CHAPTER 490
FISHERIES AND GAME

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Sec. 26-29. Free lifetime fishing licenses for blind persons.
Sec. 26-29a. Free lifetime fishing licenses for persons with mental retardation.
Sec. 26-29b. Free lifetime hunting, sport fishing or trapping license for certain handicapped persons.
Sec. 26-81. Penalties.
Sec. 26-87. Taking rabbits by use of ferrets. Authorization. Penalties.
Sec. 26-97. Killing game birds in Westport Fire District prohibited. Penalty.

PART III
LICENSES AND PERMITS

      Sec. 26-29. Free lifetime fishing licenses for blind persons. No fee shall be charged for any sport fishing license issued under this chapter to any blind person, and such license shall be a lifetime license not subject to the expiration provisions of section 26-35. Proof of such blindness shall be furnished, in the case of a veteran, by the United States Veterans' Administration and, in the case of any other person, by the State Board of Education of the Blind. For the purpose of this section, a person shall be blind only if his central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with correcting lenses, or if his visual acuity is greater than 20/200 but is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than twenty degrees.

      (1955, S. 2471d; 1957, P.A. 321, S. 1; P.A. 07-133, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 07-133 added provision making license a lifetime license, effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 26-29a. Free lifetime fishing licenses for persons with mental retardation. No fee shall be charged for any sport fishing license issued under this chapter to any person with mental retardation, and such license shall be a lifetime license not subject to the expiration provisions of section 26-35. Proof of mental retardation shall consist of a certificate to that effect issued by any person licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state.

      (1963, P.A. 77; P.A. 07-133, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 07-133 added provision making license a lifetime license, effective July 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 26-29b. Free lifetime hunting, sport fishing or trapping license for certain handicapped persons. No fee shall be charged for any hunting, sport fishing or trapping license issued under this chapter to any physically disabled person, and such license shall be a lifetime license not subject to the expiration provisions of section 26-35. For the purposes of this section, a "physically disabled person" is any person whose disability consists of the loss of one or more limbs or the permanent loss of the use of one or more limbs. A physically disabled person shall submit to the commissioner a certification, signed by a licensed physician, of such disability. No fee shall be charged for any hunting or sport fishing license issued under this chapter to any physically disabled person who is not a resident of this state if such person is a resident of a state in which a physically disabled person from Connecticut will not be required to pay a fee for a hunting or sport fishing license, and such license shall be a lifetime license not subject to the expiration provisions of section 26-35.

      (P.A. 87-513, S. 1; P.A. 93-256, S. 2, 6; P.A. 07-133, S. 5.)

      History: P.A. 93-256 expanded eligibility for licenses under this section and added eligibility for free trapping licenses, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 07-133 added provisions making license a lifetime license, effective July 1, 2007.

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PART IV
HUNTING AND TRAPPING

      Sec. 26-81. Penalties. Any person who violates any provision of this part for which no other penalty is provided shall be fined not less than ten dollars or more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than sixty days or be both fined and imprisoned.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4897; 1957, P.A. 277; P.A. 07-217, S. 123.)

      History: P.A. 07-217 made a technical change, effective July 12, 2007.

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PART V
QUADRUPEDS

      Sec. 26-87. Taking rabbits by use of ferrets. Authorization. Penalties. The commissioner may authorize the commissioner's conservation officers or other agents to take rabbits by the use of ferrets for the purpose of restocking and redistribution. Any person who takes any rabbit by the use of a ferret, except as authorized in this section, shall be fined not less than ten dollars or more than fifty dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or be both fined and imprisoned, and the possession of each rabbit taken by the use of a ferret, except as so authorized, shall constitute a separate offense.

      (1949 Rev., S. 4906; 1971, P.A. 872, S. 281; P.A. 07-217, S. 124.)

      History: 1971 act replaced reference to board of fisheries and game with reference to environmental protection commissioner; P.A. 07-217 made technical changes, effective July 12, 2007.

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PART VI
BIRDS

      Sec. 26-97. Killing game birds in Westport Fire District prohibited. Penalty. Any person who kills any game bird within the limits of the Westport Fire District in the town of Westport shall be fined not less than one dollar or more than fifty dollars.

      (1949 Rev., S. 5010; P.A. 07-217, S. 125.)

      History: P.A. 07-217 made a technical change, effective July 12, 2007.

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