Environment, safety,
best practice

Since
1921

The Mauritian
Way

An economic
asset

OUR FOCUS: ENVIRONMENT AND SAFETY

A partner for safety

Protecting nature

The legal framework

Sharing great moments

SAFETY AS A BEST PRACTICE

Owning a gun for hunting implies a high level of responsibility and entails proper training, as well as strict respect of the adequate laws.

SCIM’s members should abide to all national laws pertaining to owning and using firearms and ammunition, and they should respect the specific rules of the hunting grounds that they access. Moreover, we encourage our members to adopt best practice and ethical hunting beyond the minimum legal requirement, so as to maintain high levels of safety and to hunt with due respect for wildlife and for its natural environment.

SCIM encourages tutoring and mentoring of young and new hunters (of any age) by experienced ones. This enhances the adoption of best practices and the level of safety during hunting events for any type of game.  

Our association has a rich, century-long, legacy in hunting and strives to make it sustainable on many counts – to the benefit of our members as well as for supporting the Mauritian economy and preserving the island’s biodiversity. Thanks to our attention to standards in hunting and to the trust that we have garnered from stakeholders and partners, we contribute to maintaining sound and responsible hunting practices.

MAINTAINING FOREST LAND AND WILDLIFE

Hunting grounds are wild spaces that need maintenance and protection. They are the breeding grounds and natural habitat for a number of animal species, including deer and wild pigs – for the past three centuries at least for those. The ecological balance of these areas depends, among other conditions, on the right control of the population of game animals. 

SCIM brings together people from all walks of life who are hunting afficionados as well as they are nature lovers. Though our association does not own hunting grounds, we have regular interactions with their directors of many reliable grounds and share our expertise and members’ views about various relevant subjects. Thanks to our hunting ethics and to the participation of our members as well as other participants in hunting events – about 1,000 people in all at national scale – we also contribute in making it possible for owners to maintain these grounds’ natural environment and in sustaining revenue-generating activities therein. Our shared ethical values also help in creating an atmosphere conducive to hunting with respect for nature. SCIM is therefore a partner of choice for the protection of our natural environment and of the island’s biodiversity – with the  additional positive outcome of preserving forests and green areas that are efficient carbon sinks.

Hunting grounds, game and hunters are thus interconnected in a mutually beneficial relationship whose effects extend to various aspects of the island’s life and balance. Without vast areas of woodland and savanna harbouring a variety of flora and fauna, game cannot thrive and hunters cannot hunt. Without hunters, several herbivore species would see their numbers multiply at an alarming rate – as they have no naturally occuring predators – which would have a negative impact on the natural balance of those areas and on the production of crop-bearing fields. 

There are over 80 hunting grounds in Mauritius, for a total surface area of almost 17,000 hectares, mainly found in the central, western, southern and eastern regions. Among those, large pieces of State land are leased to registered organisations or individuals for hunting. Lessees maintain and protect those state lands at their own cost. 

Over 80 hunting grounds covering a total surface area of 17,000 hectares (including State land)

Hunters should know the Mauritian laws that pertain to their activity. They need to be compliant with the legal framework and to follow the appropriate procedure for obtaining the firearms licence and hunters’ licence that are essential for hunting legally. Respecting those laws entails ensuring proper safety and control by hunters themselves, as well as from Mauritian authorities (namely the police and the organisation that manages land harbouring wildlife and game). 

To be authorised to hunt legally, one should therefore respect the main provisions of two essential laws : the Firearms Act and the Native Terrestrial Biodiversity and Natural Parks Act.

The procedure for being granted the necessary permits for hunting is as follows: 

– Make an official request and obtain a Competency Certificate as per the details provided in the Firearms Act. That certificat is issued to an adult person (aged over 18) by the Mauritius Police Force following a check for clean criminal records, an assessment of the person’s mental situation and a positive performance in an arms handling and shooting session under police supervision. That certificate is valid for 5 years (renewable).

– Make an official request and obtain a Firearms Licence and a Game Licence under the Firearms Act – if the Competency Certificate is valid. These licences are provided by the  Mauritius Police Force after an assessment of each applicant’s file and profile. They define the type of firearm  and the type of usage authorised by each licence. They are valid for one year (renewable).

– Make an official request to the Director of Natural Parks and Conservation Service and obtain an authorisation to hunt game as specified (after having obtained a Firearms Licence and a Game Licence) under the Native Terrestrial Biodiversity and Natural Parks Act.

Payment is mandatory for all these licences. 

This set of laws also imposes very strict conditions to hunters regarding ths storage of firearms, the quantity, usage and storage of ammunition, as well as for matters pertaining to control of unused firearms.

People visiting Mauritius and wishing to hunt need a temporary licence, which is delivered by the Mauritius Police Force according to the conditions defined by the adequate laws.

Firearms Act and Native Terrestrial Biodiversity and Natural Parks Act

SHARING SPECIAL MOMENTS

Hunting is an opportunity to share excellent fellowship and to develop a strong and enduring network of people with a common passion and set of values – including great respect for nature and for fauna and flora. This includes networking at the international level. 

Enjoying a hunt with friends, new acquaintances or strangers is a great way to share good moments and get to better know each other, without social barriers and with the possibility to meet people from abroad. Hunting events traditionally end with drinks and snacks – the famous « gajacks » as they are called in Mauritius – and sometimes a full meal, in a hunting lodge.

Such events also provide good time for sharing knowledge and experience among hunters, in a formal manner or by inspiration and informally. SCIM also encourages mutual help and mentoring among members. Our association plans to organise more knowledge-building events for sharing of expertise on various subjects, with the participation of people having proper experience and skills. Such subjects are: hunting techniques, mores of animals, the ecological balance of forests, firearms and ammunition, etc…

This dynamics of sharing and fellowship extends to all people who participate in one way or the other in hunting activities in Mauritius: hunting ground gatekeepers, hunting helpers,  service and equipment providers, hunters’ friends and relatives, tourists. Thanks to the relationships built with hunting organisations outside Mauritius, SCIM can put its members in contact with organisations and people abroad.

SCIM is also the sole organiser of an annual competition of hunting trophies. It feeds the healthy competition that exists among members, in a spirit of fellowship.

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