management Area regulations: 8;
(l) hunting, taking, possessing, or selling alligators in violation of law or department regulations: 14.
(2) Hunting violations:
(a) killing or attempting to kill or molest deer from a motorboat: 14;
(b) night hunting deer or bear: 18;
(c) illegally transporting furs or hides and possessing untagged hides: 10;
(d) trapping quail or wild turkeys: 10;
(e) hunting over bait: 8;
(f) killing or possessing antlerless deer, except as expressly provided by law: 14;
(g) illegally night hunting other game, except deer, or hunting game in prohibited hours: 8;
(h) possessing buckshot illegally: 5;
(i) possessing unplugged gun while hunting, violation of Section 50-11-10: 4;
(j) 1. killing or possessing a wild turkey during the closed season: 18;
2. killing or possessing a wild turkey hen during the spring gobbler season: 14;
(k) roost shooting wild turkeys between official sunset and official sunrise: 18;
(l) shooting wild turkeys over bait: 18;
(m) hunting wild turkeys over bait: 10;
(n) trespassing to hunt waterfowl: 18;
(o) hunting waterfowl over bait: 10;
(p) shooting waterfowl over bait: 10;
(q) hunting waterfowl out of posted season: 15;
(r) taking more than one waterfowl over the legal limit: 15;
(s) illegally possessing, taking, or attempting to take raccoons during the season for hunting without weapons: 14.
(3) Fishing violations: trapping, netting, or seining game fish illegally: 10."
Season for fox in Game Zone 6 revised
SECTION 2. Section 50-11-120(A)(6)(c) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 383 of 1992, is further amended to read:
"(c) fox: year round but no weapons may be used January second through August fifteenth. There is no closed season for the running of foxes with dogs for the purpose of training the dogs in a private enclosed fox-hunting-dog-training facility;"
Season for raccoon and opossum in Game Zone 9 revised
SECTION 3. Section 50-11-120(A)(9)(e) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Section 1262, Act 181 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"(e) raccoon and opossum: September first through October fourteenth; March second through March thirty-first without weapons and with dogs only; October fifteenth through March first with weapons and dogs. All hunting of raccoon and opossum in Game Zone 9 must be at night. Night as used in this section is that time between official sunset one day and official sunrise the following day;"
Fox included; requirements for violations revised
SECTION 4. Section 50-11-140 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Section 1262, Act 181 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"Section 50-11-140. During a period in which raccoons, opossums, or fox are allowed to be hunted without weapons, it is unlawful to take, attempt to take, or hunt the animals when carrying on one's person or in one's vehicle a firearm."
SECTION 5. This act takes effect July 1, 1994.
Approved the 14th day of July, 1994.