Report illegal hunting


Spring Hunting Season 2015


The hunting season opens from

Tuesday 14 April - Thursday 30 April (both days included). 


Any illegalities are to be reported to:

Police: 119

BirdLife Malta: 2134 7644/5/6 or on emergency number 7925 5697  


When is hunting allowed? 

  • From 14 - 30 April (both days inclusive)
  • Monday - Friday: from 2hrs before sunrise until 14:00
  • On Saturdays and Sundays, until 12:00


Which birds can be hunted?

  • Only two types of bird: turtle dove and quail
  • Each hunter may shoot only two birds per day 
  • Each hunter may shoot four birds in the whole season
  • If a hunter reaches his quota of four birds during the season, he can no longer hunt
  • For every caught bird, hunters are required by law to declare what they have shot - to fill in the Carnet de Chasse and send an SMS to the Wild Birds Regulation Unit before leaving the hunting zone.


Where is hunting allowed?

  • It is illegal to hunt at designated Bird Sanctuaries (e.g. Buskett, Girgenti, Salina).
  • It is illegal to hunt at sea (i.e. on board a seacraft).
  • It is illegal to hunt within 50m of main roads and beaches and within 200m of residential areas.
  • Hunters may use public land, however they may only use private property with permission of owner


Who is permitted to hunt?

  • Hunters who applied for a special spring hunting license, i.e. those who are over 18 years of age and are granted a license from the Wild Birds Regulation Unit
  • The licensee is required to carry on his person the Spring Hunting License, a mobile phone, Carnet De Chasse booklet and a pen whilst hunting


What is not allowed while hunting?

  • The use of live or fake decoys of any birds except for Turtle Dove or Quail.
  • The use of electronic recordings/calls meant to lure birds to hunting areas in any form (tape, CD, MP3).
  • The use of guns capable of firing than 3 shots in succession
  • The use of any other form of modified and unlicensed shotgun



  • Trapping in any form and for any species is not allowed. This includes even any nets laid down on trapping sites. 

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If you witness or know about any illegal hunting it is important to first report to the Police, and than BirdLife Malta.

Police: 119
BirdLife Malta: 2134 7644 /5/6

If you need any extra help, download a step by step guide on how to report illegal hunting to the police

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 7:38:09 AM