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RULE §65.312Possession of Migratory Game Birds

(a) For all migratory birds taken for which there is a possession limit, the possession limit shall apply until the birds have reached the personal residence of the possessor and are finally processed.

(b) A person may give, leave, receive, or possess any species of legally taken migratory game birds, or parts of birds, that are protected by a bag or possession limit, if the birds are accompanied by a wildlife resource document (WRD) from the person who killed the birds. For example, a WRD is required if the birds are being transported by another person for the hunter, or if the birds have been left for cleaning, storage (including temporary storage), shipment, or taxidermy services. The WRD is not required of a person who lawfully killed the birds to possess the birds, or if the birds are transferred at the personal residence of the donor or donee. If the birds have been finally processed at a cold storage or processing facility and a person transports more than a legal possession limit, then a WRD must accompany the birds in excess of the possession limit until they reach the permanent residence of the possessor. A properly executed WRD satisfies the tagging requirements of 50 CFR Part 20. Except as provided in this subsection, a WRD shall accompany the birds until the birds reach their final destination and must contain the following information:

  (1) the name, signature, address, and hunting license number of the person who killed the birds;

  (2) the name of the person receiving the birds;

  (3) the number and species of birds or parts;

  (4) the date the birds were killed; and

  (5) the location where the birds were killed (e.g., name of ranch; area; lake, bay, or stream; county).

(c) No person may:

  (1) take or have in possession more than the bag and possession limits of each species of migratory game birds except as provided in this section;

  (2) possess migratory game birds on the opening day of the season in excess of the applicable daily bag limit;

  (3) possess more than one daily bag limit of freshly killed migratory game birds while in the field or while returning from the field to one's hunting camp, automobile or other motor driven land conveyance, aircraft, temporary lodging facility, personal residence, or cold storage or processing facility; or

  (4) possess freshly killed migratory game birds during the closed season.

Source Note: The provisions of this §65.312 adopted to be effective August 26, 1997, 22 TexReg 7896; amended to be effective August 20, 1998, 23 TexReg 8461; amended to be effective August 13, 2007, 32 TexReg 5027

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