Game hunting season opens

06 May 2016 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 06 MAY (NAMPA) – The hunting season of game started on 01 May and will last until 31 August 2016, while the hunting season for bird species commences on 01 June and ends 31 July 2016.
Game species include Kudu and/or Oryx and/or Red Hartebeest and small game species such as Springbok and/or warthog.
Bird species include Guinea Fowl; Namaqua Sandgrouse; Kurrichane Buttongquail; Harlequin Quail; White faced Duck; Egyptian Goose; Cape Teal; Hottentot Teal; Red-billed Teal; Turtle Dove; and Rock Pigeon.
The hunting season enables members of the public to hunt certain species of game on invitation of a farm owner, lessee of a farm or a registered conservancy.
“Hunting periods have been determined according to non-breeding times. No person shall hunt more than one Kudu during the hunting season,” said Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta in a media statement issued last week.
A fee of N.dollars 100 shall apply for each hunting permit and is available at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) offices in various parts of the country.
This permits a total of three large game species or a total of two large game and four small game species; or one large game and four small game species; or a total of 12 small game species.
Shifeta issued a stern warning to hunters to hunt more than one or other combinations as specified above noting that, “such limitations do not apply in cases where permission is granted for the hunting of game species on a farm which is enclosed with a registered game fence”.
About fences, Shifeta said a game proof fence is a fence prescribed and certified by MET for types of game that normally jump over or crawl under fence barriers. The obligatory jackal proof fence is prescribed by the ministry.
The hunting permits cannot be used to take horns (trophies) out of Namibia. Export permits for this purpose are only issued in Windhoek and Keetmanshoop.
Shifeta explained that the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) will also not allow the import of any automatic firearm or any handgun by visiting hunters, and such firearms may not be used for hunting.
The import of hunting rifles for large game and shotguns for hunting game birds will only be allowed on the presentation of a letter of invitation from the farm owner, lessee or conservancy committee where the hunt will take place.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) also does not allow game meat to be transported from north of the veterinary cordon fence.
“Prior permission from the Directorate of Veterinary Services is required to transport warthog or parts of warthog from the land where it was obtained; and for any game meat or product of game meat or game birds or products of game birds to be exported from Namibia,” Shifeta added.