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Subject: Hunting

1925 N.C. Sess. Laws 530, Pub. Local Laws, An Act to Protect Game and Fish in Transylvania County, ch. 460, § 4.

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It shall be unlawful to trap for bear or to run or hunt deer with dogs or to use while hunting any gun having a “Maxim silencer” or any other device thereon that will muffle the report of such gun, nor shall any gun be used that does not pr...

It shall be unlawful to trap for bear or to run or hunt deer with dogs or to use while hunting any gun having a “Maxim silencer” or any other device thereon that will muffle the report of such gun, nor shall any gun be used that does not produce when discharged the usual and ordinary report.

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1924 Ga. Laws 283, An Act for the Protection of Game Birds in the County of Bartow, § 2.

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. . . That any person who shall hunt, kill, or attempt to kill, any game bird or animal within the county limits of the County of Bartow, State of Georgia, by and with the use of an automatic, or repeating shot-gun, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, an...

. . . That any person who shall hunt, kill, or attempt to kill, any game bird or animal within the county limits of the County of Bartow, State of Georgia, by and with the use of an automatic, or repeating shot-gun, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall by punished . . . .

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1923 Vt. Acts and Resolves 127, An Act to Prohibit the Use of Machine Guns and Automatic Rifles in Hunting, § 1.

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A person engaged in hunting for game who uses, carries, or has in his possession a machine gun of any kind or description, or an automatic rifle of military type with a magazine capacity of over six cartridges, shall be fined not more than five hundred...

A person engaged in hunting for game who uses, carries, or has in his possession a machine gun of any kind or description, or an automatic rifle of military type with a magazine capacity of over six cartridges, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars nor less than fifty dollars. The presence of such a firearm in a hunting camp shall be presumptive evidence that the possessor of such a firearm has violated the provisions of this section.

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1923 Pa. Laws 386, Unlawful Methods of Hunting

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. . . It is unlawful to hunt for, or catch or take or kill or wound, or attempt to catch or take or kill or wound, game of any kind, excepting raccoons, through the use of what is commonly known as an automatic gun or an automatic firearm of any kind, ...

. . . It is unlawful to hunt for, or catch or take or kill or wound, or attempt to catch or take or kill or wound, game of any kind, excepting raccoons, through the use of what is commonly known as an automatic gun or an automatic firearm of any kind, or a swivel gun or an air-rifle or the apparatus known as a silencer, or from an automobile or vehicle or boat or craft of any kind propelled by any mechanical power. . .

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1922 Miss. Laws 235, An Act . . . to Protect and Preserve Game and Fish to Conserve Same for the Use and Consumption of the Inhabitants . . . , ch. 181, § 10(b).

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It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot wild water fowl with any shotgun of larger bore than number ten, or with any rifle or any gun which can be shot from the shoulder.

1921 Wis. Sess. Laws 870, An Act . . . Relating to Wild Animals,ch. 530, § 1.

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(29.22)(1) No person shall hunt game with any means other than the use of a gun held at arm’s length and discharged from the shoulder; or place, spread or set any net, pitfall, spring gun, pivot gun, swivel gun, or other similar contrivance for t...

(29.22)(1) No person shall hunt game with any means other than the use of a gun held at arm’s length and discharged from the shoulder; or place, spread or set any net, pitfall, spring gun, pivot gun, swivel gun, or other similar contrivance for the purpose of catching, or which might catch, take or ensnare game . . . and no person shall carry with him in any automobile any gun or rifle unless the same is unloaded, and knocked down or unloaded and inclosed within a carrying case[.]

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1921 Fla. Laws 307, An Act to Protect the Birds and Wild Life of the County of Orange and State of Florida and to Prevent the Hunting of Same During the Closed Season, ch. 8781, § 2.

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That any person carrying a gun in the woods, field, or on the water such as is generally used for hunting game or having in his or her possession such gun in the woods, fields, or in the water of Orange County during the closed season as prescribed by ...

