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Title of the project

Collection of Irish bag data


To collect bag data in order for it to be used in lobbying

Each of NARGCs 25,000 members is mailed a bag return form at the start of the hunting season. The bag return form is anonymous and requires that hunters record the number of huntable birds killed each week during the shooting season and assign the data to a Regional Game Council region. Only around 1-2% of the forms, however, are completed and returned.

The NARGC runs and promotes the program


Country Ireland
Level National

Starting date



Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Migratory species, Abundant species, Invasive Alien species
Species Type Birds, Mammals, Generalist predators
Name(s) of main species Data is collected for all huntable species

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Policy work (e.g. positioning of hunting organisations, demonstrating conservation actions)


Leading partners NARGC (http://nargc.ie/)

Estimation of Human Resources needed

Of 26,000 forms sent out only 500-600 are returned each year