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Hunting Season Begins, Ptarmigans Safe for Now

The ptarmigan hunting season began at midnight and ptarmigans can be shot every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the 18-day hunting period is finished.


A male ptarmigan. Photo by Hallgrímur Egilsson.

However, in light of the dismal weather forecast this weekend, ptarmigan hunters are advised to stay at home. Search and rescue association ICE-SAR has issued a warning, pointing out that its members have often been called out to assist ptarmigan hunters.

On the website of the Environment Agency of Iceland, hunters can study which areas are open for hunting—some land owners have banned ptarmigan hunting on their territories and some areas are preserved, reports.

It is also expected that hunters only shoot birds for their families. A ptarmigan sale ban is in effect to prevent mass hunting.

The number of ptarmigans, which is favored for Christmas dinner in Iceland, dropped significantly a few years ago, which led to an overall hunting ban. Now the bird stock is recovering.

The current hunting season ends on December 5.

Click here to read more about ptarmigans and here to read about the storm and blizzard warning for this weekend.

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