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Revised Game Laws

Following last years launch of a consultation paper aimed at abolishing game licenses, the government has announced that the draft Regulatory Reform (Game) Order 2007 will be laid before the House of Commons before Easter.

The new legislation is due to come into force on the 1st August 2007 and would make amendments to the Game Act of 1831, the Game Licenses Act of 1860 and the Deer Act of 1991.

The proposed Order is intended to amend legislation governing the issuing of licenses for the killing, taking and sale of game in England and Wales to bring it up to date and make it less onerous to observe.

The proposed Order would:

Remove the requirement to hold a game license to take or kill game

Remove the requirement for a local authority license and an excise license in order to deal in game

Remove the restriction on dealing in game birds and venison during the close season, permitting sale all year round provided the game was lawfully killed.

External Links:

House of Commons Regulatory Reform Comittee - Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Game) Order 2007

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