Game Act 1831

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1831 c. 32
Anno Regni GULIELMI IV. Britanniarum Regis,Primo & Secundo. An Act to amend the Laws inEngland relative to Game.

(1 & 2 Will. 4) C A P. XXXII.

[5th October 1831]

'WHEREAS it is expedient to repeal the following Statutes in that Part of the United Kingdom calledEngland relative to Game, and to substitute other Provisions in lieu thereof;' be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, Thatso much of a Statute made in the Thirteenth Year of the Reign of KingRichard the Second as relates to such Persons as shall not have or keep any Greyhound, Hound, or other Dog to hunt, and shall not use Fyrets, Heys, Nets, Harepipes, Cords, or other Engines to take or destroy Hares, Conies, or other Gentlemen'sGame; and so much of a Statute made in the Twenty-second Year of the Reign of KingEdward the Fourth as relates to the having any Mark or Game of Swans; and an Act passed in the EleventhYear of the Reign of KingHenry the Seventh, intituled An Act against taking of Feasaunts and Partridges ; and an Act passed in the Nineteenth Year of the same Reign, intituled De Laqueis et Retibus Venantium ; and an Act passed in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Years of the Reign of King Henry the Eighth, intituled An Act against tracing of Hares ; and an Act passed in the Twenty fifth Year of the same Reign, intituledAn Act against Destruction of Wild Fowl ; and an Act passed in the Thirty-third Yearof the same Reign, intituledAn Act concerning Cross Bows and Hand Guns ; and an Act passed in the Twenty-thirdYear of the Reign of QueenElizabeth , intituled An Act for the Preservation of Pheasants and Partridges ; and an Act passed in the Second Year of the Reign of King James the First, intituledAn Act for the better Execution of the Intent and Meaning of former Statutes made against shooting in Guns, and for the Preservation of the Game of Pheasants and Partridges, and against the destroying of Hares with Hare Pipes, and tracing Hares in the Snow ; and an Act passed in the Seventh Yearof the same Reign, intituledAn Act to prevent the Spoil of Corn and Grain by untimely hawking, and for the better Preservation of Pheasants and Partridges ; and an Act passed in the Twenty-second and Twenty-thirdYears of the Reign of KingCharles the Second, intituled An Act for the better Preservation of the Game, and for securing Warrens not inclosed, and the several Fishings of this Realm ; and an Actpassed in the Fourth Year of the Reign of KingWilliam and Queen Mary , intituled An Act for the more easy Discovery and Conviction of such as shall destroy the Game of this Kingdom ; and an Actpassed in the Fifth Year of the Reign of QueenAnne , intituled An Act for the better Preservation of the Game ; and an Act passed in the Ninth Year of the same Reign, intituled An Act for making the Act of the Fifth Year of Her Majesty's Reign, for the better Preservation of the Game, perpetual, and for making the same more effectual ; and an Act passed in the Eighth Year of the Reign of King George the First, intituledAn Act for the better Recovery of the Penalties inflicted upon Persons who destroy the Game ; and an Act passed in the Tenth Year of the Reign of King George the Second, intituled An Act for continuing an Act for the more effectual punishing wicked and evil disposed Persons going armed in Disguise, and doing Injuries and Violences to the Persons and Properties of His Majesty's Subjects, and for the more speedy bringing the Offenders to Justice; and for continuing Two Clauses, to prevent the cutting or breaking down the Bark of any River or Sea Bank, and to prevent the malicious cutting of Hopbinds, contained in an Act passed in the Sixth Year of His present Majesty's Reign; and for the more effectual Punishment of Persons removing any Materials used for securing Marsh or Sea Walk or Banks, and of Persons maliciously setting on Fire any Mine, Pit, or Delph of Coal or Cannel Coal, and of Persons unlawfully hunting or taking any Red or Fallow Deer in Forests or Chases, or beating or wounding Keepers or other Officers in Forests, Chases, or Parks; and for more effectually securing the Breed of Wild Fowl ; and an Actpassed in the Twenty-sixth Year of the same Reign, intituledAn Act to amend an Act made in the Eighth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the First, intituled 'An Act for the better Recovery of the Penalties inflicted upon Persons who destroy the Game,' by enlarging the Time within which Suits and Actions are to be brought by force of the said Act ; and an Act passed in the Twenty-eighth Year of the Reign of King George the Second, intituled Anne,intituled 'An Act for the better Preservation of the Game,' in relation to the selling or offering to Sale any Game ; and an Act passed in the Second Year of the Reign of King George the Third, intituled Great Britaincalled England; and an Act passed in the Thirteenth Year of the same Reign, intituled ; and an Act passed in the same Year of the same Reign, intituled Great Britain called England,'and for making other Provisions in lien thereof ; and an Act passed in the Thirty-ninth Year of the same Reign, intituled Englandand Scotland, and for amending so much of an Act passed in the Second Year of the Reign of His present Majesty as relates to such Limitation within that Part of Great Britain called England, by making other Provisions for that Purpose ; and an Act passed in the Forty-third Year of the same Reign, intituled New Forestin the County of Southampton; and an Act passed in the Forty-eighth Year of the same Reign, intituled Jamesthe First as relates to the Penalties on shooting at Hares; and also to repeal an Act of the Third Year of King George the First, relating to Gamekeepers ; and an Act passed in the Fiftieth Year of the Reign of King George the Third, intituled Somersetand Devon; and an Act passed in the Fifty-eighth Year of the same Reign, intituled ; and an Act passed in the Fifty-ninth Year of the same Reign, intituled Wales; and all Acts continuing or perpetuating any of the Acts or Parts of Acts herein-before referred to, so far only as relates to the continuing or perpetuating the same respectively; shall be and continue in force until and throughout the Thirty-first Day ofOctober in the present Year, and shall from and after that Day, as to that Part of the United Kingdom called England , be repealed (except so far as any of the said Acts may repeal the Whole or any Part of any other Acts, and except as to any Offences which may have been committed against, any of the said Acts before or upon the said Thirty first Day, and as to any Penalties which may have been incurred there-under before or upon the said Thirty-first Day, which Offences shall be dealt with and punished, and the Penalties recovered, as if this Act had not been made, and except as to any Matters done by any Persons under the Authority of any of the said Acts before or upon the said Thirty-first Day, with respect to whom every Privilege and Protection given by any of the said Acts shall continue in force as if this Act had not been made); and this Actshall commence and take effect (except as is herein-after excepted) on the First Day ofNovember in the present Year.

