Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V. Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e. V.
Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

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Bird hunting in Italy

Bird hunters in northern Italy
Bird hunters in northern Italy

In Italy, around registered 600,000 hunters go hunting. Because larger game such as deer and stags were rare in the past, a strong tradition of migratory bird hunting has developed here. The use of traps and nets is strictly prohibited.

A total of 39 bird species can be legally hunted. In addition to pigeons (including Turtle doves and Collared doves), ducks (e.g. Teal, Garganey and Mallard ducks) and waders (such as Lapwings, Woodcocks and Snipe), five species of songbirds are officially open for hunting: Skylark, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing and Song Thrush. In addition, some regions repeatedly permit the shooting of birds that are actually protected by special permits - in particular starlings, book and mountain finches are the victims of this practice, which is highly dubious under EU law. 

Unlike in Germany, there are specific daily and seasonal limits for each species. As a rule, they are so high that you can shoot the whole day without ever running the risk of exhausting the limit. The limits vary from year to year and from region to region. Usually they are in the order of 3 woodcocks, 10 skylarks and 25 song thrushes per day. In theory, seasonal limits cap the number of birds that a hunter can kill during the entire hunting season. The number of skylarks is usually 50. So you can shoot 10 skylarks on each of the first five hunting days and then obliged to leave the shotgun at home. However, since inspections largely fail to take place, hardly anyone runs the risk of being caught.