That any person carrying a gun in the woods, field, or on the water such as is generally used for hunting game or having in his or her possession such gun in the woods, fields, or in the water of Orange County during the closed season as prescribed by the general Game Laws of the State of Florida visible from January 31st to November 20th following each year, shall be considered in violation of the Game Laws of Florida subject to arrest, fine, and imprisonment, or both; Provided, however, that the above Act in nowise prevent any person from killing such birds or animals in his or her own community where crops or property is being destroyed by birds or animals. (A similar statute at p. 441 defines the weapons as “single barrel shot gun, double barrel shot gun, Winchester shot gun, or what is commonly known as a pump gun, Winchester rifle, or other high- powered rifle”).

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1921 N.M. Laws 57-58, An Act Providing for the Protection of Game and Fish and for Their Use and Development for Public Recreation and Food Supply . . . and Repealing Certain Other Provisions of Existing Laws, ch. 35, § 16.

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No game shall be pursued, taken, wounded or killed in the night, or with a steel or hard pointed bullet or with any weapon other than an ordinary shoulder gun or pistol, and the use of high powered rifles in hunting and taking migratory game birds is here...

No game shall be pursued, taken, wounded or killed in the night, or with a steel or hard pointed bullet or with any weapon other than an ordinary shoulder gun or pistol, and the use of high powered rifles in hunting and taking migratory game birds is hereby prohibited.

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1921 N.M. Laws 201-02, An Act to Provide Additional Protection to Wild Birds and Game; Prohibiting the Hunting, Capturing or Killing of Wild Birds and Game Animals by Unauthorized (Unnaturalized) Foreign Born Residents of New Mexico and Adjoining States; Prohibiting the Possession or Use by Such Residents of Shotguns or Rifles within the State of New Mexico; Prescribing Penalties for Violation of this Act, ch. 113, §§ 1-4.

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1. It shall be unlawful for any unnaturalized, foreign born resident of New Mexico, or of adjoining states, to hunt for, capture, kill or wound any wild bird or game animal within this State; and to that end it shall be unlawful for any unnaturalized, ...

1. It shall be unlawful for any unnaturalized, foreign born resident of New Mexico, or of adjoining states, to hunt for, capture, kill or wound any wild bird or game animal within this State; and to that end it shall be unlawful for any unnaturalized, foreign born resident of New Mexico, or of the adjoining states, to use or have in his possession or under control within this State, any shotgun or rifle of any kind. 2. Possession of a shotgun or rifle of any kind at any place within this State, by an unnaturalized, foreign born resident, shall be conclusive evidence of the violation of the provisions of this act. 3. Each person violating any provisions of this act shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of twenty-five dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than thirty days, for each offense; Provided, that in addition to such penalty, all guns and rifles of the hereinbefore mentioned kinds found in possession or under the control of any unnaturalized foreign born resident, shall, upon conviction of such person, upon the signing of a declaration of guilt, as prescribed in this act, be forfeited to the State of New Mexico, and shall be sold by the state game warden as hereinafter directed. 4. The presence of a shotgun or rifle of any kind in any room, house, building, automobile, vehicle, tent or camp of any description within this State, owned, occupied or controlled by an unnaturalized foreign born resident shall be prima facie evidence that such gun or rifle is owned or controlled by the person owning, occupying or controlling the property in which such gun or rifle is found.

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1921 Wyo. Sess. Laws 101, An Act Providing for the Protection, Propagation, Preservation, and Distribution of the Game Animals, Birds, and Fish of this State . . . , ch. 83, § 62.

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It shall be unlawful for any person to take, kill, wound or destroy any of the game fish of this State by the use of any revolver, pistol, shot gun, rifle or fire arms of any kind or nature. Any person convicted of a violation of any of the provisions ...

It shall be unlawful for any person to take, kill, wound or destroy any of the game fish of this State by the use of any revolver, pistol, shot gun, rifle or fire arms of any kind or nature. Any person convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than seventy-five ($75.00) dollars or more than one hundred ($100.00) dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than 30 days or more than 6 months or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.

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