Hadn't realised that today was start day until the 5.30am "wake up call" began, still beats me what they manage to see, never mind shoot in the dark - or is it, I wonder, a good excuse for 'the boys' to get dressed up in the camouflage gear with a big gun over their shoulders? What else is there for morons to do on a Sunday morning?
I've searched everywhere I can think of, and found this from about 4 years back:
Wood pigeon & turtle doves mid-August - February
Quail September - October
Hare, partridge & (quail?), snipe (some) duck. November - end of December. This is the only time dogs can be used.
Daily quota was 5 partriges, OR 4 partriges + 1 quail, or 4 partridges + 1 hare, or 2 hares.
Shooting is allowed from dawn until dusk.
The hunters are allowed to shoot francolin/frangolin, which I can't translate but I've guessed is quail.
The rules/quotas are regularly changed following negotiations between the government and the group representing hunters.
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and I am surprised - I haven't heard a single shot yet.
I am usually being woken up by gun shots at like 5am in the morning and I see the hunters along the Zygi cost road in the morning, but nothing yet.....
They were certainly out in force in Oroklini last Sunday just after 5am! Drowned out the church bells. But all quiet by 9'ish and nothing else heard, they usually have a second session mid-afternoon when food/drink levels have reached saturation point and fresh air is needed!
No shooting heard during the week, I thought they usually hunted on Wednesdays as well, perhaps that's in another season?
And I've got to ask, what do the hunters do with the birds? I've never seen any for sale in any shops, fresh or frozen. Do hunters sell them to restaurants? Or just eat them at home? Out of interest I googled recipes on how to cook turtle doves - I had a good idea of how wood pigeon are cooked. I've got to say that I couldn't imagine any housewife here - or hunter come to that - taking the time to prepare, cook and appreciating the finished dish.
it is unbelievable that hunting is allowed in the tourist areas while the season is at its strongest.
Protaras was awoken last Sunday, at sunrise to the sound of repeated gunfire, just days after the terrorism in Barcelona! DOH!
Protaras has many nature trails marked for walkers, i have to ask how popular that is when some camouflaged Rambo is hiding ready to shoot at anything that moves!
Cyprus should reconsider its policy on hunting in tourist areas in order that tourists can comfortably enjoy the coast and countryside free from harm.
Quite agree with Geoff j,so ridiculous it's not true. Dark Ages mentality springs to mind. It's not only the tourist areas but the residential areas as well. Quite a bit of open land in my area of Oroklini (near the old cemetery and football stadium). So frightening that the shooting is so near, that I just don't go outside the door on Sunday mornings until all is quiet. Needless to say my little dog is terrified and refuses to budge from under the bed!
As to any controls being considered or laws upheld - I wonder how many local policemen and Council Members are out shooting??
Thought shooting was supposed to stop at sunset, 16.50, but last night there were several hunters still blasting away near us at 19.30. it was practically dark at that time and the only things flying would be owls and bats!!
Unfortunately most of the hunters, who obviously don't know which day of the week it is so they play safe and shoot every day, never learnt to tell the time either - sad reflection on the education system here! But I bet they have no trouble at all counting how much money they have under their mattresses, probably obtained, in the main, from selling their ill-gotten gains on the black market.
It is important that both sides of this very controversial issue obey the law.
Quite a few bird hunters have been fined 1000s of Euros recently.
However the so called Bird Activists have no right of trespass; and should also be prosecuted if caught doing so.
We live in Kapparis and the shooters are out every day near us. Dangerous so close to residences!
Sorry to dredge up an old post but on Protaras Avenue in the land opposite demari, Behind the chuck wagon, there's been constant gunfire every 90 secs or so in daylight hours since we arrived last week, it would seem to be a means of bird scaring than hunting as the 'gun fire' is too regular, at around 90 secs to be hunters.
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