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#1 muffinman

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:02 PM

Im curious about whether it is legal to shoot rabbits on a sunday in Northern Ireland? I Cant find anything on the PSNI website, but the BASC says it illegal?

#2 dazza

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 06:57 AM

All wild birds are protected on Sundays and Christmas Day, under the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985. No deer, rabbit or game may be shot on a Sunday or Christmas Day.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:19 AM

lucky to find rabbits in n Ireland.i have only a couple of spots to shoot them

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:56 AM

lucky to find rabbits in n Ireland.i have only a couple of spots to shoot them


I have a few permissons which are full of them.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 08:06 AM

they seem to be in hot spots and some of the country has none at all

to be fair i think this has been a good year for rabbits.i am seeing them in places they have nt been in years

#6 ging125

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:12 PM

is this the same in england?

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 01:30 PM

All wild birds are protected on Sundays and Christmas Day, under the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985. No deer, rabbit or game may be shot on a Sunday or Christmas Day.


Not sure if the BASC have given me some duff info,but I had a query about lamping rabbits. They sent me a email saying

"Rabbits and foxes are not subject to any closed seasons or Sunday/Christmas Day prohibitions therefore they can be lamped all year round."

??? ??? ???

#8 leeds chimp

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 02:23 PM

Not sure if the BASC have given me some duff info,but I had a query about lamping rabbits. They sent me a email saying

"Rabbits and foxes are not subject to any closed seasons or Sunday/Christmas Day prohibitions therefore they can be lamped all year round."

??? ??? ???

you can shoot vermin at nearly any time or day but game has some restrictions

#9 dazza

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 12:02 PM

The only thing you can shoot in Northern Ireland on a Sunday is clays.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 12:25 PM

Not sure if the BASC have given me some duff info,but I had a query about lamping rabbits. They sent me a email saying

"Rabbits and foxes are not subject to any closed seasons or Sunday/Christmas Day prohibitions therefore they can be lamped all year round."

??? ??? ???


I also thought that foxes and rabbits could be shot on Sundays.
I never bothered though, would hate to lose a permission if a farmer I was shooting for didn't take too kindly to it.

#11 T-Bolt94

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 02:19 PM

I second that, to best of my knowledge all you can shoot on Sundays are targets/clays.

#12 muffinman

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:15 PM

Just a wee update. I emailed Firearms today and this is what they sent back;

It is an offence to kill any wild bird or any game on Sundays or during the period commencing one hour after sunset on any day and ending one hour before sunrise on the next day.


Firearms & Explosives Branch

A simple yes or no would have been fine

#13 bullet1747

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:17 PM

is this the same in england?

No :D

#14 Dancake

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:36 PM

Just a wee update. I emailed Firearms today and this is what they sent back;

It is an offence to kill any wild bird or any game on Sundays or during the period commencing one hour after sunset on any day and ending one hour before sunrise on the next day.


Firearms & Explosives Branch

A simple yes or no would have been fine


That's open to interpretation. Rabbits are vermin and not game, plus lamping them is legal meaning you will be shooting after sunset and before sunrise. I think the reply they have given you is typical of the firearms branch. They never give a direct answer in case they are wrong. My understanding is that the only things that can be shot on a Sunday are targets. Don't know where rats fall into the equation though as they cannot be misinterpreted as game.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:58 PM

think you will find rabbits are classed as ground game and cannot be taken on sundays .

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:56 PM

think you will find rabbits are classed as ground game and cannot be taken on sundays .

in England you can shoot rabbits 24/ 365

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:13 PM

in England you can shoot rabbits 24/ 365


................ unless the soup dragon has different ideas :blush:




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