South Carolina General Assembly
124th Session, 2021-2022

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S. 556

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Sponsors: Senator Goldfinch
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Introduced in the Senate on February 17, 2021
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry

Summary: Commercial Fur Licenses

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   2/17/2021  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 5)
   2/17/2021  Senate  Referred to Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry 
                        (Senate Journal-page 5)

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2/17/2021

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A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 50-11-107 SO AS TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 11, TITLE 50; TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-450, RELATING TO COMMERCIAL FUR LICENSES, SO AS TO REMOVE THE LICENSE REQUIREMENT FOR PERSONS WHO TRAP FUR-BEARING ANIMALS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2200, RELATING TO UNLAWFUL CONDUCT ON WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS, SO AS TO REMOVE THE PROHIBITION ON TRAPPING; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2400, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS, SO AS TO LIMIT THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM "COMMERCIAL PURPOSES" TO FUR-BEARING ANIMALS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2430, RELATING TO THE PROOF OF OWNERSHIP OR PERMISSION TO SET TRAPS ON LAND, SO AS TO LIMIT THE USE OF TRAPS ON PRIVATE LAND TO THE OWNER OR HIS AGENT; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2445, RELATING TO THE REMOVAL OF TRAPPED WILDLIFE, SO AS TO REMOVE REFERENCES TO A DESIGNEE AND INSERT THE TERM "AGENT"; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2450, RELATING TO REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMERCIAL FUR LICENSEES, SO AS TO REMOVE A REFERENCE TO A REPEALED CODE SECTION; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2460, RELATING TO TRAPS ALLOWED FOR TRAPPING, SO AS TO REQUIRE ONLY CERTAIN INFORMATION TO BE ON TRAPS ON PUBLIC LAND; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2515, RELATING TO PROHIBITED ACTS, SO AS TO ESTABLISH A PENALTY FOR CERTAIN ACTS; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2540, RELATING TO TRAPPING SEASON, SO AS TO ESTABLISH TRAPPING SEASONS ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND AND TO REMOVE CERTAIN PROHIBITIONS ON TRAPPING COYOTES; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2565, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF ARTICLE 12, SO AS TO REMOVE A REFERENCE; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2570, RELATING TO SPECIAL PERMITS TO CAPTURE DESTRUCTIVE WILDLIFE, SO AS TO ALLOW A PROPERTY OWNER OR HIS AGENT TO TAKE FUR-BEARING ANIMALS OR SQUIRRELS FOR AGRICULTURAL OR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT PURPOSES WITHOUT A LICENSE OR PERMIT AND TO REMOVE THE PROHIBITION ON THE COMMERCIAL DISPOSAL OF A FUR-BEARING ANIMAL TAKEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH A DEPREDATION PERMIT; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 50-11-2560 RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF ARTICLE 12.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Article 1, Chapter 11, Title 50 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

    "Section 50-11-107. Unless otherwise provided, a person violating a provision of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than three hundred dollars but not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not more than sixty days, or both."

SECTION    2.    Section 50-9-450 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "Section 50-9-450.    (A)    In addition to a valid state hunting license, an annual commercial fur license is required of all persons who sell or take, by any means, fur-bearing animals for commercial purposes, and all persons who trap or who attempt to trap any fur bearing animals.

    (B)    The license is issued by the department at a cost of twenty-five dollars for residents and two hundred dollars for nonresidents.

    (C)    Any person having in his possession more than five fur bearing animals or more than five raw or green pelts shall must have a valid commercial fur license. The provisions of this section do not apply to a processor, manufacturer, or retailer.

    (B)(D)    A person under the age of sixteen may purchase a commercial fur license without having to purchase a state hunting license after completing the 'Trappers Education Course'.

    (C)(E)    A person under the age of sixteen is exempt from the licensing requirements of this section while in the presence of a commercial fur licensee, but may not sell any fur bearing animals or raw or green pelts unless licensed."

SECTION    3.    Section 50-11-2200(C)(37) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "(37)    trapping Reserved;"

SECTION    4.    Section 50-11-2400(d) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "(d)    'Commercial purposes' means taking or possessing any fur, pelt, hide, or whole fur-bearing animal for a fee, exchange, sale, trade, or barter and taking or possessing more than five furs, pelts, hides, or whole fur-bearing animals."

