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FGC Sec 3031-3039 General Provisions Methods of Taking (BIRDS AND MAMMALS)
FISH AND GAME CODE
3031. (a) A hunting license, granting the privilege to take birds
and mammals, shall be issued to any of the following:
(1) A resident of this state, 16 years of age or older, upon the
payment of a base fee of thirty-one dollars and twenty-five cents
(2) A resident or nonresident less than 16 years of age, upon the
payment of a base fee of eight dollars and twenty-five cents ($8.25).
(3) A nonresident, 16 years of age or older, upon the payment of a
base fee of one hundred eight dollars and fifty cents ($108.50).
(4) A nonresident, 16 years of age or older, valid only for two
consecutive days upon payment of the fee set forth in paragraph (1).
A license issued pursuant to this paragraph is valid only for
taking resident and migratory game birds, resident small game
mammals, fur-bearing mammals, and nongame mammals, as defined in this
code or in regulations adopted by the commission.
(5) A nonresident, valid for one day and only for the taking of
domesticated game birds and pheasants while on the premises of a
licensed game bird club, or for the taking of domesticated migratory
game birds in areas licensed for shooting those birds, upon the
payment of a base fee of fifteen dollars ($15).
(b) The base fees specified in this section are applicable to the
2004 license year, and shall be adjusted annually thereafter pursuant
to Section 713.
3031.2. (a) In addition to Sections 714 and 3031 and
notwithstanding Section 3037, the department shall issue lifetime
hunting licenses under this section. A lifetime hunting license
authorizes the taking of birds and mammals anywhere in this state in
accordance with the law for purposes other than profit for the life
of the person to whom issued unless revoked for a violation of this
code or regulations adopted under this code. A lifetime hunting
license is not transferable. A lifetime hunting license does not
include any special license tags, license stamps, or fees.
(b) A lifetime hunting license may be issued to residents of this
state, as follows:
(1) To a person 62 years of age or over, upon payment of a base
fee of three hundred sixty-five dollars ($365).
(2) To a person 40 years of age or over, and less than 62 years of
age, upon payment of a base fee of five hundred forty dollars
(3) To a person 10 years of age or over, and less than 40 years of
age, upon payment of a base fee of six hundred dollars ($600).
(4) To a person less than 10 years of age, upon payment of a base
fee of three hundred sixty-five dollars ($365).
(c) Nothing in this section requires a person less than 16 years
of age to obtain a license to take birds or mammals except as
required by law.
(d) Nothing in this section exempts an applicant for a license
from meeting other qualifications or requirements otherwise
established by law for the privilege of sport hunting.
(e) The base fees specified in this section are applicable
commencing January 1, 2004, and shall be adjusted annually thereafter
pursuant to Section 713.
3031.5. For the purpose of obtaining a hunting license, enrollees
in the Job Corps, created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964
(Public Law 88-452), shall be deemed to be residents of California.
3033. (a) The department shall, upon application and payment of a
fee, issue a reduced fee hunting license, that authorizes the
licensee to take any bird or mammal as otherwise authorized pursuant
to this code and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, to a disabled
veteran, as defined in subdivision (b), who has not been convicted of
any violation of this code. The base license fee for a reduced fee
hunting license shall be four dollars ($4) for the hunting license
year beginning on July 1, 1995, and, for the following years, this
license fee may be annually reviewed and adjusted in accordance with
(b) "Disabled veteran" means a person having a 50 percent or
greater service-connected disability and an honorable discharge from
military service. The person shall be eligible upon presentation of
proof of an honorable discharge from military service and proof of
the disability. Proof of the disability shall be by certification
from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or by
presentation of a license issued pursuant to this section in the
preceding license year.
3037. A hunting license authorizes the person to whom it is issued
to take birds and mammals, in accordance with law, for a term of one
year from July 1st to June 30th, or, if issued after the beginning of
such term, for the remainder of the term.
3038. Any member of the armed forces of the United States who is in
a military medical facility and who is at least 70 percent disabled
shall be issued a hunting permit, on application therefor, by the
department, in lieu of a hunting license and appropriate tags,
authorizing the taking of birds and mammals. If the permit covers a
period during which birds or mammals may only be taken or shipped
with appropriate tags, the department may issue such tags with the
permit or shall endorse the permit to authorize such taking and
shipping without such tags.
Such a permit shall be valid only during the period of time such
person is in the medical facility and so disabled. Certification by
the commanding officer of the military medical facility shall be
sufficient proof of this period of time and extent of disability.
3039. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section and Sections
3087 and 4303, or any other provision of this code, or regulations
adopted pursuant thereto, it is unlawful to sell or purchase any
species of bird or mammal or part thereof found in the wild in
(b) Products or handicraft items made from furbearing mammals and
nongame mammals, their carcass or parts thereof, lawfully taken under
the authority of a trapping license, may be purchased or sold at any
(c) Shed antlers, or antlers taken from domestically reared
animals that have been manufactured into products or handicraft
items, or that have been cut into blocks or units which are to be
handcrafted or manufactured into those articles may be purchased or
sold at any time. However, complete antlers, whole heads with
antlers, antlers that are mounted for display, or antlers in velvet
may not be sold or purchased at any time, except as authorized by
(d) Notwithstanding Section 3504, inedible parts of domestically
raised game birds may be sold or purchased at any time.
(e) Any person who illegally takes any bird or mammal for profit
or for personal gain by engaging in any activity authorized by this
section is subject to civil liability pursuant to Section 2582.