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Hunting Licenses

Types of Hunting Licenses

Bird Licence

  • Applicable to both citizens and non- citizens.
  • It is categorized into two, those for citizens and residents with specified fees below
  • A fee charged to a Bird hunter is determined by the period over which he/she will hunting
  • A bird licence whether for a citizen or a non-citizen is area specific.
  • Each hunter is expected to abide to the bag limits and conditions specified therein.

Citizen hunters are entitled to twelve (12) months bird hunting whilst non-citizens are entitled to a week, one month or a year depending on their choice. The bird licence is not transferable and no one is entitled to hold more than one licence at a time.

Categories of Bird licence

Category Fee Validity of the licence
Citizens P 25.00 one year
Non-Citizens P 750.00 one year
Non-Citizens P 300.00 one month
Non-Citizens P 150.00 one week

  • A non-citizen is supposed to be accompanied by a Professional Hunter whenever on a hunting expedition.

Single Game Licence:

  • Entitles the holder to hunt one animal of such species and kind for a specified period in a particular area
  • Applicable to both citizens and non-citizens on different fee categories (Appendix 1).
  • This licence is not transferable between individuals or between areas. However, citizens are allowed to endorse single game licence to another citizen only once to allow one to hunt for the owner of the licence.
  • The proceeds of the hunt belong to the licence holder.

Private landowners enjoying landholder's privileges in their land are required to apply to the Director in order to hunt in their lands.

Appendix 1: SINGLE GAME LINCENCE HUNTING FEES    

Species

Fees to be paid for each licence in Botswana Pula (1BWP 0.2 USD)

Maximum number of licences that can be held by a individual

 

Citizen

Non-citizen

Citizen

Non-citizen

Baboon/Tshwene

50

200

1

1

Bat-eared fox/Mothose

50

200

1

1

Black-backed jackal/Phokoje

50

200

2

1

Buffalo/Nare

1500

5000

1

1

Bushbuck/Serolobothoko

500

1000

1

1

Caracal/Thwane

100

500

1

1

Crocodile/Kwena

300

1000

1

1

Duiker/Phuti

100

300

2

1

Eland/Phofu

700

2500

1

1

Elephant /Tlou

8000

20 000

1

1

Gemsbok/Kukama

7000

2500

1

1

Hartebeest/Kgama

300

1000

1

1

Impala/Phala?

150

500

2

1

Kudu/Tholo

300

1000

1

1

Lechwe/Letswee

300

1000

1

2

Leopard/Letotse

1500

10 000

1

1

Lion/Tau

1500

10 000

1

1

Ostrich/Ntshe

300

1000

1

1

Porcupine/Noko

50

200

1

1

Reedbuck/Mhele

500

1500

1

1

Sable/Kwalata

1500

5000

1

1

Scrub hare/Mmutla

15

50

1

1

Side-striped jackal/Sekgee phokoje

50

200

1

1

Silver fox/Lesie

50

200

1

1

Sitatunga/Sebogata

1500

5000

1

1

Spotted hyaena/ Phiri yo moramaga

100

300

1

1

Springbok/Tshephe

150

400

2

2

Springhare/Ntole

15

50

4

2

Steenbok/Phuduhudu

100

300

2

1

Tsessebe/Tsessebe

500

3000

1

1

Vervet monkey/Kgabo

50

200

2

2

Warthog /Mathinthinyane

150

500

2

2

Wild cat/Tibe

50

200

1

1

Wild pig/ Kolobe ya naga

150

500

1

1

Wildebeest/Kgokong

500

2500

1

1

Zebra/Pitse ya naga

1000

5000

1

1

Small Game Licence

  • The licence entitles the holder to hunt within such area or areas as may be specified on it.
  • The licence is not transferable and it is issued for a specified period.
  • Also applicable to citizens of Botswana only.?
  • The licence is only valid during the specified hunting season.
  • A potential small game licence hunter is charged a P75.00 has a hunting fee.

Special Game Licence

  • Applicable to Botswana citizens only.
  • The holder of this licence is entitled to hunt specified species other than a protected species in a specified area and period.

Hunting requirements and other precautionary measures

  • Hunting that entails use of a single game licence is done through a booking system whereby one book the specified animals he want to hunt.
  • Normally hunting takes a week or two depending on the number and the types of animals.
  • A hunter has to ensure the following:- ?t? he is accompanied by a licensed/qualified professional hunter ?t the license is issued by his name ?uld be having a map of the area he is going to hunt at, this is the case of those hunting in concession areas, ?ays take plastic bags for collection of rubbish, littering in prohibited.
  • Choose appropriate spots to safe guard break up of fires.
  • Hunters should make sure that fires must be extinguished before leaving camps
  • Any burning fires should be suppressed or reported immediately to Police, Wildlife Offices and/or District Commissioners Office.

Hunting season

Open Season: Botswana game hunting season is from 1st Tuesday of April to the 3rd Tuesday of September every year. This is applicable to all game animals and birds. However, some birds are hunted throughout the year. Botswana hunters are advised to carry out in the above-stipulated time due to the cool winter temperatures with July and August being the most popular months. Summer time can be extremely hot and lots of rain especially in the northern part of the country can spoil the hunting expedition.

Weapons required/hunting rifles

The following are the recommend rifles and bows to be used during hunting;

  • Firearms for large and dangerous game, e.g., Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, Hippo, Leopard), .375 H&H, .404, .416, .450 /. 400, .450 x 3 ?, .458, .460, .465 H&H, .470, .475, .500, and .577 calibres
  • Firearms for medium to large game (up to Eland and excluding Buffalo). 7x57, ? 7mm, ? .270, .3006, .300, .308, 8mm JS Mauser, .338, 9x57, 9.3x62, 9.3 x 74 R10.75 x 68 calibres
  • Firearms for small mammals (up to the size of Springboks) .243, .257, .264 and 303 calibres Fire arms for (Jackals, Caracal, and Meercat) .222 and.220 calibre

Bow hunting

  • Bow hunting is strictly NOT allowed for lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Giraffe, Hippo, and Elephant.
  • Long bow of minimum weight of 22.7 kg and Cross bows of minimum weight of 45.0 kg, (minimum draw length of and minimum bolt length of 50 cm) may be used for hunting and killing the following animals; Duiker, Bushbuck, Steenbok, impala, Springbok, Game birds, Reedbucks and Lechwe
  • Long bow of minimum weight of 36.3 kg and Cross bows of minimum weight of 56.8 kg may be used to hunt the following animals; kudu, wildebeest, waterbuck, eland, hartebeest, zebra, sable, gemsbok and tsessebe.
  • Warthogs may be hunted with long bows of minimum weight of 26.8kg and Cross bows of 45.0 kg.
  • A maximum shot range of 30 m is recommended while using bows for hunting and killing of the respective animals.

Use of hunting dogs in tracing or trekking animals

A hunter maybe allowed to hunt a predator using dogs provided he has been given a written authority by a licensing officer.

 
 
 
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