S-II What shall be deemed Game.

II What shall be deemed Game.

II. And be it enacted, That the Word ‘Game’ shall for all the Purposes of this Act be deemed to include Hares, Pheasants, Partridges, Grouse, Heath or Moor Game, Black Game, and Bustards; and that the Words ‘Lord of a Manor, Lordship, or Royalty, or reputed Manor, Lordship, or Royalty,’ shall throughout this Act be deemed to include a Lady of the same respectively.

S-III Days and Seasons during which Game shall not be killed.

III Days and Seasons during which Game shall not be killed.

III. And be it enacted, That if any Person whatsoever shall kill or take any Game, or use any Dog, Gun, Net, or other Engine or Instrument for the Purpose of killing or taking any Game, on aSunday or Christmas Day , such Person shall, on Conviction thereof before Two Justices of the Peace, forfeit and pay for every such Offence such Sum of Money, not exceeding Five Pounds, as to the said Justices shall seem meet, together with the Costs of the Conviction; and if any Person whatsoever shall kill or take any Partridge between the First Day of February and the First Day of September in any Year, or any Pheasant between the First Day of February and the First Day of October in any Year, or any Black Game (except in the County of Somerset or Devon , or in the New Forest in the County of Southampton ,) between the Tenth Day of December in any Year and the Twentieth Day of August in the succeeding Year, or in the County of Somerset or Devon , or in the New Forest aforesaid, between the Tenth Day of December in any Year and the First Day of September in the succeeding Year, or any Grouse, commonly called Red Game, between the Tenth, Day of December in any Year and the Twelfth Day of August in the succeeding Year, or any Bustard between the First Day of March and the First Day of September in any Year, every such Person shall, on Conviction of any such Offence before Two Justices of the Peace, forfeit and pay for every Head of Game so killed or taken such Sum of Money, not exceeding One Pound, as to the said Justices, shall seem meet, together with the Costs of the Conviction; and if any Person, with Intent to destroy or injure any Game, shall at any Timeput or cause to be put any Poison or poisonous Ingredient on any Ground, whether open or inclosed, where Game usually resort, or in any Highway, every...

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