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NO. 72. AN ACT RELATING TO TAKING OF SMALL GAME ON PRIVATE PRESERVES.

(H.175)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 10 V.S.A. § 5217 is amended to read:

§ 5217. PERMITS TO OPERATE REGULATED SHOOTING GROUND

The fish and wildlife commissioner may issue a shooting grounds permit to operate a shooting ground upon which to propagate and release *[game birds, including, but not limited to, pheasants, bobwhite quail and chukar partridges]* small game under regulations approved by the commissioner and upon which to release *[game birds]* small game when regularly propagated or purchased for shooting and other purposes.

Sec. 2. 10 V.S.A. § 5219 is amended to read:

§ 5219. SHOOTING REGULATIONS ON REGULATED GROUNDS

Such permit shall entitle the holder or holders thereof, and their guests, to kill or take, by shooting or falconry, the *[pheasants, bobwhite quail, and chukar partridges and other game birds]* small game propagated or purchased and released on the premises.

Sec. 3. 10 V.S.A. § 5220 is amended to read:

§ 5220. *[BIRDS]* SMALL GAME RELEASED

All *[birds]* small game released on said regulated shooting grounds shall be *[fully winged]* *[and]* fully able to care for themselves in a wild state.

Sec. 4. 10 V.S.A. § 5221 is amended to read:

§ 5221. PERIOD OF TAKING RELEASED *[BIRDS]* ANIMALS

Such propagated or released *[birds]* small game may be taken without regard to sex, age or bag limits. The period for taking *[such game birds]* small game on *[such]* regulated shooting grounds shall be fixed by the commissioner.

Sec. 5. 10 V.S.A. § 5223 is amended to read:

§ 5223. HUNTING LICENSE

(a) Every person hunting on such regulated shooting grounds shall:

(1) be the holder of a resident or nonresident hunter's license for the current year, or

(2) be the holder of a one-day shooting ground license issued by the owner of theshooting ground on forms prescribed by the fish and wildlife commissioner. Such shooting ground license shall be valid only on the shooting ground where issued and only for taking the *[game birds]* small game designated by the commissioner in the permit for that shooting ground.

(b) The fee for a one-day regulated shooting ground license shall be $5.00. At the end of each calendar quarter, the owner of a shooting ground shall forward to the fish and wildlife commissioner all revenues from one-day license sales and such records of sales as may be required by the commissioner.

Approved: March 18, 1998