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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Wildlife Resources
Chapter 40. Game: In General

4VAC15-40-275. Sale of furbearer, coyote, and nutria pelts, carcasses, and parts.

It shall be unlawful to buy, sell, barter, traffic or trade in, bargain for, or solicit for purchase raw pelts and unskinned carcasses of fur-bearing animals defined in § 29.1-100 of the Code of Virginia, coyotes, and nutria without having first obtained a fur dealer permit in accordance with §§ 29.1-400 through 29.1-407 of the Code of Virginia, except that a permit shall not be required of:

1. Any hunter or trapper, or any person lawfully engaged in the business of fur farming, to sell or dispose of legally taken or possessed raw pelts and unskinned carcasses of fur-bearing animals, coyotes, and nutria at any time.

2. Any person to purchase legally taken or possessed raw pelts or unskinned carcasses of fur-bearing animals, coyotes, and nutria at any time if the pelts are to be tanned or used in taxidermy mounts for personal use and not for resale, trade, or other commercial purposes.

3. Any person to buy or sell at any time pelts that are not defined as being raw, skinned carcasses, taxidermy mounts, or any other parts of legally taken and possessed fur-bearing animals, coyotes, and nutria. Such parts shall include skulls, teeth, claws, bones, glands, and secretions. For the purposes of this section, "raw pelt" means any pelt with its hair or fur intact that has not been tanned, cured, chemically preserved, or converted to any usable form beyond initial cleaning, stretching, and drying. Salt-cured and sun-cured pelts shall be considered raw pelts.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-103 and 29.1-501 of the Code of Virginia

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2011; amended, Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 24 eff. August 1, 2017; Volume 35, Issue 23, eff. August 1, 2019.

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