Government announces dates for spring hunting season

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Government announces dates for spring hunting season

The Government has announced in a statement that following Ornis Committee recommendations, and upon considering all applicable legal and conservation parameters, the 2017 spring hunting season will be open for quail only, between Saturday 25th March and Friday 14th April, inclusive of both dates, between two hours before sunrise and noon.

Only those persons who are issued with a Special Spring Hunting Licence for 2017 will be permitted to hunt quail during this season, the Government said.

Eligible hunters may apply for a Special Licence at any MaltaPost branch in Gozo and Malta during normal branch opening hours, between Monday 27th February and Saturday 11th March, both dates included.

Applications submitted after this period will not be accepted. In order to obtain this Special License, hunters must have, at the time of application:

(a) A valid general licence to hunt birds on land;

(b) Paid-up membership in a recognised hunting organisation for 2017;

(c) Valid third party liability insurance cover for 2017;

(d) Valid permit to carry a firearm for hunting of birds on land issued by the Police.

Persons applying on behalf of a licensed hunter will be requested to present their ID card. Following the application procedure, Special Licences will be mailed to eligible applicants by post.

“This non-transferable Special Licence only permits the hunting of quail, and no other species. The national hunting bag limit for this season has been established at 5,000 quail. Hunters are not to exceed the daily bag limit of 5 quails and the seasonal bag limit of 10 quails per hunter,” the Government said.

“They will be required to report their catch by calling the telephone number specified in the Special Licence and follow instructions given through voice prompts.”

In case of any queries, kindly contact the Wild Birds Regulation Unit on tel: 22926401/02/03; email: wildbirds@gov.mt; or at the office at 122, Quarry street, Sta Venera.

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