TO REGULATE TRESPASSING TO HUNT IN ORDER TO PROTECT RESPONSIBLE HUNTERS.
Amends GS 14-159.6, adding that it is not a violation for a hunter lawfully hunting on land adjacent to posted land, as indicated, to enter the posted land if the land is not fenced, provided the hunter’s sole purpose is to retrieve hunting dogs that strayed onto the posted land and the hunter does not carry a firearm or bow and arrow, or operate a motorized vehicle on the property. Requires an offender to forfeit the firearm, bow and arrow, or motor vehicle upon order of the court.
Enacts new GS 14-159.6A to make any person who willfully goes upon another’s land to hunt, or willfully releases hunting dogs on another’s land, without possessing written permission from the owner or lessee, guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable with up to 30 days imprisonment and a fine of up to $500 for the first offense and up to 45 days imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense, or for an offense involving the use of a motor vehicle. Details requirements for satisfactory written consent. Makes conforming changes. Applies to acts committed on or after October 1, 2011.
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