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winged black birds may be killed at any time. No wild ducks. may be killed for the purpose of being used for bait for traps, nor shall any wild ducks be used for that purpose. Any person found guilty of violating this provision of this law shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided for in this law. (Amd. Act 47, 1914, p. 113.)
3252. [Sec. 10.] Prairie chickens, kildeer, pheasants (imported or native), and wild turkey hens, shall not be killed, or had in possession at any time until December 1st, 1915, nor thereafter except from November 1st to December 31st of any year.
3253. [Sec. 11.] It shall be unlawful for any person to kill or destroy more than one wild turkey cock, or twenty-five wild river and sea ducks, poule d'eau, chorooks or doves, or fifty snipe, or fifteen of any other game birds in any one day during the open seasons named herein. (Amd. Act 47, 1914, p. 113.) State vs. Dudley, 123 La. 436; State vs. Gaspar, 136 La. (67 S. 348).
Nests and Eggs.
3254. [Sec. 12.] It shall be unlawful for any person to take, destroy, or attempt to take or destroy, the nests or eggs of any of the birds protected by law, unless it be done by order of the Conservation Commission for purpose of restocking, breeding and propagating; provided, that no person shall invade or go upon private property for the purpose of gathering eggs, even by order of said commission, when the owner or keeper of such property objects thereto.
Game Birds Not to be Sold During Closed Season.
3255. [Sec. 13.] It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to sell, offer for sale, or have in possession any game bird or birds, dead or alive, after the fifteenth day of February until the first day of November in each year, as well as during the closed seasons fixed in this Act, except as otherwise permitted. (Amd. Act 47, 1914, p. 113.)
Cannot Be Kept in Cold Storage.
3256. [Sec. 14.] It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation, to sell, exchange, expose, offer for sale or exchange, have in possession or keep in cold storage, either for himself or others, any game birds mentioned in this Act, during
the closed season noted herein, irrespective of the time when or place where such birds were killed, or captured, except as otherwise permitted. Provided, however, that any game on hand at the close of the season may be offered for sale and disposed of during the first five days after the close of season. Act 47, 1914, p. 114.)
Propagation Birds Must Not Be Sold During Closed Season.
3257. [Sec. 15.] All game birds and wild quadrupeds propagated and maintained in confinement shall be the property of the person so propagating and maintaining them; provided, that they shall not be sold during the closed season for similar wild birds.
3258. [Sec. 16.] It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to sell, offer for sale, or have in possession for sale, any game birds protected by law except wild sea and river ducks, coots or poule d'eau, snipe, geese, brant and rail. Wild sea and river ducks, coots or poule d-eau, snipe, geese, brant and rail may be sold between December 15 and February 15 of each year. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to sell, offer for sale, or have in possession for sale, any wild sea and river ducks, coots or poule d'eau, snipe, geese, brant and rail between the 15th day of February and the 15th day of December of each year, and any persons so offending shall be subject to prosecution for violating the provisions of this act and upon conviction shall suffer the penalties provided by Section 65 of this act. The sale, possession or offering for sale of each bird contrary to the provisions of this Section shall constitute a separate offense. Any birds so sold, held in possession, or offered for sale contrary to the provisions of this section shall be confiscated by the Conservation Commission of Louisiana. (Amd. Act 47, 1914, p. 114.)
Wild Game Birds Must Not be Liberated.
3259. [Sec. 17.] No wild game birds of any species from without the State shall be liberated within the State, except upon written consent of the Conservation Commission; and no wild game birds taken within the State shall be exported from the State except as herein specially provided.
Closed Season for Firing Prairies, etc.
3260. [Sec. 18.] It shall be unlawful for any person during the game breeding season, to wit, from the fifteenth day of
February to the first day of November of each year, to set fire to any wild woodland, marsh land or prairie land. (Amd. Act 47, 1914, p. 114.)
No Trespassing on Game Preserves.
3261. [Sec. 19.] It shall be unlawful for any person to kill, pursue, take, snare, have in possession, or injure by any means upon the land or water of any game or fish preserve in any parish of the State, whether enclosed or unenclosed, that may be designated and set apart by the Conservation Commission as game and fish propagating and breeding grounds, any wild birds protected at any time by law, except under regulations of the Conservation Commission.
The killing or having in possession of each such protected game bird shall constitute a separate offense.
3262. [Sec. 1, Act 208, 1910, p. 346.] It shall be unlawful to kill or have in possession in the State of Louisiana, any seagull between the first day of February and the first day of August of any year.
