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      RS 56:251     

  

PART V.  TRAPPING FUR-BEARING ANIMALS

OR ALLIGATORS

SUBPART A.  GENERAL PROVISIONS

§251.  Licenses; possession limit for nonresident alligator hunter; deposit as guarantee of payment of severance tax; penalties

A.  The following license fees shall be levied on each fur trapper, alligator hunter, fur buyer, and fur dealer:

(1)  Every resident fur trapper, fifteen years of age or older, before commencing the business of trapping furbearing animals, shall secure annually from the department a trapper's license, which shall be furnished upon the payment of twenty-five dollars.  Every resident fur trapper under the age of fifteen years, before commencing the business of trapping furbearing animals, shall secure annually from the department a trapper's license, which shall be furnished upon the payment of five dollars.  Every nonresident fur trapper, before commencing the business of trapping furbearing animals, shall secure annually from the department a nonresident trapper's license, which shall be furnished upon the payment of two hundred dollars.  Every resident and nonresident fur trapper must at all times have this license in possession while trapping or selling pelts or animals.  The secretary of the department is hereby authorized to enter into reciprocal agreements with any state with respect to nonresident license fees for the trapping of furbearing animals.

(2)(a)(i)  Every resident alligator hunter shall before commencing business procure annually from the department a resident alligator hunting license, which shall be furnished upon payment of twenty-five dollars, and the filing of an application approved by the department.  Every nonresident alligator hunter shall before commencing business procure annually from the department a nonresident alligator hunter license, which shall be furnished upon the payment of one hundred fifty dollars, and the filing of an application approved by the department.  Every resident and nonresident alligator hunter must at all times have this license in possession while hunting.

(ii)  Upon payment of a fee of an additional twenty-five dollars, the department shall issue to a duly licensed resident alligator hunter a license authorizing that hunter to have one resident assistant accompany him while hunting alligators.  Such assistant shall not be required to have an alligator hunter's license or any class thereof provided that the assistant is working under the immediate supervision and in the presence of the licensed alligator hunter.  This assistant license shall be valid only for the same period for which the license of the alligator hunter is valid.  The assistant shall be allowed to assist in the taking of alligators and shall not be allowed to possess an alligator tag or a tagged alligator outside the presence of the licensed alligator hunter, and the licensed alligator hunter shall not be authorized to transfer an alligator tag to such assistant.  The hunter shall keep, on an official form provided by the department, the name, address, and social security number of each unlicensed assistant who assists him and shall make such information available to the department within fifteen days of the close of the alligator season.

(iii)  All regulations and licensing procedures pertaining to the taking, possessing, and shipping of all alligators, raw alligator skins, and alligator parts shall be established by the department.

(b)  Repealed by Acts 1999, No. 73, §1.

(3)  Every resident fur buyer shall, before commencing business, procure annually from the department a resident fur buyer's license, which shall be furnished upon the payment of twenty-five dollars and the filing of an application approved by the department.

(4)  Every nonresident fur buyer shall before commencing business procure annually from the department a nonresident fur buyer's license, which shall be furnished upon the payment of one hundred dollars, and the filing of an application approved by the department.  Every resident and nonresident fur buyer must at all times have this license in possession while operating his business.

(5)  Every resident fur dealer shall, before commencing business, procure annually from the department a resident fur dealer's license, which shall be furnished upon the payment of one hundred fifty dollars and a deposit of five hundred dollars, to guarantee payment of the severance tax on raw furs and skins, and the filing of an application approved by the department.

(6)  Every nonresident fur dealer shall before commencing business procure annually from the department a nonresident fur dealer's license, which shall be furnished upon the payment of three hundred dollars, and a deposit of one thousand dollars to guarantee payment of the severance tax on raw furs and skins, and the filing of an application approved by the department.  Every resident and nonresident dealer must at all times have this license in possession or prominently displayed while operating his business.

B.  Violation of this Section constitutes a class three violation.

Acts 1970, No. 550, §1.  Amended by Acts 1974, No. 599, §1; Acts 1977, No. 558, §2; Acts 1979, No. 305, §1; Acts 1980, No. 590, §1; Acts 1981, No. 736, §1; Acts 1981, No. 837, §3; Acts 1981, No. 838, §1; Acts 1986, No. 455, §1, eff. July 2, 1986; Acts 1992, No. 499, §1, eff. June 22, 1992; Acts 1992, No. 528, §1, eff. June 29, 1992; Acts 1995, No. 213, §1; Acts 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 164, §2, eff. Sept. 21, 1998; Acts 1999, No. 73, §1.

NOTE:  SEE ACTS 1998, 1ST EX. SESS., NO. 164, §4, RE: EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFECTIVE DATE OF ACT.  LETTER DATED SEPT. 21, 1998, WAS SENT TO DEPT. OF WILDLIFE & FISHERIES FROM COMMISSIONER OF ADMINISTRATION STATING THAT FUNDS WERE APPROPRIATED FROM THE LA. TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FUND TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM.



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