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1897 Tex. Gen. Laws 214, An Act To Preserve And Protect The Wild Game, Birds, And Wild Fowl, Of The State And Provide Adequate Penalties For The Unlawful Taking, Slaughter, Sale Or Shipment Thereof, And To Repeal All Laws And Parts Of Laws In Conflict Therewith, Chap. 149, § 4.

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It shall be unlawful to destroy any wild geese or wild ducks by any means otherwise than by an ordinary gun, capable of being held to and shot from the shoulder, and whoever violates the provision of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars.