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Subject: Hunting

1921 Kan. Sess. Laws 294, §§ 4, 6.

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§ 4. . . . No person shall use ferrets or employ any smoke gun or other device for forcing smoke or any asphyxiating or deadly gas or liquid into the holes, dens, runways or houses of any fur bearing animals . . . . § 6. . . . [N]o bird be pu...

§ 4. . . . No person shall use ferrets or employ any smoke gun or other device for forcing smoke or any asphyxiating or deadly gas or liquid into the holes, dens, runways or houses of any fur bearing animals . . . . § 6. . . . [N]o bird be pursued with or shot or killed from a motor boat, or an aeroplane, or with a gun larger than ten gauge . . . .

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1920 N.J. Laws 67, An Act to Amend an Act Entitled, “An Act for the Protection of Certain Kinds of Birds, Game and Fish, to Regulate Their Method of Capture, and Provide Open and Close Seasons for Such Capture and Possession,” ch. 31, § 9.

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It shall be unlawful to use in hunting fowl or animals of any kind any shotgun or rifle holding more than two cartridges at one time, or that may be fired more than twice without reloading, or to use any silencer on any gun rifle or firearm when huntin...

It shall be unlawful to use in hunting fowl or animals of any kind any shotgun or rifle holding more than two cartridges at one time, or that may be fired more than twice without reloading, or to use any silencer on any gun rifle or firearm when hunting for game or fowl under a penalty of twenty dollars for each offense.

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1919 Me. Laws 235, Swivel, pivot and set gun added to prohibited devices; penalty for violation increased to $100 and costs and imprisonment for sixty days for possession, ch. 196, § 25

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No person shall have in possession at any time when he is upon the wild lands, water or highways, or in the woods or fields of the state, or in any camp, lodge, or place of resort for hunters or fishermen, or in its immediate vicinity, any jacklight or...

No person shall have in possession at any time when he is upon the wild lands, water or highways, or in the woods or fields of the state, or in any camp, lodge, or place of resort for hunters or fishermen, or in its immediate vicinity, any jacklight or light fitted for use in the hunting of game in the night time, or any swivel, pivot, or set gun…

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1919 Tex. Gen. Laws 297-98, An Act to Preserve, Propagate, Distribute, and Protect the Wild Game, Wild Birds, Wild Fowl of the State . . . , ch. 157, § 42.

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It shall be unlawful for any citizen of this State to hunt outside of the county of his residence with a gun without first having procured from the Game, Fish and Oyster Commissioner or one of his deputies or from the County Clerk of the County in whic...

It shall be unlawful for any citizen of this State to hunt outside of the county of his residence with a gun without first having procured from the Game, Fish and Oyster Commissioner or one of his deputies or from the County Clerk of the County in which he resides a license to hunt, and for which he shall pay to the officer from whom he secures such license the sum of two ($2.00) dollars. . . Any person hunting any game or birds protected by the laws of the State, and who shall refuse to show his license herein provided for to any sheriff . . . on demand shall be deemed guilty of a violation of the provisions of this law, and any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined in a sum of not less than ten (10.00) dollars nor more than one hundred (100.00) dollars.

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1919 Colo. Sess. Laws 416–417, Foreign-Born Unnaturalized Citizens, § 1.

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. . . [I]t shall be unlawful for any unnaturalized foreign-born resident to hunt for or capture or kill, in this state; any wild bird or animal, either game or otherwise, of any description, excepting in defense of persons or property; and to that end ...

. . . [I]t shall be unlawful for any unnaturalized foreign-born resident to hunt for or capture or kill, in this state; any wild bird or animal, either game or otherwise, of any description, excepting in defense of persons or property; and to that end it shall be unlawful for any unnaturalized foreign-born resident, within this state, to either own or be possessed of a shotgun or rifle of any make, or a pistol or firearm of any kind. Each and every person violating any provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty five dollars ($25) nor more than two hundred and fifty dollars ($250), or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than ten (10) days or more than three months (3), or by both such fine and imprisonment. Provided, that in addition the before-named penalty all guns of the above mentioned kinds found in possession or under control of an unnaturalized foreign-born resident shall, upon conviction of such person, be declared forfeited to the State of Colorado . . . .

