New Jersey Revised Statutes § 23:3-1 - License For Hunting, Fishing Or Trapping; Penalty; Exemptions.

23:3-1 License for hunting, fishing or trapping; penalty; exemptions.

23:3-1. a. A person shall not at any time hunt, take or attempt to take, kill or pursue, with a gun or any firearm of any kind or character, or with longbow and arrow, a wild bird, animal or fowl, or take or attempt to take any skunk, mink, muskrat, or other fur-bearing animal by means of a trap, or set a trap for any fur-bearing animal, nor shall any person above the age of 16 years at any time take or attempt to take fish in any of the fresh waters of this State by the method commonly known as angling with a hand line or rod and line, or with longbow and arrow, unless he has first procured a proper license.

b.A person shall not engage in hunting, fishing or trapping unless the appropriate license or tag as prescribed hereunder is visibly displayed in a holder in a conspicuous place on the outer clothing at the time of such hunting, fishing or trapping. A licensee shall exhibit his license and tag for inspection to any conservation officer, deputy conservation officer, police officer or other person requesting to see it.

c.A person under 12 years of age shall not be issued a trapping license.

d.A person who is on active duty with any branch or department of the armed service of the United States shall be entitled to hunt or fish upon obtaining the proper resident license therefor.

e.Nothing in this section shall prevent the occupant of a farm in this State, who actually resides thereon, or the immediate members of his family who also reside thereon, from hunting for, taking, killing or pursuing with a gun or firearm or a longbow and arrow on the farm a wild bird, animal or fowl, from taking any skunk, mink, muskrat, or other fur-bearing animal by means of a trap or from setting a trap for a fur-bearing animal on the farm, or from taking fish on the farm with hand line, rod and line, or longbow and arrow in the manner provided by law during the time when it is lawful so to do, without being licensed hereunder. The exemption provided pursuant to this subsection shall not apply to a person residing on the farm or in a tenant house thereon who is not a member of the occupant's family, nor to a servant of the occupant.

f. (1) Any person found hunting, fishing or trapping without the proper license or tag as may be required conspicuously displayed pursuant to subsection b. of this section shall be liable to a penalty of $10 and costs, to be recovered pursuant to the provisions of Title 23, chapter 10, of the Revised Statutes.

(2)Any person who violates any provision of this section for which a penalty is not otherwise expressly provided, shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $50 nor more than $200 for each offense.

Amended 1945, c.116; 1948, c.226, s.1; 1951, c.226, s.1; 1953, c.425; 1971, c.405, s.1;1975, c.81; 1975, c.116, s.1; 1979, c.385, s.2; 1993, c.20, s.2; 1999, c.282, s.3.

23:3-1a. Fees; adjustment by council, once
12. The Fish and Game Council may, on one occasion only at such time as may be deemed appropriate by the Fish and Game Council, by regulation adopted by August 1 of the preceding year, determine the fees for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses, permits, tags, certificates and stamps under R.S.23:3-3, R.S.23:3-4, section 2 of P.L.1951, c.226 (C.23:3-4.1), section 8 of P.L.1986, c.198 (C.23:3-4.11), R.S.23:3-25, section 7 of P.L.1986, c.198 (C.23:3-27.1), R.S.23:3-29, section 1 of P.L.1959, c.37 (C.23:3-56.1), section 3 of P.L.1952, c.328 (C.23:3-59), section 3 of P.L.1975, c.117 (C.23:3-61.3), section 2 of P.L.1970, c.247 (C.23:3-63), section 5 of P.L.1970, c.247 (C.23:3-66) and section 11 of P.L.1982, c.180 (C.23:3-1.1), in the following manner:

a. The amount of the applicable fee on the effective date of P.L.1991, c.286 (C.23:3-1a et al.) shall be the base fee.

b. The base fee may be adjusted on one occasion only at such time as may be deemed appropriate by the Fish and Game Council by adding to that base fee an amount equal to a percentage of the base fee as determined by the Fish and Game Council; provided, however, that the amount added shall not exceed an amount equal to 10% of the base fee.

c. Any adjustment in fees shall be rounded to the nearest $0.25.

L.1982,c.180,s.12; amended 1991,c.286,s.1.

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