Autumn hunting season opens this Saturday – Government
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Dates for the autumn hunting season have been announced, with the the season opening on Saturday until the 31st of January 2019.
Parliamentary Secretary for Animal Rights Clint Camilleri, in a statement, said that no irresponsible action will ever find support, with enforcement carried out through the WBRU and Police.
He added that he hoped that hunters will will support the sustainability of their hobby and follow and respect the laws to their entirety.
The statement went on that, as in previous years, the hunting of birds on land is permitted 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.
It said that the hunting of birds on land between the 15th September and the 7th October (inclusive of both dates) is not permitted from Monday to Saturday between 7 pm and two hours before sunrise of the following day.
The same time restrictions also apply to the hunting of wild rabbit, which is permitted until the 31st December.
Hunting birds at sea is permitted between the 1st October and the 31st January 2019 during the same times as those applicable to hunting on land,.
However, between the 1st October and 7th of October, inclusive of both dates, hunting at sea is not permitted from Monday to Saturday between 7 pm and two hours before sunrise of the following day, the Secretariat said.
It pointed out that hunters can only hunt the species for which they are licensed according to their license category. A full list of of species is shown here.
Turtle Dove hunting is only permitted between 1st and 30th September, subject to maximum national quota of 7,000 birds. Targeting of the Turtle Dove outside of this period is not permitted, the Secretariat stated.