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1918 La. Acts 132, § 3.

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§ 3. Be it further enacted . . . That it shall be unlawful for any person to hunt, or kill wild deer with any gun, or other firearm with any devise for deadening the sound of the explosion attached or fitted thereto, which device is commonly calle...

§ 3. Be it further enacted . . . That it shall be unlawful for any person to hunt, or kill wild deer with any gun, or other firearm with any devise for deadening the sound of the explosion attached or fitted thereto, which device is commonly called a silencer.

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1918 S.C. Acts 723, An Act to amend an act entitled An Act . . . Relating to the Open season for game birds and animals. . .

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§716. . . Provided further, that it shall be unlawful to at any time use any automatic or pump gun while hunting birds in said county. Any person violating any of the provisions hereof shall upon conviction in any Court of competent jurisdiction, ...

§716. . . Provided further, that it shall be unlawful to at any time use any automatic or pump gun while hunting birds in said county. Any person violating any of the provisions hereof shall upon conviction in any Court of competent jurisdiction, be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than twenty dollars, or be imprisoned at hard labor not less than ten days nor more than twenty days for each and every offense.

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1917 N.C. Sess. Laws 309, Pub. Local Laws, An Act to Regulate the Hunting of Quail in Harnett County, ch. 209, § 1.

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That the open season for hunting quail shall be from the first day of December to the fifteenth day of January following each succeeding year, and that it shall be unlawful to kill quail with any gun or guns that shoot over two times before reloading, ...

That the open season for hunting quail shall be from the first day of December to the fifteenth day of January following each succeeding year, and that it shall be unlawful to kill quail with any gun or guns that shoot over two times before reloading, and any person violating any of the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

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1917 Utah Laws 278, An Act . . . Forbidding the Ownership or Possession of Fire Arms or Other Deadly Weapon by an Unnaturalized Foreign Born Person within the State of Utah, ch. 95, § 1.

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It shall be unlawful for any unnaturalized foreign born person, to hunt, capture or kill any wild bird or animal, either game or otherwise, of any description, excepting in defense of the person, and it shall be unlawful for any such unnaturalized fore...

It shall be unlawful for any unnaturalized foreign born person, to hunt, capture or kill any wild bird or animal, either game or otherwise, of any description, excepting in defense of the person, and it shall be unlawful for any such unnaturalized foreign born resident within this State to own or have in his possession, or under his control, a shot gun, rifle, pistol, or any fire arm of any make. . . Whoever violates any provision of this act shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars for each offense, or by imprisonment for not less than fifteen days, or by both such fine and imprisonment; and any shot gun, rifle, pistol or fire arm owned by him or found in his possession, or under his control, shall be forfeited to the State of Utah.

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1915 N.D. Laws 225, An Act Relating to Game and Fish . . . , ch. 161, § 67.

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It shall be unlawful for any person who is not a citizen of the United States or who has not declared his intention to become such, to hunt, shoot, capture, take, kill, trap, snare or in any manner destroy, wound or maim any wild bird or animal . . . e...

It shall be unlawful for any person who is not a citizen of the United States or who has not declared his intention to become such, to hunt, shoot, capture, take, kill, trap, snare or in any manner destroy, wound or maim any wild bird or animal . . . except in defense of person or property; and to that end it shall be unlawful for any person who is not a citizen of the United States or who has not declared his intention to become such, to either own or be possessed of a shot gun or rifle of any make. Each and every person violating any provision of this Section shall upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars, nor more than fifty dollars and costs of prosecution, or to serve not less than ten days nor more than thirty days in the county jail, or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court; provided that in addition to the before-named penalty, all guns of the before mentioned kinds found in the possession or under the control of such persons not citizens of the United States . . . shall upon conviction of such person, or upon his signing a declaration of guilt, be declared forfeited to the State of North Dakota and shall be sold as provided in this Act.

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