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Legislation on Recreational Hunting

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The recreational hunting season officially starts in May and ends in July, during which the (SAG) Agricultural and Livestock Service carry out inspections on the conditions of the meat and the quantity of species which depends on the area.

Hunting Law N° 19.473, establishes the prohibition of hunting or capturing all native vertebras in Chile. The exceptions are fish, sea reptiles, penguins and sea mammals like whales. Dolphins, seals, elephant seals, sea lions and otters are protected under regulations which correspond to the General Fishing and Intensive Fish Farming Law, under the guidance of the Undersecretary of Fishing and the National Fishing Service.

Hunting carnivores and bats, pumas, foxes, vicuñas, pudús, chinchillas and piuchenes as well as other other species, is strictly prohibited. On the other hand you can capture the following species during the hunting period: the neotropic cormorant, Chilean partridge, mallard, quail, red-gartered coot, Andean turtle dove, pigeon, thrush, finch, pheasant and fallow deer, as well as many others.

Some animals which are considered dangerous, can be hunted at any time of the year for example; African toads, feral pigeons, sparrows, rabbits, hares, minks, beavers, wild boars, just to name a few.

SAG dictates that in order to obtain permission to hunt you must possess an identity card, be over 18 years of age, demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the legal and regulatory present day requirements concerning hunting contained in the examination by achieving a minimum of 70% in your answers and by paying the necessary fee of 0.35 UTM ($11.320 approx.) in any of the SAG offices in your region. Every hunter’s identification is then registered on SAG’s National Register of Hunters, which also contains information on any violations that you may have committed.

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