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Game Act 1831

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Game Act 1831

1831 CHAPTER 32

An Act to amend the Laws in England relative to Game.

[5th October 1831]

WHEREAS it is expedient to repeal the following Statutes in that Part of the United Kingdom called England, 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, That so much of a Statute made in the Thirteenth Year of the Reign of King Richard 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, Hare-pipes, Cords, or other Engines to take or destroy Hares, Conies, or other Gentlemen's Game; and so much of a Statute made in the Twenty-second Year of the Reign of King Edward the Fourth as relates to the having any Mark or Game of Swans; and an Act passed in the Eleventh Year of the Reign of King Henry the Seventh, intituled An Act against taking of Feasaunts and Partridges ; and an Act passed in the Nineteenth Year of the same Reign, intituled Be 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, intituled An Act against Destruction of Wild Fowl; and an Act passed in the Thirty-third Year of the same Reign, intituled An Act concerning Cross Bows and Hand Guns; and an Act passed in the Twenty-third Year of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, 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, intituled An 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 Year of the same Reign, intituled An 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-third Years of the Reign of King Charles 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 Act passed in the Fourth Year of the Reign of King William 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 Act passed in the Fifth Year of the Reign of Queen Anne, 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, intituled An 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 Bank 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 Walls 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 Act passed in the Twenty-sixth Year of the same Reign, intituled An 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 An Act to explain and amend a Clause in an Act made in the Fifth Year of the Reign of Queen 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 An Act for the better Preservation of the Game in that Part of Great Britain called England ; and an Act passed in the Thirteenth Year of the same Reign, intituled An Act to explain and amend the several Laws now in being, so far as the same relate to the Preservation of the Moor or Hill Game ; and an Act passed in the same Year of the same Reign, intituled An Act to repeal an Act made in the Tenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, intituled ' An Act for the better Preservation of the Game within that ' Part of Great Britain called England,' and for making other Provisions in lieu thereof; and an Act passed in the Thirty-ninth Year of the same Reign, intituled An Act for repealing Two Acts passed in the Thirty-sixth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, which limit the Time for killing Partridges in England and 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 An Act for the better Preservation of Heath Fowl, commonly called Black Game, in the New Forest in the County of Southampton; and an Act passed in the Forty-eighth Year of the same Reign, intituled An Act to repeal so much of an Act of the First Year of King James the 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 An Act for the better Preservation of Heath Fowl, commonly called Black Game, in the Counties of Somerset and Devon; and an Act passed in the Fifty-eighth Year of the same Reign, intituled An Act for the more effectual Prevention of Offences connected with the unlawful Destruction and Sale of Game ; and an Act passed in the Fifty-ninth Year of the same Reign, intituled. An Act for the further regulating the Appointment of Gamekeepers in Wales ; and all Acts continuing or perpetuating any of the Acts or Parts of Acts herein-before referred to, so tar only as relates to the continuing or perpetuating the same respectively; shall be and continue in force until and throughout the Thirty-first Day of October 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 thereunder 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 Act shall commence and take effect (except as is herein-after excepted) on the First Day of November in the present Year.

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