Here's an interesting clipping from the Altoona Tribune 13 January 1859 regarding the enactment of certain laws to protect wildlife.
IMPORTANT TO SPORTSMEN. - According to a law passed at the late session of the Legislature, for the preservation of game, the season for trapping, shooting or destroying in any way, pheasants, partridges, woodcocks or rabbits, closed on the first inst. The following sections refer to the subject: -
SECTION 2. That from and after the passage of this act, no person shall shoot, kill or otherwise destroy any pheasant between the first day of January and the first day of September, or any woodcock between the first day of January and the fourth of July, or any partridge or rabbit between the first day of January and the first day of October, in the present year, and in each and every year thereafter, under the penalty of five dollars for each and every offense.
SECTION 8. That no person shall buy, or cause to be bought, or carry out of this State, for the purpose of supplying any private or public house or market, any pheasant, partridge, woodcock or rabbit, unless the same shall have been shot or taken in the proper season, as provided for in this act, under a penalty of five dollars for each and every offense.
Thus it will be seen that a fine of five dollars can be collected for every violation of the law. The same law further provides that the possession of any of the game and birds mention, shot or otherwise destroyed out of season, shall be prima facia evidence to convict.
We hope we may not be called upon to record any violation of this law, which is certainly a commendable one, and we hope that no person who violates it may be permitted to go unpunished.