The Law of Ukraine
On Hunting Economy and Shooting
Date of Entry into Force:
March 28, 2000
The Law of Ukraine “On Hunting Economy and Shooting” (hereinafter referred to as “the Law”) defines legal, economic and organizational principles of activity of legal entities and natural persons in the field of hunting economy and shooting. This Law aims at ensuring equal rights for all users of hunting grounds in relations with bodies of state power as regards to running hunting economy, organization of protection, use and reproduction of fauna.
This Law shall apply to the sphere of public production which basic objectives are protection, use and reproduction of hunting animals, rendering of services to hunters as regards to shooting, development of shooting sport and spot dog breeding.
The Law sets that hunting animals that are in the state of natural freedom or are kept in half-free conditions refer to natural resources of state significance. Hunting animals that are in the state of natural freedom within the territory of Ukraine are the object of possession of the Ukrainian people.
Bodies of state power exercise ownership right as regards to all hunting animals, except for those which according to the procedure set by this Law and other legislative acts are transferred to communal or private property of legal entities and natural persons. Legal entities and natural persons may own separate hunting animals, which are removed from natural environment according to set by law procedure, bred in captivity or acquired in other way that is not prohibited by the legislation.
The Law defines and delimits authorities of central bodies of executive and judicial power, as well as competence of bodies of local self-government in the field of hunting economy and shooting.
Pursuant to the Law, the right to shooting within designed for it hunting grounds shall have the citizens of Ukraine who are 18 years old, obtained hunting permit according to the set procedure and other documents certifying the right to shooting. Shooting by means of shotguns shall be permitted only to the persons who according to the set procedure obtained permit of the body of internal affairs to the right to use these guns.
The documents to the right to shooting are:
- hunter’s certificate;
- annual control card of record of chased game and violations of shooting rules with the mark about payment of state duty;
- hunting permit (license, hunting card, etc.)
- respective permit to the right to use shotguns;
- passport for spot dogs, other chasing animals and birds with the mark about permit to shooting in the current year in case of their use during shooting.
The hunter shall have the above documents during shooting, transportation or carrying the products of shooting and show them upon request of the persons who are authorized to perform control in the sphere of hunting economy and shooting.
Hunting animals may be chased on the basis of permit – license or hunting card. On the basis of license shall be chased wild boar, fallow-deer, red and dappled deer, roe, elk, moufflon, squirrel, marmot, beaver, nutria, musk-rat, pine and stone marten, American mink, polecat. On the basis of hunting card may be shot game-birds, wild rabbit, grey hare, raccoon, wolf and fox.
Apart from that, the Law regulates the issues on payment for use of hunting resources, rights and duties of the subjects that deal with shooting and running hunting economy.