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RULE §65.198Entry, Registration, and Checkout

(a) It is an offense if a person:

  (1) who does not possess a valid permit enters public hunting lands at a time when access is restricted only to persons possessing a valid permit;

  (2) enters an area identified by boundary signs as a limited use zone, sanctuary, or restricted area and fails to obey the restrictions on public use posted at the area or as set forth in this subchapter; or

  (3) on areas where on-site registration is required, fails to check in at a registration station and properly complete registration procedures before initiation of hunting, fishing, or recreational use activities or fails to properly check out at the registration station before departing the area.

(b) Unless otherwise authorized in writing by the department or as provided in subsection (c) of this section, it is an offense if a person participating in a hunt conducted by special permit or totally or in part by regular permit fails to:

  (1) check in at a designated check station prior to initiation of hunting activities; and

  (2) check out at a designated check station or otherwise fails to allow inspection of the bag before leaving the area.

(c) The requirements of subsection (b) of this section may be waived for specific hunts as designated by order of the executive director or by direction of the hunt supervisor. Participation in regular permit hunts for which the check station requirement has been waived will be solely by APH permit.

(d) Access for recreational use and fishing may be temporarily restricted while hunts are being conducted by special or regular permit or at times when ongoing research or management activities may be impacted.

Source Note: The provisions of this §65.198 adopted to be effective September 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 5316; amended to be effective August 9, 2001, 26 TexReg 5825; amended to be effective June 7, 2005, 30 TexReg 3256

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