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close season

the period of the year when it is prohibited to kill certain game or fish
(sport) the period of the year when there is no domestic competition
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  • You will have no difficulty in finding it in any warm, close season, but especially in spring and autumn.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
  • There is no "close season" in golf, as in cricket, football, and other sports.

  • During the close season all hunting gear should be taken down and put away.

    The Sportsman Xenophon
  • In only a few localities is there any close season to protect him.

  • Provision is made against the sale or destruction of the eggs of game-birds and the sale of dead game in the close season.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • It is the close season for game, beside which there is little to be had in that section.

    The Boy Patrol on Guard Edward S. Ellis
  • Possibly the situation in those states calls for a five-year close season.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • They have taken to holding them outside now, with Chinese lanterns, so that there is no close season at all.

  • All our shore birds should be accorded a ten-year close season.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • "close season" shall mean the period of the year during which placer mining is generally suspended.

    Golden Alaska Ernest Ingersoll

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