Fox population to increase: Five reasons hunters are opposing night time hunting ban
A proposal to ban hunting at night, for seven months, currently being considered by a review group for the Department of Justice is set to be vigorously opposed by the National Association of Regional Game Councils.
The group claims to be the largest voluntary organisation in Ireland involved in game shooting and conservation.
The Association has 26,000 members in 965 Clubs spread throughout the country – one Club in almost every parish.
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.
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.
According to the group, the following are the implications of proposed ban on Night Time Hunting/Shooting for Gun Clubs and Predator Control:
1. Gun club members will not be able to use their Firearms for Vermin Control for 7 months of the year.