Ministry opens Hunting Season from October 1st, 2022
September 30, 2022:- The Public is hereby advised of the following:
a) In accordance with the Conservation of Wild Life Act Chapter 67:01, the close Season outlined in the Fifth Schedule is April 1st to September 30th therefore the hunting season is opened throughout Trinidad and Tobago from October 1st to March 31st annually. It is important to note however, that the period for hunting is October 1st to February 28th 2023 which is also the validity of the State Game Licenses (Regulation (2) (d).
b) The month of March is designated for the disposal of all Game Species/Wild meat. Hunting is strictly prohibited (Legal notice No. 116 of 2002).
c) The period for hunting of the Lizard species, Iguana, ends on December 31st and is prohibited within the municipal boundaries of Port of Spain (Legal notice No. 281 of 2019) and (Regulations (6) (1) (c) and (7) (1A).
d) The hours of hunting in any Forest Reserve are from 5:00am until 7:30 pm daily (Regulation (7) (1).
e) The mandatory data form attached to the State Game Licenses must be correctly completed and returned to the Forestry Division on or before May 31st (Regulation 2 (1) (e) and 2 (3). Failure to comply is an offence which carries a maximum fine of $5,000.00 dollars (Legal notice No. 280 of 2019).
f) Each Hunter is allowed a maximum of three (3) State Game Licenses (Regulation 2 (2). The Game animals listed in part I of the Second Schedule that can be hunted are Alligator or Cayman/ Lizard, Agouti, Armadillo (Tattoo), Deer (in Trinidad only), Lappe and Quenk (Pecary or Wild Hog).
g) Please be advised that the Waterfowl season has been revoked therefore the hunting of Animals listed under Part II of the Second Schedule is strictly prohibited (Legal notice No. 280 of 2019).
h) Cage Birds listed in Part III of the Second Schedule that can be hunted are Cravat or Trinidad Euphonia, Parakeet or Green-rumped Parrotlet and Semp or Violaceous Euphonia (Legal notice No. 137 of 2016).
ANIMALS PROHIBITED FROM HUNTING
Any animal not listed in the Second and Third Schedules of the Conservation of Wild Life Act Chapter 67:01. Section (2).
Hunters are therefore advised to comply with the wild life laws of Trinidad and Tobago. Any breaches under the Conservation of Wild Life Act Chapter 67:01, carry fines of $1,500.00 to a maximum of $10,000.00 dollars (Act 19 of 2018) and any breaches under the Regulations carry fines of $2.000.00 to a maximum of $5,000.00 dollars (Legal notice No. 280 of 2019).
RETURN OF MANDATORY DATA FORMS
Mandatory Data forms are to be returned in Trinidad, on or before 31st May 2023, at the following Forestry Division Offices:
- Damrie Hill, Sangre Grande
- Long Circular Road, St. James
- Pleasantville, San Fernando
- Rio Claro
- Farm Road, St. Joseph
- Chaguanas District Revenue Office
Mandatory Data forms are to be returned in Tobago, on or before 31st May 2023, at the:
Division of Food Security, Natural Resources, the Environment and Sustainable Development
Department of Natural Resources and Forestry
Milshirv Administrative Complex,
Corner Milford and Shirvan Road,
Mr. Denny Dipchansingh
Conservator of Forests