Hunting

Game shot increased remarkably

According to Statistics Austria, a total number of 838 000 game has been shot in the hunting year 2019/2020. Compared to the previous season, this represents an increase of 13.8%. Thereof the number of furred game shot rose by 12.5% to 691 000, the number of game birds shot by 20.3% to 147 000.

Among furred game, 407 000 head hoofed game (+2.8%) and 284 000 head other haired game (+30.1%) were shot. Within hoofed game, 278 000 head roe deer (-2.3%), 57 500 head red deer (+4.6%), 47 300 wild boars (+54.7%) and 19 100 chamois (-7.7%) were hunted down, while mostly hares (142 000 head; +39.4%) and foxes (69 200 head; +12.7%) were shot within other haired game.

Within game birds a marked increase of pheasants shot (74 800 head; +25.4%) was recorded in comparison to the previous season. Further the shooting of wild ducks (48 300 head; +23.3%), wild pigeons (14 900 head; +4.6%), partridges (2 900 head; +25.4%) and snipes (2 200 head; +10.7%) rose noticeably too. On the other hand a relatively strong decrease was reported for wild geese (1 500 head; -41.0%).

Game casualties slightly increased

Game may suffer losses due to road traffic, unfavourable weather conditions or diseases. For the hunting year 2019/2020, 138 000 head of suchlike losses were reported in total (+3.5% compared to 2018/2019). Thereof alone road traffic caused the death of 80 700 wild animals (+6.9%), among others 41 500 head roe deer (+1.5%), 23 500 hares (+19.1%) and 6 300 pheasants (-0.9%).

Slightly less annual hunting permits

With a total of 131 000, the number of valid annual permits for game hunting slightly decreased (-0.5%). Furthermore, 12 000 guest hunting permits (-4.5%) 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 2019/2020: furred game (red deer, roe deer, chamois) by Laender
Game shooting 2019/2020: furred game (moufflon, sika-, fallow and stone deer, wild boars) by Laender
Game shooting 2019/2020: furred game (small game) by Laender
Game shooting 2019/2020: feathered game by Laender
Game casualties 2019/2020: furred game (red deer, roe deer, chamois, moufflon) by Laender
Game casualties 2019/2020: furred game (sika-, fallow- and stone deer, wild boars) by Laender
Game casualties 2019/2020: furred game (hares, wild rabbits, marmots, badgers) by Laender
Game casualties 2019/2020: furred game (foxes, martens, weasels, polecats) by Laender
Game casualties 2019/2020: feathered game (pheasants, partridges, snipes, black grouses) by Laender
Game casualties 2019/2020: feathered game (wild pigeons, wild ducks, wild geese, other game birds) by Laender
Hunting permits 2019/2020
Structure of hunting areas in 2014/2015

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