oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The influence of English poaching laws on South African poaching laws
By the year 1697, when William III ordered a census of deer, the animals were confined across England to parks and royal forests and forest laws were no longer a serious point of contention. As the deer disappeared across England, so the emphasis in both poaching and game preservation came to bear on smaller animals. And in 1671 a new era had begun when Parliament passed the Game Act. This Act regulated the hunting of game birds and hares and entrenched earlier class-reservation ideas by creating classes of formally qualified persons who were permitted to kill game. Nobody, if not qualified, was permitted to kill game - even on his own land.
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