Game bird hunting season opens August 20
Zenaida Dove/Pea Dove

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The 2022 game bird hunting season is declared to open on Saturday, August 20, 2022, the National Environment and Planning Agency ( NEPA) has announced.

The season closes on Sunday, September 25, 2022.

The season is declared under the Wildlife Protection (Game Birds) (Declaration of Shooting Season) Order, 2022. The season’s 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.

Only the Zenaida Dove/Pea Dove, White-winged Dove, White-crowned Pigeon/Baldpate, Mourning Dove/Long-tailed Pea Dove, are to be hunted during the season.

The overall bag limit per hunting session is 20 birds. No more than 15 shall be White-crowned pigeons.

Hunting within game reserves/sanctuaries, forest reserves, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, and within 50 metres of the respective boundaries is prohibited.

"Anyone who wishes to take part in the 2022 Game Bird Hunting Season must obtain a hunters’ licence. A hunters' licence may be obtained from NEPA’s head office at 10 Caledonia Avenue, Kingston 5, its office in Port Antonio or any of the authorized vendors strategically located across Jamaica," the Agency said in a statement, on Monday.

A licence costs $25,000.

All applicants must possess a valid firearm licence/user's permit for a shotgun and a Tax Registration Number to be eligible for purchasing a licence, the Agency advised.

"Hunters who failed to submit hunting reports over the past five years or who failed to pay the subsequent late processing fee of $5,000 will be required to pay the late processing fee before a Hunter’s Licence for the 2022 Hunting Season is granted," NEPA added.

For more information on the 2022 Game Bird Hunting Season, please contact the National Environment and Planning Agency during weekdays at 876-754-7540 ext. 3602 or toll free at 888-991-5005.

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