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Hunters set to be disappointed by dog training grounds

Unreasonable expectations with regards to hunting dog training grounds for 2017 and the duration of the training period is expected to leave many hunters dissatisfied with the final announcement that is expected to be made soon on this issue.

The Game Services rejected initial proposals submitted by hunting federations that the training of hunting dogs be permitted throughout January and February in all prohibited areas.

The hunting federations were instructed to short list training areas – both prohibited and un-prohibited which would be evaluated by the Game Services with the promise to expand the number of sites per district.

It seems that the designated areas, with the consent of the district hunting federations – save that of Larnaca – are similar to those of previous years with a slight increase in size.

In the meantime, new legislature covering spot fines for hunting related violations and air rifle licences were adopted by the House Environmental Committee on Wednesday while abandoning thoughts of introducing falconry licences.

The Committee is still out on the year-round training of hunting dogs in the designated areas while it is expected to rule on the issuance of licences for the accompaniment/use of hunting dogs.

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