3263. [Sec. 2.] It shall be unlawful for any licensed hunter in this State to kill more than fifty (50) sea-gulls in any one day.
3264. [Sec. 3.] Any person violating the provisions of this Act shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00), or be imprisoned not less than five (5) days nor more than ninety (90) days, at the discretion of the court.
BIRDS OTHER THAN GAME.
3265. [Sec. 3, Act 198, 1906, p. 351.] It shall be unlawful within the State of Louisiana, to kill, catch or have in possession, living or dead, any resident or migratory wild bird other than a game bird, or purchase, offer, or expose for sale, any such wild non-game bird, after it has ben killed or caught, except as permitted by this Act.
Plumage Not to be Sold.
3266. [Sec. 4.] No part of the plumage, skin or body of any bird, protected by this Act, shall be sold or had in possession
for sale, irrespective of the time when, or the place where, such bird may have been killed or caught.
In re. Shwartz, 119 La. 290.
Eggs Not to be Taken.
3267. [Sec. 5.] It shall be unlawful for any person within the State of Louisiana to take or destroy, or attempt to take or destroy the nest or the eggs of any wild bird other than a game bird, or have such nest or eggs in his or their possession, except as permitted by this Act.
3268. [Sec. 6.] Any person, or society organized under the laws of this State, desiring to prevent trespass upon any land enclosed or otherwise, or upon any island, within the boundaries of the State of Louisiana, dedicated to the purpose of breeding and protecting birds protected by this Act shall post same by suitable signs, located not less than every lineal one-half mile along the boundary lines of said lands or island; and it shall be unlawful for any person to trespass upon any such land or island. Any person or persons, found so doing, may be arrested on sight by any warden or other officer, authorized by law. In the event of a conviction, said person or persons shall each be fined not less than ten dollars ($10.00), nor more than twenty-five ($25.00), or be imprisoned in the parish jail for not less than ten (10) days, nor more than thirty (30) days, or be both fined and imprisoned, and shall further be liable to the penalties imposed by law for the killing of birds or game, or the taking, or attempting to take, of eggs, or disturbing nest.
3269. [Sec. 7.] It shall be unlawful for any person, within the State of Louisiana at any time, to use or set a trap, cage, unlawful for any person to trespass upon any such land or island. Any person or persons, found so doing, may be arrested on sight by any warden or other officer, authorized by law. In the event of a conviction, said person or persons shall each be fined not less than five dollars ($5.00), nor more than ten dollars ($10.00), or be imprisoned in the parish jail for not less than five (5) days, nor more than ten (10) days, or be both fined and imprisoned. All wardens or other officer are hereby given authority to confiscate all traps, cages, nets or other devices, which they may find set or being used for the purpose of catching wild non-game
birds, and it shall be the duty of said officers to liberate any birds found in possession, contrary to the provision of this Act.
This Act does not prevent any householder from keeping one resident and one migratory bird in a cage as a pet, provided it is not kept for sale, and that it shall not be shipped beyond the confines of the State.
Birds Not to be Shipped.
3270. [Sec. 8.] It shall be unlawful for any person or persons or any corporation acting as a common carrier, its officers, agents or servants, to receive for shipment, ship, carry, take or transport, either within or beyond the confines of the State, any resident or migratory wild non-game bird, except as permitted by this Act.
3271. [Sec. 9.] Certificates may be granted by the Secretary of State to any properly accredited person of the age of fifteen years or upwards, permitting the holder thereof to collect birds, their nests or eggs, for strictly scientific purposes only. In order to obtain such certificate, the applicant for same must present to the Secretary of State endorsements from two well known ornithologists, one of whom shall be a resident of the State, certifying to the good character and fitness of said applicant to be entrusted with such privilege, and must pay to said officer one dollar ($1.00) to defray the necessary expense attending the granting of such certificate.
On proof that the holder of such certificate has captured or killed any bird, or taken the nest or eggs of any bird, for other than scientific purposes, the certificate shall become void, and he shall be liable to a fine of not less than fifty ($50.00) nor more than one hundred ($100.00), or imprisonment, for not less than ten days nor more than thirty days, or both fine and imprisonment.
[Sec. 10.] The certificates, authorized by this Act, shall expire on the 31st day of December, of the year issued, and shall not be transferable, and may be withheld or canceled, at the discretion of the Secretary of State.
A statement, showing the particulars regarding the issuance of such certificates, shall be immediately forwarded by the Secretary of State to the Board of Commissioners for the Protection of Birds, Game and Fish.