50 CFR 20.100 - General provisions.

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§ 20.100 General provisions.
(a) The taking, possession, transportation, and other uses of migratory game birds by hunters is generally prohibited unless it is specifically provided for under regulations developed in accordance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Consequently, hunting is prohibited unless regulatory schedules are established for seasons, daily bag and possession limits, and shooting (or hawking) hours. Migratory game bird population levels, including production and habitat conditions, vary annually. These conditions differ over North America, and within the United States, by flyways, States, and frequently areas within States. Thus, it is necessary to make annual adjustments in the schedules to limit the harvests of migratory game birds to permissible levels.
(b) The development of these schedules involves annual data gathering programs to determine migratory game bird population status and trends, evaluations of habitat conditions, harvest information, and other factors having a bearing on the anticipated size of the fall flights of these birds. The proposed hunting schedules are announced early in the spring, and following consideration of additional information as it becomes available, as well as public comment, they are modified and published as supplemental proposals. These are also open to public comment. Public hearings are held for the purpose of providing additional opportunity for public participation in the rulemaking process.
[44 FR 7147, Feb. 6, 1979]

Title 50 published on 2013-10-01

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  • 2013-12-26; vol. 78 # 248 - Thursday, December 26, 2013
    1. 78 FR 78275 - Migratory Bird Hunting; Revision of Language for Approval of Nontoxic Shot for Use in Waterfowl Hunting
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      DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Fish and Wildlife Service
      Final rule.
      This rule is effective on January 27, 2014.
      50 CFR Part 20

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 16 - CONSERVATION

§ 703 - Taking, killing, or possessing migratory birds unlawful

§ 704 - Determination as to when and how migratory birds may be taken, killed, or possessed

§ 705 - Transportation or importation of migratory birds; when unlawful

§ 706 - Arrests; search warrants

§ 707 - Violations and penalties; forfeitures

§ 708 - State or Territorial laws or regulations

§ 709 - Omitted

§ 709a - Authorization of appropriations

§ 710 - Partial invalidity; short title

§ 711 - Breeding and sale for food supply

§ 712 - Treaty and convention implementing regulations; seasonal taking of migratory birds for essential needs of indigenous Alaskans to preserve...maintain stocks of the birds; protection and conservation of the birds

§ 742a - Declaration of policy

§ 742b - United States Fish and Wildlife Service

16 U.S. Code § 742b–1 - Assistant Director for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs

§ 742c - Loans for financing or refinancing of cost of purchasing, constructing, equipping, maintaining, repairing, or operating commercial fishing vessels or gear

16 U.S. Code § 742c–1 - Investment in obligations of the United States; proceeds to be used for fisheries

§ 742d - Investigations; preparation and dissemination of information; reports

16 U.S. Code § 742d–1 - Studies of effects in use of chemicals

§ 742e - Transfer of functions to Secretary

§ 742f - Powers of Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce

16 U.S. Code § 742f–1 - National Volunteer Coordination Program

§ 742g - Cooperation with State Department

§ 742h - Reports on fishery products

§ 742i - Effect on rights of States and international commissions

§ 742j - Authorization of appropriations

Statutes at Large

Title 50 published on 2013-10-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 50 CFR 20 after this date.

  • 2013-12-26; vol. 78 # 248 - Thursday, December 26, 2013
    1. 78 FR 78275 - Migratory Bird Hunting; Revision of Language for Approval of Nontoxic Shot for Use in Waterfowl Hunting
      GPO FDSys XML | Text
      DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Fish and Wildlife Service
      Final rule.
      This rule is effective on January 27, 2014.
      50 CFR Part 20