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Title of the project

Collection of Polish bag data

Description

To collect and publish Polish bag data

In order to hunt, all hunters require a game shooting permit. The game shooting permit is valid for one month and is specific to certain specified game species, bag limit and territory, and is issued by the manager of the hunting club (or institute) renting the territory and must be returned once expired. Additionally, each hunting trip has to be registered with the hunting club controlling the territory.

When returning the game shooting permit, each hunter must specify the species and number of individuals killed during the period covered by the permit. Additionally, after each hunting trip, the species and numbers hunted are also recorded. After the hunting season closes on 31st March, the managers of each hunting club that rents a hunting territory produce a report containing the bag statistics for the previous hunting season. This information is collated by the Research Station of the PHA and entered onto a central database, which contains information for some areas from 1960 and all areas from 1981. The national bag statistics for the most important game species are regularly published by the Central Statistical Office, in articles for hunters and in scientific papers. The information is also available on the PHA web site.

Hunters collect the data, provide the data and publish the data.

Results

The national bag statistics for the most important game species are regularly published by the Central Statistical Office, in articles for hunters and in scientific papers.

Location

Country Poland
Level National

Starting date

1960

Species

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), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)

Partners

Leading partners Polish Hunters Association (PHA) (http://www.pzlow.pl/palio/html.run?_Instance=www&_PageID=1&_Lang=en&_CheckSum=-1891868313)

Estimation of Human Resources needed

All hunters must submit data and there are about 100,000 hunters in Poland