Hunting

The number of game shot decreased in the hunting year 2018/2019

A total of 736 000 game has been shot in the hunting year 2018/2019. Compared with the previous season this represents a decrease of 2.8%. Thereof the number of furred game shot decreased by 3.0% to 614 000 head and the number of game birds shot declined by 1.9% to 122 000 head.

Among furred game 395 000 head hoofed game (-4.3%) and 219 000 head other haired game (-0.5%) were shot. Within hoofed game 285 000 head roe deer (-0.3%), 55 000 head red deer (-10.7%) and 30 500 wild boars (-24.2%) were hunted down, as well as 102 000 hares (+8.1%) and 61 400 foxes (-9.4%) within other haired game.

Game birds showed shots of pheasants rising (59 700 head; +17.5%), while wild ducks (39 200 head; -22.9%) and wild pigeons (14 300 head; -4.2%) decreased.

Game casualties increased

Game may suffer losses due to road traffic, unfavourable weather conditions or diseases. For the hunting year 2018/2019, 133 000 of such losses were reported in total (+6.1% compared to 2017/2018). Thereof only due to road traffic 40 900 head roe deer (+/-0.0%), 19 700 hares (+4.3%) and 6 300 pheasants (+15.3%) were killed.

Slightly more annual hunting permits

With a total of 132 000 (+1.6%) the number of valid annual permits for game hunting increased slightly. Furthermore 12 500 guest hunting permits (+12.8%) were released.

Methodological information

The entire hunting process is regulated by legislation at federal province level defining the "hunting year", which varies from region to region. In Carinthia, Lower Austria, Salzburg and Vienna it corresponds to the calendar year, while the hunting year in Burgenland lasts from 1 February to 31 January and in the remaining four Laender (federal provinces) from 1 April to 31 March.

Hoofed game shot (except wild boars) is negotiated and defined territory-related between the district authorities concerned, hunting provision or hunting holder as well as a body representing the interests of the hunters. This is issued by the ordinance of the federal provinces. For all other game species a hunting plan is generated, however, it is not under any legal regulation. Furthermore, hunting seasons and closed seasons are prescribed. Tasks and goals of the game law focus in particular on game keeping, the hunting and biotope protection as well as sustainable utilisation of wildlife, all in all on an improvement of the quality of life respectively the living conditions of diverse wildlife species. Additionally, stocks regarded as excessive - in view of agricultural and forestry interests - are reduced by hunting.

Hunting: game shot and casualties (overview of selected game species)
Game shooting 2018/2019: furred game (red deer, roe deer, chamois) by Laender
Game shooting 2018/2019: furred game (moufflon, sika-, fallow and stone deer, wild boars) by Laender
Game shooting 2018/2019: furred game (small game) by Laender
Game shooting 2018/2019: feathered game by Laender
Game casualties 2018/2019: furred game (red deer, roe deer, chamois, moufflon) by Laender
Game casualties 2018/2019: furred game (sika-, fallow- and stone deer, wild boars) by Laender
Game casualties 2018/2019: furred game (hares, wild rabbits, marmots, badgers) by Laender
Game casualties 2018/2019: furred game (foxes, martens, weasels, polecats) by Laender
Game casualties 2018/2019: feathered game (pheasants, partridges, snipes, black grouses) by Laender
Game casualties 2018/2019: feathered game (wild pigeons, wild ducks, wild geese, other game birds) by Laender
Hunting permits 2018/2019
Structure of hunting areas in 2014/2015

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