Hunters facing possible 7-month ban on night time shooting
A proposed ban on hunting at night, for seven months, is currently being considered by a review group for the Department of Justice.
The proposal, which was put forward by the National Parks and Wildlife Services, wants a ban on hunting and shooting between midnight and 6am for the seven months of September to March.
The Firearms Consultative Panel of the Department of Justice and Equality is now considering the proposal, among others and stakeholders are currently being consulted.
Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv recently questioned the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys as to the implications the proposal could have for farmers, particularly on commonages that use shooting and hunting as a way of controlling foxes that attack sheep.
The National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), who are on the panel, described the proposals as 'flawed' and said it would oppose the proposals.
In a statement, on the groups website Seamus Heraty of NARGC said among the implications of the proposals was that gun club members will not be able to use their Firearms for Vermin Control for seven months of the year.
“From my own experience, and talking with other gun club members from around the country 90pc of foxes shot at night, are shot in the proposed curfew period.
“By imposing this ban, fox numbers will increase to the detriment of ground resting birds, or wild pheasants, grouse, our grey partridge from our grey partridge projects.