August 2, 2017
Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, has approved the opening of the 2017 Game Bird Shooting Season in keeping with the recommendations of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA). The 2017 Season will open on Saturday, August 19, 2017 and close on Sunday, September 24, 2017.
All prospective hunters are being advised to obtain a Hunter’s Licence for the sum of twenty thousand ($20,000.00) dollars from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) or one of the authorized vendors. The commencement of this process will be announced at a later date.
All persons wishing to purchase a Hunter’s Licence must have a Tax Registration Number (TRN). Hunters who have not returned the Hunter’s Bird Shooting Report Forms from last year will be required to do so with the late processing fee of Five thousand ($5,000.00) before they will be issued new Licences for this season.
The Game Bird Shooting Season is regulated under the Wild Life Protection Act of 1945. Anyone caught in breach of the Act, that is, hunting without a Hunter’s Licence; hunting in game reserves; hunting outside of designated shooting periods; or hunting birds which are not designated game birds, as well as, exceeding the bag limit, can be fined up to one hundred thousand ($100,000) dollars, or imprisoned for one year.
For information on the 2017 Game Bird Shooting Season or to report any illegal shooting, please contact NEPA at 754-7540-7, toll free 1-888-991-5005.