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Game

Wild birds and beasts. The word includes all game birds and game animals.

The state, in its sovereign power, owns game for the benefit of the general public. The only manner in which a private individual can acquire ownership in game is by possessing it lawfully such as by hunting and killing it under a license.

Generally, every individual has the right to hunt and take game in any public place where his or her presence is lawful, so long as the person neither violates statutory regulations nor injures or infringes upon the rights of others. A hunter does not acquire an absolute right to a wild animal by mere pursuit alone, and the individual forfeits any potential ownership by abandoning the chase prior to capture. The exclusive right to hunt or take game on privately owned property vests in the owner or his or her grantees. This property right of the owner is limited by the right of the state to regulate and preserve the game for public use. A suit for Trespass may be brought against one who interferes with another's right to hunt.

A statute that proscribes the hunting of game without a license, and that requires the payment of a fee for such license, constitutes a proper exercise of the Police Power of the state.

Game laws govern the killing or taking of birds and beasts. Game wardens ordinarily can arrest violators, seize illegally taken game, bring actions for trespass, or institute prosecutions for violations of the game laws.

Under a number of game laws, it is a penal offense to kill or take certain types of game in certain seasons of the year or without a license. A hunter is required to exhibit a license when properly called on to do so, and it constitutes a legal violation if the person cannot do so.

In a situation where an individual has lawfully obtained possession of game—enclosing and caring for them as domestic animals—the person can kill one or more of them if necessary for care and management or for humane purposes. In addition, an individual might be justified in killing game in violation of the law if it were necessary for the protection of persons or property. It sometimes constitutes an offense to export game beyond the limits of the nation or state in which it was killed or captured, to ship it for sale in a certain manner, or to absent certain information upon the package.

The United States has entered into treaties with other countries, including Great Britain and Mexico, for the protection and preservation of migratory birds and game animals. It constitutes an offense to violate statutes that were enacted to implement such treaties. For example, a regulatory statute might limit the number of birds that can be killed by any individual each day, and it would be an offense to exceed such limit.

The federal government, subject to the consent of the state, can establish a game refuge for the protection of game and migratory birds and proscribe all hunting in the vicinity. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is administered by the Interior Department, to conserve and preserve fish and game in wildlife refuges and game ranges.

Cross-references

Endangered Species Act; Fish and Fishing.

See: bet, competition, contest, ridicule

game

see POACHING.

GAME. Birds and beasts of a wild-nature, obtained by fowling and hunting. Bac. Ab. h. t.; Animals; Ferae natural.

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This recommendation takes into account the typical home range of large game animals such as deer.
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The contract is for the execution of tasks protection of the National Park in 2014 in the field: silviculture, including work at the nursery, the protection of forest ecosystems against biotic and abiotic factors, the protection of non-forest land ecosystems, the protection of aquatic ecosystems, protection of animals and plants, repair of roads administration buildings, fire protection, making the park for tourism, protection of game animals, cuts reconstruction, care and sanitation, regulation of ownership and other tasks arising from the scope of the annual protection.
At the inn in Burguete Jake sees three "dark and smoky-looking" pictures of "dead" game animals and birds: "There was one panel of rabbits, dead, one of pheasants, also dead, and one panel of dead ducks" (110).
For this year's hunting season, a single hunter on a commercial farm will be allowed to hunt a total of three large game animals; or a total of two large game and four small game animals; or a total of one large game and eight small game animals; or a total of twelve small game animals.
The initial introduction of Texas exotic hunting for big game animals into the state took place in the mid 1950's.
Zimbabwean conservationists are investigating the legality of a hunting trip by US magnate Donald Trump's sons after photos showed up online of the brothers posing with dead game animals.