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Hunting and wildlife management Act (LBK no. 639 of 2023.

Type of law
Date of original text

The purpose of this Act is to create a basis for sustainable management of wildlife by: protecting game, especially during the breeding season; ensuring the quantity and quality of game habitats through the establishment of game reserves and by otherwise establishing, restoring and protecting game habitats; and regulating hunting in such a way that it is carried out according to ecological and ethical principles and in consideration of the protection of game, especially of rare and endangered species. The Act applies to mammals and birds, including migratory birds naturally present in the Danish countryside, as well as to mammals and birds released or escaped from human care and which have established wild reproductive populations. The Ministry of Environment establishes (and regulates) authorized hunting seasons (Art. 3) however valid only from dawn to sunset, as well as method and specified areas of hunting. In order to apply conservation measures, the Minister of Environment shall establish wildlife reserves on land, in fresh water and fishing territory to provide resting and feeding areas for migratory birds.
This Act consists of 9 Chapters and 2 Appendices: Purpose (1), General wildlife management regulations (2); Hunting Rights (3); Exercising Hunting Rights (4); Wild reserves (5); Wildlife damage (6); Hunting Licenses (7); Administration (8); Environmental damages to protected species or habitats (8a); Penalties (9).
Appendix 1 - Mammals covered by Article 9a, section 1.
Appendix 2 - Mammals covered by art. 9a, sect. 2.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Consolidated version of the Hunting and Wildlife Management Act no. 269 of 06/05/1993.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Bekendtg relse af lov om jagt og vildtforvaltning.
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