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    Laws about Pigeons for dog training

    What is the Law regarding the use of pigeons for dog training.?
    Two part question, using pigeons on either public or private dog training areas. I understand the Law and differences of gamebirds on both public and private. But would like to know the Laws concerning pigeons on both public and private land

    Last edited by Gamebird; 05-15-2010 at 06:42 PM. Reason: Wording is bad

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    Here are the regulations for state land:

    26-16-2. Limitations on public use of state controlled Field Trial and Dog Training Areas.
    The public use of state-owned and state-controlled dog training and field trial areas administered by the Department of Environmental Protection shall conform with the following regulations: (a) The area shall be closed for all purposes from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. (b) There shall be no other use of the area while an authorized field dog trial is being conducted. (c) Running and training of dogs is restricted to the area so posted. (d) Discarding of trash is prohibited. (e) Garbage, trash and other materials shall not be brought to the area for disposal. (f) Vehicles shall be parked only in authorized locations. (g) The maximum speed of any vehicle shall not exceed 20 miles per hour. (h) Kindling or open fires is prohibited. (i) Camping is prohibited, except with written authorization from the Department of Environmental Protection. (j) Gambling in any form, disorderly conduct, intoxication, obscene or indecent behavior is prohibited. (k) Damaging any building, fence, facility, poster, tree or shrub is prohibited. (l) No notice, poster or sign shall be erected or placed without permission of the Department of Environmental Protection. (m) Horses shall be kept off the oil-treated portion of any roadway. (n) Only artificially propagated gamebirds (pheasants, chukar partridge, quail, ducks), and pigeons of either sex may be liberated. Special permits for other birds or animals must be obtained from the Department of Environmental Protection. (o) All birds liberated shall be full winged and capable of maintaining normal flight and shall be in a condition suitable to maintain themselves in the wild.
    (p) No birds or animals are to be shot except during the open season; use of blank cartridges will be permitted. This restriction shall not apply to field trials held at Nod Brook management area, Dr. John E. Flaherty Field Trial Area or Mansfield Hollow Dam which are sanctioned by AKC, CASDFTA, or NAVHDA. (q) Upon the completion of a field trial, no dogs shall be allowed to run free on the area until the morning of the following day.


    26-49-2. Hunting dog training areas
    (a) The size of the area where dog training is permitted shall be not more than 300 acres; however, the area where the shooting of birds will be permitted in connection with dog training shall be not less than five acres nor more than ten acres in size and shall be in a single block.
    (b) The external boundaries of the dog training area shall be conspicuously posted and the area where the shooting of birds is permitted in connection with dog training shall be adequately posted by the permittee at intervals of not more than 100 feet with conspicuous signs of a size not less than 11" X 16". These signs shall include the name of the permittee and the words “Regulated Dog Training Area ... Authorized under regulations of the Department of Environmental Protection.”
    (c) The area where the shooting of birds is permitted in connection with dog training shall be in a location that does not conflict with any reasonable prior public interest, shall be suitable for the purpose, where the discharge of firearms will not endanger public safety, and shall be on or in close proximity to the private shooting preserve, game farm or commercial kennel of the permittee.
    (d) Only artificially propagated pheasant, chukar partridge, quail, ducks and pigeons of either sex may be liberated and shot.
    (e) All birds liberated shall be full-winged and capable of maintaining normal flight and shall be in a condition suitable to maintain themselves in the wild.
    (f) No game bird or pigeon shall be permanently confined on the area where shooting is permitted in connection with the training of dogs by use of any device.
    (g) All birds after they are shot in connection with dog training, shall be identified with a tag obtained from the Department at a fee of ten cents each.
    (h) The permittee shall keep accurate written daily records which shall be open to inspection by any duly authorized representative of the department at any reasonable time. These records shall include:
    (1) The name of each person hunting on the area, the day the person was hunting and amount of game, pheasant, quail, chukar partridge and ducks taken each day.
    (2) The number of all pheasants, quail, chukar partridge, and ducks liberated on the area included in the permit, together with the dates when such birds were liberated. Not later than thirty days following the period for which the permit was issued, the permittee shall submit to the department, a true copy of his records on forms provided by the department.


    26-52-1. Permits for shooting birds liberated at field dog trials
    The commissioner will issue permits for field dog trials at which birds may be shot subject to the following regulations:
    (a) Birds may be shot at all field dog training trials, and other trials which are licensed or sanctioned by the AKC, CASDFTA or NAVHDA.
    (b) Field dog trials at which birds may be shot may be held during daylight hours, any time, including Sunday.
    (c) The location where such field dog trial is held shall be suitable for that purpose and such trial shall not endanger the public safety. State-owned lands approved for shooting field dog trials are the Nod Brook Management Area, Dr. John E. Flaherty Field Trial Area, Mansfield Hollow Dam, and Sugarbrook Field Trial Area.
    (d) Only pheasant, quail, chukar partridge, ducks and pigeons of either sex shall be liberated and shot at field dog trials.
    (e) A minimum of five of any of the following species, pheasant, quail, chukar partridge, ducks or pigeons shall be liberated at each field dog trial.
    (f) All pheasants, quail, chukar partridge, ducks or pigeons liberated at field dog trials for the purpose of their being shot shall have complete wing feathers, shall be capable of maintaining normal flight and shall not be confined to the field trial area by use of any device.
    (g) No pheasant, quail, chukar partridge, or duck shall be liberated unless it was obtained from the same source of supply as that stated in the permit, except with the permission of the commissioner.
    (h) All pheasant, quail, chukar partridge or ducks shot shall be immediately tagged by an agent of the commissioner. Tags shall be obtained from the Department of Environmental Protection upon payment of a fee of ten cents each.
    (i) A report on the trial, on a form furnished by the commissioner, must be submitted to the commissioner by the agent of the commissioner within one week of the end of the trial.
    (j) Birds escaping from the trial course shall not be hunted further by trial participants or spectators on the same day as the trial. Shooting by trial participants off the bird field area as designated by the Department of Environmental Protection is prohibited.
    (k) A permit to hold a field dog trial at which birds may be shot shall cost ten dollars ($10.00) if held at the Nod Brook Management Area, Dr. John E. Flaherty Field Trial Area or Mansfield Hollow Dam and sanctioned by the AKC, CASDFTA or NAVHDA, and five dollars ($5.00) if held on private lands.

    If you are just training with pigeons on your own property...then you are training with pigeons on your own property (and not participating in a field trial which requires a permit).

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    Thank you for your response.. Also the last sentence was very help.

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