Spring hunting to open on 14th April, dependent on referendum result
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Upon recommendation by the Malta Ornis Committee, and following consideration of the applicable legal and conservation parameters, the Government has announced that the spring hunting season for Turtle Dove and Quail opens on Tuesday, the 14th pf April and closes on Thursday, the 30th of April.
However, it said, the opening of the season is subject to the outcome of the abrogative referendum which will be held on Saturday, the 11th of April 2015.
Eligible licensed hunters holding a valid hunting Carnet de Chasse for 2015/2016 wishing to obtain a Special Spring Hunting License may apply at any Maltapost branch in Malta and Gozo during branch opening hours, between Monday, the 23rd of March and Saturday, the 28th of March, both dates included.
Applicants are required to present their Identity Card and a valid hunting Carnet de Chasse (February 2015 to January 2016) booklet, duly stamped by the Police and a hunting organisation, with their application.
They will be required to register a mobile phone number to be used for catch reporting purposes. Persons applying on behalf of a licensed hunter will be requested to present their ID card.
This non-transferable Special License, which is conditional on the outcome of the referendum, only permits the hunting of Turtle Dove and Quail, and no other species.
The Government said that the national hunting bag limit for this season has been established at 11,000 Turtle Doves and 5,000 Quail. Hunters are not to exceed the daily bag limit of 2 birds and a seasonal bag limit of 4 birds per hunter.
“They will be required to report their catch by calling the telephone number specified in the Special License and follow instructions given through voice prompts.”
Hunters are also legally required to declare every time they go out hunting or upon making a catch on Carnet de Chasse before leaving the hunting area, the Government said.
Hunting will only be permitted during the dates of the season from two hours before sunrise until 2pm between Monday and Friday and on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from two hours before sunrise until noon.
The Government stated that “compliance with the relevant provisions of national legislation will be closely monitored and supervised. Infringements will not be tolerated and convicted offenders will face the increased penalties stipulated in law.”