SECTION    5.    Section 50-11-2430 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "Section 50-11-2430. A person engaged in the act of trapping on private land must be the owner of the property on which the traps or devices are set or has written permission from the landowner or his agent in possession to use the property for trapping a trap is set or be the agent of the owner."

SECTION    6.    Section 50-11-2445 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "Section 50-11-2445. It is unlawful for a person, other than the owner of the trap, or the owner's designee agent, to remove any lawfully trapped wildlife from any a legally set trap. A designee must have in his possession written permission from the owner of the trap or the owner's agent, and must meet all commercial fur licensing requirements or be listed on a valid depredation permit. A person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred dollars, or imprisoned for no more than thirty days."

SECTION    7.    Section 50-11-2450 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "Section 50-11-2450. Any person required to be licensed under Section 50-11-2420 shall A person taking fur-bearing animals for commercial purposes must report to the department by April fifteenth of each year the number and type of furbearing fur-bearing animals taken, sold, or shipped, together with the names and addresses of persons to whom sold or shipped using forms as the department may prescribe. Any person failing to report by April fifteenth of each year shall, on the second offense, be denied a license for the following fiscal year."

SECTION    8.    Section 50-11-2460(C) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "(C)    All traps on public land must bear the owner's name and address or department-issued customer number either directly thereon or by an attached identification tag."

SECTION    9.    Section 50-11-2515 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "Section 50-11-2515. Except as otherwise permitted in this article, it is unlawful to possess, acquire, or transfer any raw or green fur, pelt, hide, or whole furbearing fur-bearing animal. It is also unlawful to possess, acquire, or transfer any untagged fur, pelt, hide, or whole animal that requires a tag. Any A person convicted of a violation of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and must be punished as provided in Section 50-11-2560, upon conviction, must be fined not less than three hundred dollars but not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not more than sixty days, or both. Each fur, pelt, hide, or whole animal found in violation of this section constitutes a separate offense."

SECTION    10.    Section 50-11-2540 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "Section 50-11-2540.    (A)    It is lawful to trap furbearing fur-bearing animals for commercial purposes from December first of each year to March first of the succeeding year. It is unlawful to trap any other times unless authorized by the department:

        (1)    on public land year round except during the seasons established for turkey and deer; and

        (2)    on private land year round.

    (B)    It is lawful to take furbearing fur-bearing animals by other lawful means during the general open hunting seasons established therefor.

    (B)    It is lawful to trap coyotes from December first of each year to March first of the succeeding year. It is unlawful to trap coyotes at any other time unless authorized by the department. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 50-11-1080, it is lawful to take coyotes by other lawful means at any time during the year."

SECTION    11.    Section 50-11-2565 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "Section 50-11-2565.    Any Unless otherwise provided, a person violating the provisions a provision of this article unless otherwise specified in Section 50-11-2560 is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than thirty days for each violation."

SECTION    12.    Section 50-11-2570 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

    "Section 50-11-2570.    (A)    The department may issue special depredation permits, at no cost to the applicant applicants, for the taking, capturing, or transportation of wildlife which is destroying or damaging private or public property, wildlife habitat, game species, timber, crops, or other agriculture so as to be a nuisance or for scientific, research, or wildlife management purposes.

    (B)    The permit provided in subsection (A) is not required by the property owner or his designee when capturing furbearing animals or squirrels within one hundred yards of the owner's home when the animal is causing damage to the home or the owner's property. A property owner, or an agent authorized by the owner, may take or capture fur-bearing animals or squirrels on the property of the owner for agricultural or wildlife management purposes without a license or permit from the department. An animal captured pursuant to this subsection must be destroyed or with a department permit may be relocated.

    (C)    A person taking a furbearing animal under authority of a depredation permit may not dispose of the animal commercially. A person taking a furbearing animal in accordance with a depredation permit must report the number and type of animal taken to the department on forms prescribed by the department within twenty-one days of the expiration of the permit. A permit issued for the removal of destructive beavers is valid for a period of not less than one year from the date of issue."

SECTION    13.    Section 50-11-2560 of the 1976 Code is repealed.

SECTION    14.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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