Judge’s Corner

Unlawful hunting from public highway – penalties

   Section 87-6-403. Unlawful hunting from public highway. Except as provided in 87-2-803(4), a person may not hunt or attempt to hunt any game animal or game bird on, from, or across any public highway or the shoulder, berm, or barrow pit right-of-way of any public highway in the state.

   Penalties: A person convicted of a violation of this section shall be fined not less than $50 or more than $1,000 or be imprisoned in the county detention center for not more than six months, or both. In addition, the person, upon conviction or forfeiture of bond or bail, shall forfeit any current hunting, fishing, or trapping license issued by this state and the privilege to hunt, fish, or trap in this state for 24 months from the date of conviction or forfeiture of bond or bail unless the court imposes a longer period.

   A violation of this section may also result in an order to pay restitution.

   Laughable laws: Los Angeles law forbids hunting moths under a street light; and in Cleveland, it is illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.