Game Bird Hunting Season Opens on Saturday 21 August 2021
Published Date: August 16, 2021
Attention: All News Editors KINGSTON, Jamaica
16 August 2021:
GAME BIRD HUNTING SEASON OPENS SATURDAY 21 AUGUST 2021
The 2021 Game Bird Hunting Season is declared to open on Saturday 21 August 2021 and close on Sunday 26 September 2021.
Under the Wild Life Protection (Game Birds) (Declaration of Shooting Season) Order, 2021, the season’s hunting sessions are from sunrise to 9 am and 2.30 pm to sunset on Saturdays, and from sunrise to 9 am on Sundays.
Only the following game birds are to be hunted during the season:
- Zenaida Dove/Pea Dove
- White-winged Dove
- White-crowned Pigeon/Baldpate
- Mourning Dove/ Long-tailed Pea Dove
The overall bag limit per hunting session is 20 birds, with no more than 15 being White-crowned Pigeons.
Hunting within game reserves/sanctuaries, forest reserves, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, and within 50 metres of their boundaries is prohibited.
Anyone who wishes to take part in the 2021 Game Bird Hunting Season must obtain a hunting licence. Hunters' licences may be obtained from NEPA’s head office at 10 Caledonia Avenue, Kingston 5, or any of the authorised vendors at a cost of $25,000. All applicants must have a valid firearm licence/user's permit for a shotgun and a Tax Registration Number to access the licences.
Hunters are reminded that Hunting Reports not completed and returned by 31 December of the same year of the season will attract a late processing fee of $5,000 before a Hunters’ Licence for the 2021 Hunting Season is granted.
COVID-19 guidelines have been established in keeping with the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ protocols to ensure the safety of the stakeholders involved in the season.
For more information on the 2021 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.
- COVID-19 Guidelines: https://www.nepa.gov.jm/sites/default/files/2021-08/COVID-19-Guidelines-for-2021-Bird-Shooting-Season-MOHW-update.pdf
Orders and regulations for the season
- The Wild Life Protection (Game Birds) (Declaration of Shooting Season) Order, 2021: https://www.nepa.gov.jm/sites/default/files/2021-08/THE-WILD-LIFE-PROTECTION-ACT-Vol-CXLIV-116.pdf
- The Wild Life Protection (Hunters’ Licences) (Amendment) Regulations, 2021: https://www.nepa.gov.jm/sites/default/files/2021-08/THE-WILD-LIFE-PROTECTION-ACT-Vol-CXLIV-115.pdf
- The Wild Life Protection (Game Bird Hunting Limit) Regulations, 2021: https://www.nepa.gov.jm/sites/default/files/2021-08/THE-WILD-LIFE-PROTECTION-ACT-Vol-CXLIV-114.pdf
- The Wild Life Protection (Game Birds) (Hunting Days During Shooting Season) Order, 2021: https://www.nepa.gov.jm/sites/default/files/2021-08/THE-WILD-LIFE-PROTECTION-ACT-Vol-CXLIV-113.pdf
Photograph 1: Photograph showing a White-crowned Pigeon (locally known as the Baldpate).
For more information, please contact:
Public Education and Corporate Communication Branch
National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA)
10 and 11 Caledonia Avenue, Kingston 5
Tel: 876-754-7540 ext. 2751 I 876-564-9397