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Fish and Game Code - FGC

DIVISION 4. BIRDS AND MAMMALS [3000 - 4903]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456. )

PART 1. PROVISIONS GENERALLY APPLICABLE TO BOTH [3000 - 3480]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456. )

CHAPTER 2. Commercial Activities [3200 - 3480]

  ( Chapter 2 enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456. )

ARTICLE 2. Commercial Hunting Clubs [3240.5 - 3246]
  ( Article 2 enacted by Stats. 1957, Ch. 456. )

3240.5.
  

(a) For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) “Commercial hunting club” means property with respect to which a fee is imposed or collected for either of the following:

(A) Taking or attempting to take birds or mammals on the property.

(B) A type of entry or use permit that includes permission to take birds or mammals on the property.

(2) “Property” means a number of contiguous legal parcels owned by one or more owners and held out for a common purpose.

(b) A person, including, but not limited to, an owner, renter, or lessee, who is in possession or control of a commercial hunting club, shall procure a commercial hunting club license before a bird or mammal may be taken on the property.

(c) This article does not apply under any of the following circumstances:

(1) The fees described in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) that are received by the owner, renter or lessee of the property are less than one hundred dollars ($100) per entrant and total less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) between July 1 and the following June 30. Pursuant to Section 713, department may adjust the threshold amounts established in this paragraph.

(2) The property is used in conjunction with the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program under Article 3 (commencing with Section 1570) of Chapter 5 of Division 2.

(3) A domesticated game bird hunting club licensed under Article 3 (commencing with Section 3270) operates on the property.

(4) A domesticated migratory game bird shooting area licensed under Article 4 (commencing with Section 3300) operates on the property.

(5) The property is used by a hunting club or program licensed under regulations adopted pursuant to this code.

(6) The property is used in conjunction with the private wildlife habitat enhancement and management program under Article 5 (commencing with Section 3400).

(7) The property is used for an officially sanctioned field trial event pursuant to regulations adopted pursuant to this code.

(8) The property is subject to a recorded state, federal, or nonprofit wildlife conservation or agricultural easement or is enrolled in a habitat protection or enhancement program under this code, including, but not limited to, Article 7 (commencing with Section 3460).

(d) This chapter does not apply to an owner of property that is rented or leased to a commercial hunting club, if the owner is not involved in the operation of the club and the club is licensed in accordance with this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 154, Sec. 68. (AB 1527) Effective January 1, 2016.)

3241.
  

(a) An application for a commercial hunting club license shall be submitted on a form furnished by the department. The application, which shall set forth all of the exemptions and conditions established in Section 3240.5, shall require the applicant to include all of the following information:

(1) The name of the club and the ownership.

(2) The business telephone number and mailing address of the club.

(3) The number of properties used by the club and the physical location of each property.

(4) The total acreage of the club property.

(5) A list of all species of game hunted on the club property.

(6) Information as to whether the club owner owns any of the properties used by the club.

(7) The name and address of each property owner, if the property owner is substantially involved in the operation of the club, but does not own the club.

(8) The signature and title of the applicant.

(9) Any other information the department may require.

(b) The department shall allow a commercial hunting club that leases or rents more than one property for hunting purposes to submit a single application listing each of the properties for which the club is seeking a license, if all of the information required for each property is submitted in a format approved by the department.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 394, Sec. 8. (AB 1423) Effective January 1, 2010.)

3242.
  

(a) The department may issue a commercial hunting club license to any person upon submission of a completed application and payment of the required fee, according to the number of properties used by the club, as follows:

(1) The fee for one property shall be two hundred dollars ($200).

(2) The fee for two to five properties shall be five hundred dollars ($500).

(3) The fee for six to 10 properties shall be one thousand dollars ($1,000).

(4) The fee for 11 or more properties shall be two thousand dollars ($2,000).

(b) The fees specified in this section are applicable to the 2010 license year, and shall be adjusted annually thereafter pursuant to Section 713.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 2009, Ch. 394, Sec. 10. (AB 1423) Effective January 1, 2010.)

3243.5.
  

The commission may transfer a commercial hunting club license to other land owned or controlled by the licensee, in the same county as the originally licensed land, without an additional fee, if the commission finds the new land suitable for the purposes of the license and the transfer does not conflict with the public interest.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 154, Sec. 69. (AB 1527) Effective January 1, 2016.)

3245.
  

Commercial hunting club licenses are valid for a term of one year from July 1st, or, if issued after the beginning of such term, for the remainder thereof. A license authorizes the person to whom it is issued to maintain a hunting club in accordance with the provisions of this code and such regulations as the commission may prescribe.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 248.)

3246.
  

Any license issued under this article may be revoked by the commission at one of the commission’s regularly scheduled meetings, or by a court of competent jurisdiction, upon the licensee’s conviction of a violation of this code, and no new license may be issued to the licensee during the same license year.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1244, Sec. 3.)

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