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2016 bird shooting season to open August 20

Published:Tuesday | August 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has approved the opening of the 2016 game bird-shooting season in keeping with the recommendations of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA).

In a release, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) said the season will open on August 20 and close on September 25.

"All prospective hunters are being advised to obtain a hunter's licence for the sum of $15,000 from NEPA or one of the 14 authorised vendors," the release stated.

All persons wishing to purchase a hunter's licence must have a tax registration number (TRN). Any hunter who has not returned last year's hunter's bird shooting report form will be required to do so and pay a late processing fee of $5,000 at NEPA before the granting of a hunter's licence.

The game bird-shooting season is regulated under the Wild Life Protection Act of 1945.

NEPA said anyone caught in breach of the act can be fined up to $100,000 or imprisoned for one year.

The agency will also roll out new technologies in the weekly monitoring of the shooting season to ensure continued compliance by hunters.

Applicable breaches of the Wild Life Protection Act:

1. Hunting without a hunter's licence.

2. Hunting in game reserves.

3. Hunting outside of designated shooting periods.

4. Hunting birds that are not designated game birds.

5. Exceeding the bag limit.

For more information on the 2016 game bird shooting-season or to report any illegal shooting, please contact NEPA at 754-7540, toll free 1-888-991-5005.