TITLE XVIII

FISH AND GAME
CHAPTER 215
REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF GUIDES

Section 215:1
    215:1 When Required. – No person shall engage in the business of guiding, until he has registered with the executive director and procured from him a license so to do.
Source. 1935, 124:8. RL 248:1.
Section 215:2
    215:2 Application for License; Issue. – Application for a license shall be made to the executive director, or to some person designated by him. The executive director shall prescribe rules and regulations under which such licenses shall be issued.
Source. 1935, 124:8. RL 248:2.
Section 215:2-a
    215:2-a Information; Register of Licensed Guides. – The executive director shall furnish a copy of the rules and regulations under which such licenses are issued, with the necessary application form to applicants for license under this chapter. The executive director shall maintain a register of all persons licensed as guides in this state.
Source. 1961, 190:1, eff. Aug. 21, 1961.
Section 215:3
    215:3 Cancellation of License. – Any licensed guide who violates any provision of this title, or who violates any rule or regulation promulgated by the executive director, or who makes any false statement in his application for a license, or who otherwise, in the judgment of the executive director, is deemed unsuitable to act as a guide, shall immediately forfeit and surrender his license.
Source. 1935, 124:8. RL 248:3.
Section 215:4
    215:4 Fee for License. –
    I. Except as provided in RSA 215:5, II, every resident applicant for a license as a guide to hunt shall pay to the executive director therefor the sum of $59.50.
    II. Except as provided in RSA 215:5, II, every resident applicant for a license as a guide to fish shall pay to the executive director therefor the sum of $59.50.
    III. Every nonresident applicant for a license as a guide to hunt shall pay to the executive director therefor the sum of $200.50.
    IV. Every nonresident applicant for a license as a guide to fish shall pay to the executive director therefor the sum of $200.50.
Source. 1935, 124:8. RL 248:4. 1951, 181:6. RSA 215:4. 1961, 190:2. 1975, 168:1. 1983, 251:2. 1986, 214:15, eff. Nov. 15, 1986.
Section 215:5
    215:5 Qualifications of Licensee. –
    I. A person licensed as a guide shall be at least 18 years of age. He shall furnish such recommendations as the executive director shall require. He shall be skilled in the use, management and handling of such boats or canoes as are customarily used in fishing and hunting, and shall be a safe and competent person under all circumstances to be a guide for hunting or fishing parties.
    II. Every resident 65 years of age or older who has been a licensed guide in this state for 5 or more years may obtain a license as a guide to fish or to hunt not by payment of the fees prescribed in RSA 215:4, I and II, but rather by payment of only the cost of issuing said license as determined by the executive director.
[Paragraph III effective January 1, 2012.]

    III. Individuals who are licensed operators of for-hire vessels pursuant to RSA 214:9, XVI(b) for recreational fishing in coastal and estuarine waters shall possess a United States Coast Guard issued Master License or an Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels License, and shall have current basic first aid and CPR certification from a course requiring a practical examination or have a crew member on board the licensed for-hire vessel who possesses the required certification. Such individuals licensed pursuant to RSA 214:9, XVI(b) shall be exempt from all other provisions of this chapter when operating such for-hire vessels in coastal and estuarine waters. Any individual exempted under this paragraph shall present the vessel license and first aid certification upon demand of any person.
Source. 1935, 124:8. 1937, 188:27. RL 248:5. RSA 215:5. 1983, 251:3, eff. Aug. 17, 1983. 2011, 55:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2012.
Section 215:6
    215:6 Expiration of License. – Every license issued shall expire with the calendar year.
Source. 1935, 124:8. RL 248:6.
Section 215:7
    215:7 Badges. – Every licensed guide, while engaged in the business of guiding, shall wear in a conspicuous place on his clothing a badge to be furnished by the executive director upon the issuance of the license.
Source. 1935, 124:8. RL 248:7.
Section 215:8
    215:8 Reports. – [Repealed 1981, 148:6, IX, eff. July 1, 1981.]
Section 215:9
    215:9 Penalty. – Whoever violates any provision of RSA 215 or any rule or regulation of the executive director made thereunder, shall be guilty of a violation, and, if a licensed guide, shall forfeit his license in the discretion of the executive director.
Source. 1935, 124:8. RL 248:9. RSA 215:9. 1973, 531:64, eff. Oct. 31, 1973 at 11:59 p.m.


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