Govt sets quota for hunting season

  • Dhorpatan hunting reserve
- PRAKASH BARAL, Baglung
Govt sets quota for hunting season

Oct 14, 2014-

The government has allocated the quota for the year’s first hunting season from mid-September till mid-December in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve—the only licensed hunting reserve in the country. The Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) has allotted 14 Naur (Blue Sheep) and eight Jharal (Himalayan Tahr) for the first hunting season, according to Conservation Officer Bishwo Babu Shrestha. He said the department would allocate the quota for the second season—between mid-February and mid-April—in a similar manner.

The government opens the reserve for two seasons a year for hunting enthusiasts. While the DNDWPC allocates the hunting quota for each season, the companies bring the tourists based on the quota.

This year, companies including Wildlife Adventure, Himalayan Safari, Track and Trails, Nepal Wildlife Safari and Global Hunting have won the contract. The companies are responsible for taking both domestic and foreign tourists on guided tour of the reserve divided in blocks. Barse, Fagune, Gustung, Seng, and Sundaha blocks are the most preferred blocks for the hunters.

According to the provision, a hunter can stay up to 21 days inside the reserve. The government has set the tariff of Rs 271,000 up to a maximum of Rs 325,000 for each Naur, Rs 277,000-Rs 401,000 for each Jharal. The tariffs are fixed in accordance to the blocks.

The government had collected Rs 7.3 million in revenue from the reserve, last year. Meanwhile, locals have demanded that the areas be declared buffer zone and revenue used on various development works and business promotion. The Revenue Department has so far laid claim to the amount collected from the hunters.

According to Shrestha, there is a provision under which locals can lay claim to certain percentage of the revenue if the areas were to be declared buffer zones. The reserve has been popular among hunters from North America, Denmark, Spain, Hungary, Russia, among others.

Published: 15-10-2014 09:01

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