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AUTUMN HUNTING SEASON

Reference Number: PR151898, Press Release Issue Date: Aug 31, 2015
 
PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND ANIMAL RIGHT

Autumn hunting season 

In accordance with the Conservation of Wild Birds Regulations (S.L. 504.71) the hunting of birds on land shall be permitted between the 1st September and the 31st January, between two hours before sunrise and two hours after sunset on any day between Monday and Saturday, and between two hours before sunrise and 1pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. However the hunting of birds on land between the 15th September and the 7th October (inclusive of both dates) shall not be permitted from Monday to Saturday between 7 pm and two hours before sunrise of the following day. 

The hunting of birds at sea shall be permitted between the 1st October and the 31st January during the same times as those applicable to hunting on land, provided that between the 1st October and 7th October, inclusive of both dates, hunting at sea shall not be permitted from Monday to Saturday between 7 pm and two hours before sunrise of the following day.

Compliance with applicable regulations will be rigorously enforced through field surveillance, spot checks and inspections. 

Anyone caught shooting or trapping protected species listed in Schedules I and IX of the Conservation of Wild Birds Regulations will automatically incur a penalty comprising of a €5,000 fine, and / or imprisonment for one year, as well as permanent revocation or ban on obtaining a hunting or trapping licence, and confiscation of corpus delicti. In case of a second or subsequent offence, the applicable penalty will go up to €10,000, confiscation, and / or imprisonment for two years. Penalties for all other irregularities, including for non-declaration of bagged birds in the Carnet de Chasse also apply.