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Buying or selling game unlawful—Game-farmed meat exception.
(1) It is unlawful to offer for sale, sell, purchase, or barter edible parts of wild animals or game birds. It is unlawful to offer for sale, sell, purchase, or barter edible parts of game fish, except pursuant to RCW 77.65.480
(2) It is unlawful to offer for sale, sell, purchase, or barter the nonedible parts of wild animals, game birds, or game fish if:
(a) The possession, sale, selling, purchase, or barter is prohibited by federal regulations;
(b) The wild animals, game birds, or game fish were taken in violation of any law or regulation in any jurisdiction, and the seller, purchaser, or person bartering knew the animal, bird, or fish was illegally taken; or
(c) The nonedible parts are of bighorn sheep or mountain goat; bear gall bladders; claws or teeth of bear that are not permanently attached to a full bear skin or mounted bear; or velvet antlers of deer, elk, or moose; and a permit has not been granted by the department allowing for the sale, purchase, or barter of any of the animal parts listed in this subsection (2)(c).
(3) For purposes of subsection (2)(c) of this section, all of those parts are considered "nonedible" even if they are used for human consumption.
(4) Under RCW 77.15.194
, it is unlawful to knowingly buy, sell, or otherwise exchange, or to offer to buy, sell, or otherwise exchange, the raw fur or carcass of a wild animal trapped in Washington with a body-gripping trap, whether or not the animal is trapped pursuant to a permit.
(5) It is unlawful to offer for sale, sell, purchase, or barter game-farm raised deer and elk, unless the following conditions have been met:
(a) Proof of the source of the game-farmed meat is maintained with the meat until the meat is consumed or exported. Qualifying proof includes sales or purchase invoices or receipts containing the following information in the English language:
(i) Name of seller or importer;
(ii) Name of the company selling the meat;
(iii) The date of sale;
(iv) The quantity of meat sold; and
(v) The species of the meat sold.
(b) The meat is imported from a U.S. licensed game farm, or a game farm in another country.
(c) The meat is boned, and only the meat is imported.
(d) The meat is packaged for retail sale prior to importation into this state.
(6) A violation of subsection (4) of this section is punishable under RCW 77.15.194
. The remaining subsections in this section are punishable under RCW 77.15.260
(7) If you request a written permit to offer for sale, sell, purchase, or barter the nonedible parts of wild animals listed in subsection (2)(c) of this section, and your request is denied, you have a right to a hearing under the provisions of chapter 34.05
RCW. In order to obtain a hearing, you must notify the department, in writing, within forty-five days of the date of the letter denying your permit. The address to send hearing requests to is:
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Legal Affairs - Office of the Director
Post Office Box 43137
Olympia, Washington 98504-3137
If you do not request a hearing to contest denial of the permit, the permit denial will become effective forty-five days following the denial.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020
. WSR 11-07-065 (Order 11-38), § 232-12-071, filed 3/21/11, effective 4/21/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047
. WSR 06-17-102 (Order 06-209), § 232-12-071, filed 8/16/06, effective 9/16/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040
. WSR 01-10-048 (Order 01-69), § 232-12-071, filed 4/26/01, effective 5/27/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040
. WSR 82-04-034 (Order 177), § 232-12-071, filed 1/28/82; WSR 81-12-029 (Order 165), § 232-12-071, filed 6/1/81. Formerly WAC 232-12-171.]