(a) No person shall at any time collect any protected wild invertebrate or vertebrate species, or their eggs, in this state for propagation or scientific purposes except under the direction, supervision and regulation of the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources, who, on the payment of the applicable fee, may issue propagation or scientific permits annually to properly accredited persons or institutions, as follows:
(1) A general permit for individuals.......$50.
(2) An educational permit for professors or teachers, which shall also allow their current students to operate thereunder......$10.
(3) A master collecting permit involving more than one individual acting in the name of a firm, corporation, or agency.......$100.
(b) Any person, firm, association, or corporation being or having in possession at any time a protected wild invertebrate or vertebrate species, or their eggs, without a permit as required in this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction therefor, shall be punished by a fine of three times the amount of the applicable permit.
(c) The permit requirements under this section shall not apply to the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo.