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Hunting trips

HUNTING SYSTEM

Polish hunting law is based on the Animal Breeding Act, the Game Protection Act and the Hunting Act of 17 June 1959, amended in 1973. Wild game belongs to the Polish State. The right to hunt does not rest with the landowner and can only be exercised by members of the Polish Hunting Association, the only national hunting organisation. The land is divided into 5,250 hunting grounds, with a minimum size of 3,000 ha.The territories are leased to hunting companies by the Provincial Governor or the Regional Forestry Director under 10-year contracts. 4,818 territories are leased in this way, while the rest is managed by the authorities. The average hunting area does not exceed 300 ha.

Hunting companies pay for the rearing and protection of the game, the hunting lease and damage to the harvested game. An annual shooting plan is drawn up and approved by the forest administration.

The income of the hunting companies consists of membership fees, the sale of game meat, organised hunting for foreign visitors and the export of live game (especially hares). For each hunting ground, hunting companies must appoint a hunting supervisor who acts in an official capacity.

HUNTING LICENSE

Requirements for the granting of a hunting permit:

-One-year internship with a hunting company

– Passing the hunting examination

– Minimum age limit: 18 years

– Clean criminal record

– Polish nationality

Participants who do not have a hunting licence (and therefore do not have the right to hunt) and foreign hunters can become members of the Polish Hunting Association as holders of a „Day Pass“.

Apart from the hunting licence, the following documents must be in the possession of persons for hunting:

– A membership card of the Polish Hunting Federation (issued by paying the annual fee)

– A firearms license

– A personal shooting permit with identification of the game, number of specimens to be taken and the exact shooting location (valid for one month)

Issue of hunting licences to foreigners:

Foreign hunters need:

– A day hunting licence (which allows them to join the hunting association)

– A hunting permit issued by an authorised travel agency

  • FIREARMS, CALIBRES & AMMUNITION

Shot: No limitations are foreseen; the most common calibres are 12, 16, and 20. Non-toxic shot is recommended.

Bullet: Minimum impact energy at 100 m:

– Roe deer: ≥ 1000 J

– Other big game: ≥ 2000 J, and minimum 7 mm

WILD & HUNTING SEASON

Species

Hunting periods

Roe deer

m 11/05 – 30/09

w 01/10 – 15/01

 

Hare

15/10-15/01

Wild boars

m 01/08 – 15/01

w 01/04 – 28/02

 

Fox

01/10-28/02

Elk

m 01/09 – 31/11

w 01/10 – 30/12

 

Red deer

m 21/08 – 28/02

w 01/09 – 15/01

 

Fallow deer

01/10-15/01

Wolf

01/11-28/02

Pheasant

01/10-28/02

Wild ducks

01/09-21/12

Partridge

11/09-21/10

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