27 Mar 2019 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAR (NAMPA) - Namibias hunting season will officially start on 01 May and end 31 August this year, the Minister of Environment and Tourism announced on Wednesday.
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.
A media statement issued by the ministry on Wednesday explained hunting should only take place on commercial farms of not less than 1 000 hectares, enclosed with registered game-proof fencing and on registered conservancy.
However, game on commercial farms of less than 1 000 hectares with normal livestock fencing can be hunted from 01 June until 31 July 2019, it said.
A hunter, the statement added, is limited to a total of three large game animals or two large animals and four small game animals. Alternatively, they can hunt one large game animal and eight small game animals, or 12 small game animals.
Large game species include kudu, oryx and red hartebeest, while small game species consist of springbok and warthog.
It further noted that no person shall hunt more than one kudu during the hunting season or more than one other combination of numbers of huntable game, per hunting season. Such limitations do not apply in case where permission is granted for the hunting of game animals or on a farm enclosed with a registered game proof fence.
The ministry does not allow game meat to be transported from north of the veterinary cordon fence.
On huntable game birds species, birds may be hunted by virtue of a written permission of the owner of lessee of a farm, or piece of land, the size in extent of not less than 1000 hectares, enclosed by with at least an adequate fence, and within the boundaries of registered conservancies with the written permission of the conservancy committee, it read.
The statement further warned that the Namibian Police Force will not allow the import of automatic firearm or any handgun by visiting hunters and such firearms may not be used for hunting.