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As the 6hooting season opens to-day it will be of interest to many of cur readers to bring under their notice the provisions of the law relating to Game and Nativp G»me as amended by '< The Animals Protection Act Amendment Act" of last session. This provides inter QUa that no game or native game may be killed, destroyed, or shot with anything but a shoulder gun, aud no such gun may exceed iv size what is known as No. 10 at the muzzle, nor be fitted with barrels exceeding 36 inches in length, and, no gun may exceed JOlbs in wpigb,t. Ihe object pf this provision, which is a very necessary one, is to put a etop to the wholesale destruction which has been done, among ducks especially, in past years by the use of punt guns, swivel guns, and other engines of destruction, which, in some localities, have been use 4 very extensively by men who have made a business of game slaughtering to the ruin of legitimate sport. Such nefarious practices in contravention of the law will now render the offenders liable to a penalty of £10 in every case. Then as regards the selling of native game it is provided tint no person may sell any native game, or take, or kill nrftive game for. the purpose of sale without previously taking out a license, thp fee for which is £5, and tho penalty for soiling without a license is auy sum not exceeding £20. If a person hold* a license to sell game—i.e., imported game—he is not liable to pay a second fee on taking out a license to sell native gamp, but if j£ is intended to sell both kinds of game both licenses must be taken ont. It must, however, be borne in mind that, notwithstanding that the sporting season opens on the Ist April, no native game may be ss'd, even by a person licensed to" sell, until the Ist May. Further it is required that a register be kept of all purchases of gatne or native game, the provision to that effect, which is contained in sfction 7, being that every holder of a license to sfll game or native game shall keop a book in which he is to enter the name of every person from whom any game or native game js purchased, the uumbor and description of all such game or native game purchased from each person, $nd the district in which such game was killed ojr taken, and this book ia to be open for inspection at all reasonable hours by any police officer or holder of a game license. Breach of any of these provisions renders liable to a penalty of £10. Lastly it may be worth while to draw the attention of officers of Acclimatisation Societies to the fact that every such society ib required to forward to the Colonial Treasurer before the 21st April in each year a detailed statement of accounts as up to the 319t March preceding, together with a balance-sheet, duly auditod, and that such statement and balauce-shert must be published in some newspaper circulating within the district. Default in this particular for three calendar mpnths disentitles the defaulting society to receive, any fees, fines, or penalties under the Animals Protection' Aa\ ivbile each default continue?*

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THE SHOO ING SEASON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2390, 1 April 1890

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THE SHOO ING SEASON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2390, 1 April 1890