PESHAWAR - The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife and Biodiversity Department has said that shooting of partridges will be permissible in the province till February 4th, 2018.

According to an official statement, the hunting would not be allowed in protected areas except Game Reserves, Private Game Reserves and Community Game Reserves.

Hunting would be permissible only on Sundays and gazetted holidays, hunting in Game Reserves would be permissible only under a special permit to be granted by the Chief Conservator Wildlife Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as per rules.

The partridge population in the Game Reserves will be regularly monitored and issuance of the special permit will be stopped as soon as it is deemed appropriate, maximum bag limit would not exceed five birds of all species of partridge combined per gun per day.

Value of property equal to Rs1200/- will be charged for each bird shot in excess to bag limit besides compensation as per rules.

Maximum two hunting parties (not more than five guns in a party) would be allowed in a game reserve/unit on a single hunting day.

Hunting in Community Game Reserves will be permissible only after due consent of the concerned Village Conservation Committee (VCC). Hunting in Private Game Reserves will be permissible only after

due consent of the concerned owner of the Private Game Reserves.

Special permit fee once deposited will not be refundable, no special permit will be issued to any person unless he holds a valid shooting license, no person will be issued a special permit for hunting in more than one Game Reserve or unit of reserve on a single day.

The fee will be charged for various licenses/special permits during 2017-18 shooting season until revised otherwise, Small Game Shooting License Rs2000/- per annum, Special Permit for shooting in a Game Reserve Rs3000/ per day,

Possession License for dog Rs1000per annum. 90 percent fee would be realized from special permits for shooting in Game Reserves will be paid to the local communities.

The respective community will utilize the revenue so generated on conservation and development works. The remaining 10 percent fee will go to revenue head of the department.