Article 4. Licensed Domesticated Migratory Game Bird Shooting Areas of California Fish And Game Code >> Division 4. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 4.
It is unlawful for any person to engage in the raising and
releasing, or the releasing, of domesticated migratory game birds for
shooting by persons who pay for that privilege, unless the person
has a revocable nontransferable license issued by the department. The
licenses may be issued annually by the department and shall be valid
from July 1 through the following June 30, upon payment of a base
fee of eighty dollars ($80), as adjusted under Section 713.
Any bird of a species included in the definition of migratory game
birds, as defined in Section 3500, which has been held live in
captivity is a "domesticated migratory game bird" for purposes of
this section, except such a bird that has been released from
captivity and any control before attaining six weeks of age.
The application for a license shall show the size and
location of the area to be licensed. If an application is approved
and a license is issued, the licensee shall post the boundaries of
the licensed area with signs, at intervals of not more than 500 feet,
which shall indicate that the area is licensed for the shooting of
domesticated migratory game birds. Such signs shall be of a size not
less than 12 by 18 inches.
The commission may prescribe additional regulations deemed
necessary for the releasing and shooting of domesticated migratory
game birds and shall set the season and areas where such birds may be
taken. If the licensee violates any of the provisions of this
article or any regulations made pursuant thereto, the commission may
cancel or revoke the license provided notice has been given to the
licensee and he has been given an opportunity to be heard by the
Where domesticated migratory game birds are reared or held
for release by the licensee, the licensee shall provide proper and
adequate care for the birds and shall raise and hold them only under
sanitary conditions. Conditions for proper care and raising shall be
prescribed by the commission. The licensee shall provide for the
inspection of birds and facilities upon the request of the
All domesticated migratory game birds at time of release for
shooting shall be at least 14 weeks of age, capable of strong and
sustained flight, fully feathered, and otherwise in condition to
survive in the wild. Birds that are altered in any manner which
would, in the opinion of the department, render them incapable of
normal sustained flight, or which are diseased, or show evidence of
malnutrition or injury, shall not be released.
Shooting shall be confined to blinds, except for shooting
necessary to recover a downed and injured bird, and not more than
three shooters shall occupy or use each blind. Such blinds shall be
constructed to prevent the shooting of domestic migratory game birds
over water and to insure maximum safety to occupants of adjoining
The blinds shall be so situated that the occupants of the blinds
cannot see the release site.
The licensee shall not permit any shooting within 500 feet of a
point where the birds are released, nor shall any birds be taken
within such distance from the point of release.
All birds killed or injured by shooters shall be retrieved
without delay, and all injured birds shall be humanely dispatched.
The licensee shall not permit injured birds to remain on a pond or
feeding area, nor shall he knowingly permit such birds to be used in
any subsequent release.
In order to prevent the loss of any dead or injured birds, the
licensee shall provide the use of a retrieving dog, without cost, to
all shooters, except that shooters may provide their own retrieving
dogs. The licensee shall not permit the shooting of any birds unless
a retrieving dog is immediately available for use by all shooters.
Licensees shall pay the department an inspection fee not to
exceed five cents ($0.05) for each domesticated migratory game bird
raised or used on a licensed area to insure proper adherence to these
No dead, domesticated migratory game bird shall be removed
from the premises of a licensed area until there is securely attached
to the carcass a seal, and such seal shall remain attached to the
carcass until it is finally prepared for consumption. Each such seal
shall be supplied by the department at a fee set by the commission
not to exceed five cents ($0.05).
It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot domesticated
migratory game birds on a licensed area without having a valid
hunting license as provided by Section 3031.
The licensee shall comply with all applicable federal laws or
regulations relating to the releasing and shooting of domesticated
migratory game birds.