Ministry announces hunting season

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism has announced the annual hunting season for huntable game and huntable game birds, as from 1 May to 31 July.

This is as prescribed by the Nature Conservation Ordinance of 1975.

Huntable game includes kudu, gemsbok (oryx), springbok, warthog and bush pig.

Huntable game birds include Burchell’s and Namaqua sandgrouse, red-billed, crested and Orange River francolins, crested guinea fowl, Egyptian goose and Cape and red-billed teal.

According to a ministry announcement in the latest issue of the Namibia Agricultural Union newsletter, a hunting permit may be applied for a farm not less than 1 000 hectares in size.

The ministry set 1 May to 31 August as the applicable hunting season for a farm enclosed by a game-proof fence; and 1 June to 31 July for a farm with a regular/adequate fence.

“As legislated, a limited number of game may be hunted during the hunting season: A total of three large game or, a total of two large game and four small game or, a total of one large game and eight small game or, a total of twelve small game,” said the newsletter.

Large game indicates kudu and oryx, whereas small game refers to springbok and warthog.
Only one kudu may be hunted during the hunting season.

No permit is needed throughout the year provided that hunting of huntable game is done by the owner or lessee on a farm which is enclosed with a game-proof fence, or an adequate fence, or on a piece of land which is not less than 1 000 hectares in extent and enclosed with a game-proof fence.

If the owner of a farm wants to sell venison, he must have a shoot-and-sell permit. A completed copy of this must accompany the meat during transportation, the ministry said.

Specially protected game such as elephant, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, hippo, impala, black-faced impala and Burchell’s zebra, and protected game such as lion, blue wildebeest, eland, cheetah, red lechwe, roan, sable, sitatunga, steenbok, tsessebe and waterbuck, may be hunted only with a special permit issued by the ministry.
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