ST ANDREW, Jamaica — The 2017 Game Bird Shooting Season will start this Saturday and close September 24, according to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).

NEPA said, during the season, hunting sessions are from sunrise to 9:00 am and 2:30 pm to sunset on Saturdays and from sunrise to 9:00 am on Sundays.

The planning agency, in a newspaper advertisement today, advised that only the following birds may be hunted: Zenaida Dove/Pea Dove, White-winged Dove, White-crowned Pigeon/Bald-pate and Mourning Dove/Long-tailed Pea Dove.

NEPA said the bag limit for each shooting session is 20 birds, of which no more that 15 should be White-crowned Pigeon/Bald-pate.  It also said the feathered heads of all Game birds must be retained for inspection.

Bird shooters are being reminded that shooting within Game Reserves/Sanctuaries, Forest Reserves and 50-metre distance away from Game Reserves/Sanctuaries is prohibited.

A copy of the Hunter’s Handbook for Game Birds in Jamaica is available on NEPA’s website.

Meanwhile, NEPA said Hunter’s Licence may be obtained from NEPA and authorised vendors at a fee of $20,000. It also said all hunters should have a valid firearm’s licence or user’s permit and Hunter’s Licence on person.

NEPA warns that each breach under the Wild Life Protection Act will attract a fine up to $100,000 and/or up to twelve months in prison.


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