Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 43. Game and Fish Laws.


§ 22–4301. Prohibition and control of net fishing in Potomac River [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.01


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a), (e).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1601 to 22-1606.


§ 22–4302. Catching and killing bass [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.02


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a), (e).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1601 to 22-1606.


§ 22–4303. “Person” defined; sale of bass prohibited [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.03


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a), (e); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1601 to 22-1606.


§ 22–4304. Sale and possession of shad or herring [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.04


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a), (e); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1601 to 22-1606.


§ 22–4305. Sale of small striped bass [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.05


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a), (e); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1601 to 22-1606.


§ 22–4306. Use of explosives and drugs in fishing prohibited [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.06


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a), (e); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1601 to 22-1606.


§ 22–4307. Penalties. [Transferred]

Recodified at § 8-2221.07


(May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Editor's Notes

For present law, see § 22-4404.


§ 22–4308. Confiscation of fishing equipment used in violation of the law [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.08


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4309. Sale and possession of woodcocks [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.09


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4310. Sale and possession of squirrels, rabbits [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.10


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4311. Sale and possession of wild ducks, wild geese, brant, snipe or plover [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.11


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4312. Sale and possession of water-rail or ortolan, reed bird and certain game birds [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.12


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4313. Sale and possession of deer meat [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.13


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4314. Catching, exposing for sale, or possession of wild birds [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.14


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4315. Trapping, netting or ensnaring waterfowl [Repealed]

Recodified at § 8-2221.15


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d); May 19, 2017, D.C. Law 21-282, 64 DCR 2055.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4316. Inspection of premises to detect violation of game laws [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4317. Trespassing for purposes of hunting [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4318. Shooting or having guns in possession on a Sunday [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4319. Killing or capturing game beyond District jurisdiction [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4320. Compensation for persons securing convictions under game laws [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4321. Killing game birds and permits therefor [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4322. Hunting squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits without a permit [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4323. Killing of English sparrow or wild animal suffering from disease or injury [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4324. Hunting or disbursing of ducks, geese, and waterfowl [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4325. Sale, possession, or purchase of certain types of birds prohibited [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4326. License for certain scientific purposes [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4327. Sale of birds raised in captivity or for propagation [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 8(a)-(d).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 22-1608 to 22-1627.


§ 22–4328. Council’s authority with respect to wild animals, fishing licenses, and migratory birds; exception; “wild animals” defined.

Recodified at § 8-2221.28.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 814, Pub. L. 85-730, § 1; Sept. 24, 2010, D.C. Law 18-223, § 6082, 57 DCR 6242.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 22-1628.

1973 Ed., § 22-1628.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-223 substituted “provided, that the District assents to the provisions of the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act, approved August 9, 1950 (64 Stat. 430; 16 U.S.C. §§ 777- 777n), the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, approved September 2, 1937 (50 Stat. 917; 16 U.S.C. §§ 669- 669k), and 18 U.S.C. § 701, including a prohibition against the diversion of fishing license fees paid by sport fishermen for any purpose other than the administration of the District’s fish and wildlife agency” for “provided, that nothing herein contained shall authorize the Council to impose any requirement for a fishing license or fee of any nature whatsoever”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 6082 of Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-463, July 2, 2010, 57 DCR 6542).

Short Title

Short title: Section 6081 of D.C. Law 18-223 provided that subtitle I of title VI of the act may be cited as the “Assent to the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act Amendment Act of 2010”.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(204) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.

Construction of Law

Section 601 of D.C. Law 21-282 provides that nothing in this act shall be construed to affect an action or proceeding commenced before May 19, 2017.


§ 22–4329. Inspection of business or vocational establishments requiring a license or permit or any vehicle, boat, market box, market stall or cold storage plant, during business hours.

Recodified at § 8-2221.29.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 814, Pub. L. 85-730, § 2.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 22-1629.

1973 Ed., § 22-1629.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(204) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 22–4330. Seizure of hunting and fishing equipment; sale at public auction and disposal of proceeds; disposal of property not sold at auction; payment of valid liens after sale.

Recodified at § 8-2221.30.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 814, Pub. L. 85-730, § 3; June 12, 1999, D.C. Law 12-284, § 5, 46 DCR 1328.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 22-1630.

1973 Ed., § 22-1630.

Cross References

Return of property by property clerk, see § 5-119.16.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary provision, on an emergency basis, making available for a reasonable fee the name, address, date of birth, occupation, and photograph of persons convicted of violation of §§ 22-2701 or 22-2703 1981 Ed., see § 2 of the Safe Streets Anti-Prostitution Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-252, April 15, 1996, 43 DCR 2139).

For temporary amendment of section, see § 3(a) of the Safe Streets Anti-Prostitution Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-252, April 15, 1996, 43 DCR 2139).

For temporary amendment of section, see § 5 of the Metropolitan Police Department Civilianization and Street Solicitation for Prostitution Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-428, August 6, 1998, 45 DCR 5884), § 5 of the Metropolitan Police Department Civilianization Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-506, November 10, 1998, 45 DCR 8139), and § 5 of the Metropolitan Police Department Civilianization Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-13, February 8, 1999, 46 DCR 2333).

Temporary Legislation

Section 5 of D.C. Law 12-282 inserted “or any designated civilian employee of the Metropolitan Police Department” in the first sentence of (a).

Section 13(b) of D.C. Law 12-282 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(205) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 22–4331. Penalties; prosecutions.

Recodified at § 8-2221.31.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 4; May 21, 1994, D.C. Law 10-119, § 11(a), 41 DCR 1639; June 11, 2013, D.C. Law 19-317, § 238, 60 DCR 2064.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 22-1631.

1973 Ed., § 22-1631.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-317 substituted “not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01” for “not more than $300” in (a).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 238 of the Criminal Fine Proportionality Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-45, April 1, 2013, 60 DCR 5400, 20 DCSTAT 1300).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-317: Section 401 of D.C. Law 19-317 provided that the act shall apply only to offenses committed on or after June 11, 2013.


§ 22–4332. Delegation of functions by Secretary of the Interior and Mayor; Council to make regulations; “Mayor” and “Secretary of the Interior” defined.

Recodified at § 8-2221.32.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 5; May 21, 1994, D.C. Law 10-119, § 11(b), 41 DCR 1639.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 22-1632.

1973 Ed., § 22-1632.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(204) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-211), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-213(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 22–4333. Existing authority of Secretary of the Interior not impaired.

Recodified at § 8-2221.33.


(Aug. 23, 1958, 72 Stat. 815, Pub. L. 85-730, § 6; May 21, 1994, D.C. Law 10-119, § 11(c), 41 DCR 1639.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 22-1633.

1973 Ed., § 22-1633.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 402(204) of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.