Hunting of Deer Act 1661

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1661 c. 10
Anno Regni Caroli II. Regis Angli, Scoti, Franci, & Hiberni,decimo tertio. An Act to prevent the unlawful Coursing, Hunting or Killing of Deer.

(13 Cha. 2 St. 1) C A P. X.

F O R the better Preventing of the unlawful Coursing, Hunting, Taking or Killing of Deer, by many idle, loose and disorderly Persons, (2) Be it enacted by the King's most excellent Majesty, and by the Advice and Consent of the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That if any Person or Persons shall from and after the first Day ofAugust next unlawfully course, kill, hurt or take away any Red or Fallow Deer in any Forest, Chase, Purlieu, Paddock, Wood, Parkor other Ground where Deer are or have been usually kept within the Realm ofEngland or Dominion of Wales , without the Consent of the Owner or Person chiefly intrusted with the Custody thereof, or shall be aiding or assisting therein, and shall be convicted thereof by the Confession of the Party, and by the Oath of one or more credible Witnesses, before one or more Justices of the Peace, (who are hereby impowered to administer an Oath to that Purpose) such Person being prosecuted for such Offence within six Months after such Offence done; that then every Person so offending, shall forfeit for every such Offence the Sum of twenty Pounds; (3)to be levied by Way of Distress upon the Goods and Chattels of every such Offender, by Warrant under the Justices Hand before whom such Conviction shall be made; (4)the one Moiety of the said twenty Pounds to be given to the Informer, and the other Moiety to the Owner of the Deer; and for want of sufficient Distress, the Offender shall be committed to the...

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