Bird-shooting season begins Saturday

August 14, 2019
Bald pate
Bald pate

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has announced that the dates for bird-shooting season are Saturday, August 17, to Sunday, September 22.

Under the Wild Life Protection (Game Birds) (Declaration of Shooting Season) Order, 2019, the season's hunting sessions are from sunrise to 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to sunset on Saturdays, and from sunrise to 9 a.m. on Sundays.

Only certain bird species are to be hunted. They are: Zenaida dove/pea dove, white-winged dove, white - crowned pigeon, baldpate and mourning dove/long-tailed pea dove.

The overall bag limit per shooting session is 20 birds, with the exception of the white-crowned pigeon, which is 15.

Shooting within game reserves/sanctuaries and forest reserves, and within a 50-metre distance from the boundaries of game reserves/sanctuaries is prohibited.

NEPA, with the support of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and game wardens, will carry out monitoring operations during the season to enforce the compliance of hunters.

Hunters' licences may be obtained from NEPA's head office at 10 Caledonia Avenue, Kingston 5, or any of its authorised vendors.

The licence fee is $20,000 and NEPA advised that all applicants must have a valid firearm licence/user's permit and Tax Registration Number.

For more information on the 2019 game bird-shooting season, please contact the National Environment and Planning Agency during weekdays at 876-754-7540 ext 2403/2404 or toll free at 888-991-5005.

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