CHAPTER 369

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 653

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 7, TITLE 7 OF THE DELAWARE CODE BY ESTABLISHING HUNTING SAFETY ZONES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Two-thirds of all members elected to each House thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend Chapter 7, Title 7 of the Delaware Code by adding thereto a new section to read as follows:

"§730. Hunting or trapping in safety zones, penalty.

No person, except the owner or occupant, shall discharge, a firearm within 100 yards of an occupied dwelling, house or residence or any barn, stable or any other building used in connection therewith, while hunting or trapping of wild birds for wild animals of any kind. The area within said distance shall be a 'safety zone', and it shall be unlawful to shoot at any wild bird or wild animal while it is within such safety zone without the specific advance permission of the owner or tenant.

During any open hunting or trapping season. it shall be unlawful for any person, other than the owner or occupant, to hunt or to trap, pursue. disturb or otherwise chase any wild animal or bird within a safety zone without the specific, advance permission of the owner or occupant.

A person found guilty of violating any provision of this section shall be fined not less than S25 nor more than $100. Justices of the Peace shall have Jurisdiction of offenses under this Section."

Approved July 17, 1984.