PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkwa has allowed hunting of partridges all across the province with effect from Nov 26 till February 4, 2018, according to a notification.
This directive applies to all areas of the province barring certain protected areas i.e game reserves, private game reserves and community game reserves. The shooting will only be permissible on Sundays and other gazetted holidays. Hunters will have to obtain a special permit for this, which will be granted by Chief Conservator Wildlife KP, according to the notification.
The government will take special steps to monitor the partridge population in the game reserves and will stop issuing permits for the activity as soon as the population seems less than the required level. The notification also says that no more than five birds per gun per day will be allowed; a penalty of Rs1,200 will be charged for each bird shot in excess.
A single hunting day will not allow more than two hunting parties, with a maximum of no more than five guns per party. The hunting session will only take place if the concerned village conservation committee (VCC) agrees to it.
Similarly, hunting sessions will be conducted at private game reserves only after the due consent of the owners.
A valid shooting license is essential for any hunter to get special permit for hunting partridges.