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Connecticut Laws | Title 26 Fisheries And Game
Sec. 26-16. Public hunting and fishing lands and waters.

Sec. 26-16. Public hunting and fishing lands and waters. (77)(Text)

The commissioner is authorized to acquire for the use of the state, by gift, lease, purchase or agreement, fishing, hunting, trapping or shooting rights or privileges on any land or water in this state, with necessary rights of ingress thereto and egress therefrom, or, with the approval of the Governor, to purchase land or water for the purposes of such rights or privileges. The commissioner may, by regulation, open or close any of such land or waters for the purpose of regulating hunting, shooting, trapping, fishing, dog training, field dog trials or other public use. The commissioner may, by regulation, govern and prescribe the maximum number of persons or boats that may use such land or waters and may require that a permit be obtained from the commissioner or his agent to enter upon such land or waters for the purposes described in this section, and said commissioner may further require that such permit be returned to him or his agent with an accurate report of all fish or wildlife taken under such permit. The commissioner may, by regulation, govern and prescribe the use of such lands and waters, the open and closed seasons, the method of taking, the legal length and the daily creel or bag limits for all species of fish and wildlife thereon. He may furnish or supply at a reasonable fee, on such lands or waters, boats or other facilities for use by fishermen or hunters. Portions of such lands and waters may be posted by the commissioner as a closed area and, when they are so posted, no person shall enter thereon for the purpose of hunting, shooting, trapping, fishing, dog training, field dog trials or other public use, and no person shall allow any dog in his charge to enter upon such land or water. No person over the age of sixteen years shall fish, hunt or trap on such land or water without a license; provided the owner in fee of any land or water who conveys to the state fishing, hunting, trapping or shooting rights by gift, lease or agreement, or the wife or husband of such owner, or his lineal descendants, may sport fish, hunt or trap on such land or water during the prescribed open seasons without a license. The owner of any such land or waters shall not be liable for any injury to any person who may be thereon for the purpose of hunting, fishing or trapping. Any person who violates any regulation adopted pursuant to this section shall have committed an infraction and may pay the fine by mail or plead not guilty under the provisions of section 51-164n. (78)

Sec. 26-17. Release of fishing or hunting rights. (79)(Text)

The commissioner, by agreement with the land owner, may cancel any short-term lease of fishing or hunting rights in the event of the sale or transfer of property involved upon the refund to the state of the proportionate amount of the rental for the unexpired portion of the term of the lease. (80)

Sec. 26-17a. Acquisition and preservation of tidal wetlands. (81)(Text)

(a) For the purposes of this section, "tidal wetlands" means any land contiguous with, adjacent to or adjoining waters which are subject to tidal action at any time. The Department of Environmental Protection shall establish a program for the protection, preservation, acquisition and improvement of the tidal wetlands of the state. (82)

(b) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may, by purchase, exchange, condemnation, gift, devise, lease or otherwise, acquire tidal wetlands or any easements, interests or rights therein, or enter into covenants and agreements with owners of such tidal wetlands to maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of or otherwise conserve such tidal wetlands. The commissioner may also enter into leases with an option to buy tidal wetlands, provided the term of any such lease shall not exceed ten years. (83)

(c) The commissioner is authorized to take land or any interests therein by right of eminent domain in the manner provided in section 48-12 for the purposes for which he is authorized to acquire land under the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. All of the owners of different tracts of land which are included in the same tidal wetlands area may be joined in the same action. (84)

(d) When the municipal property tax on any tidal wetlands is unpaid for a period of six years, the tax collector of the municipality in which such tidal wetlands are located shall notify the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Said commissioner may direct the municipality to take title to such tidal wetlands by foreclosure of its tax liens and, upon payment to the municipality of a sum equal to the amount of the tax liens foreclosed and the expenses incurred by it in the foreclosure action, the municipality shall convey title of said wetlands to the state. (85)

Sec. 26-18. Fish or game for propagation. (86)(Text)

Any person who, in making application to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection for any fish, fish fry, fingerling fish, game or game bird or any egg of any game bird, makes any false statement concerning the use to be made thereof, with intent to deceive the commissioner, or who makes any use thereof other than that specified in such application, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both. (87)

Sec. 26-19. Motor boats in Bantam River. (88)(Text)

No person shall operate a boat propelled by an internal combustion engine upon the waters of that part of Bantam River in the town of Litchfield between the demarcation lines established under the provisions of section 26-110 at the mouth or outlet of said river where it enters Bantam Lake and the outlet or inlet at Little Pond. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars. Any conservation officer shall have the power to enforce the provisions of this section. (89)

Sec. 26-20. Signs on rights-of-way to state ponds or streams. (90)(Text)

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