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Postby pbd » Mon May 12, 2014 1:52 pm

I just returned from a 2 week vacation in the Netherlands where we spent most of our timing touring the rivers and waterways in a canal boat that comfortably slept 6 and I was amazed at the amount of waterfowl I saw.

I've never really heard of the Netherlands as a waterfowling destination, but this trip is making me wonder if I should I make plans to revisit during the season? Does anyone know how easy it would be for a US citizen to hunt in the Netherlands?
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Re: Netherlands

Postby D Comeaux » Fri May 23, 2014 9:13 am

pbd wrote:I just returned from a 2 week vacation in the Netherlands where we spent most of our timing touring the rivers and waterways in a canal boat that comfortably slept 6 and I was amazed at the amount of waterfowl I saw.

I've never really heard of the Netherlands as a waterfowling destination, but this trip is making me wonder if I should I make plans to revisit during the season? Does anyone know how easy it would be for a US citizen to hunt in the Netherlands?



I was in the Netherlands for a three month period some years back and noticed the same thing. I did ask about duck hunting and was told there were a few "clubs" in the area. I did find out that there is only a small percentage of the population that actually hunt, and all of people I questioned were aware of the clubs but didn't hunt.

I found this info about hunting in the Netherlands.


Hunting in the Netherlands

Information on hunting in the Netherlands: hunting restrictions, seasons, territories, guns and weapons and find out about game management units in Holland...

Hunting is permitted in the Netherlands and the number of people practicing this hobby in the country represents about 0.2 percent of the population.

Hunting is managed by the Royal Association of Dutch Hunters (Koninklijke Nederlandse Jagers Vereniging KNJV) which has the responsibility for control and management of nature and wildlife.

•Koninklijke Nederlandse Jagers Verenigin (KNJV)
Tel: 033 461 9841
Fax: 033 465 1355


Legislation/Licenses

Since the Game Act of 1977 a hunting examination is obligatory and a hunting license is required. Courses begin in November and exams take place in April/May and in September. The license must be renewed annually (about 30,000 licenses are issued each year).

The body responsible for testing and issuing hunting licences is:
•Stitching Jachtopleidingen Nederland
At: Amsterdamseweg 16, 3812 WS Amersfoort
Tel: 033 463 1614


Getting a license

In order to get a license, the applicant must fulfill the following criteria:
•Be at least 18 years old
•Have an insurance voucher covering third party liability
•Pass the hunting examination (hunting examinations passed in Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg are also valid in the Netherlands)
•Be able to prove that they have an opportunity to hunt in the Netherlands

The license can be revoked in case of bad conduct. If it has expired, then the right to hunt is automatically lost. The license must be renewed every year by the Dutch police.

Licenses for visitors

Foreign hunters who are resident have the right to get a Dutch hunting license in the same way as any Dutch person.

EU and non-EU visitors wishing to hunt in the Netherlands can only do so by personal invitation. People who are personally invited to hunt by a Dutch citizen can apply for a specific hunting license which is valid for six days. They can only use this license if accompanied by a resident hunter who holds a normal hunting license.

Residents of the European Union must hold a European Firearms Pass to bring weapons into Netherlands.

What and Where to Hunt

Since the Flora and Fauna Act of April 2002 the main hunting regulation has designated six species which can be considered as "game", one protected and five huntable. The huntable species are:
•Hare
•Mallard
•Pheasant
•Pigeon
•Rabbit

According to this legislation, a distinction is made between hunting (of the five species above), management, and crop damage control (for the last two, specific licenses issued by the Province apply).

Methods such as trapping and netting are forbidden, apart from live-trapping of crows, or with the use of reared decoys and cages. Registered duck decoys are allowed to catch mallard during the open season.

There are no areas where hunting is freely allowed to everyone in the Netherlands and commercial hunting is prohibited. Hunting grounds must consist of an area of 40 hectares minimum, be at least 300 meters wide and it must be possible to describe a circle with a minimum radius of 150 meters within that area.

The landowner owns the hunting rights and may let-out these rights for a period of six to twelve years. In territorial waters and on state land the hunting rights also belong to the owner, in this case the Ministry of Finance or Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and they may let out the rights (lease).

Hunting Season

The hunting season is the same across the country, in all regions.

Shooting is forbidden on New Year's Day, Easter, Whit Monday, Christmas, Boxing Day and Ascension Day; shooting is also forbidden on Sundays.


Hunting Season

Game

15 October-31 December Hare, Female pheasant
15 October-31 January Male pheasant, Wood pigeon
15 August-31 January Mallard, Rabbit

Guns and Weapons

Owning a gun without a permit is not allowed in the Netherlands, and the gun permit is incorporated in the hunting license.

There are some restrictions on the types of ammunition and weapon that may be used.

The following are forbidden:
•Lead shot
•Weapons with silencers or artificial lights
•Automatic or semi-automatic guns with more than two cartridges
•Air rifles
•Military ammunition and bullets which do not deform on impact

Further Information
•Comprehensive information on The Hunter in Europe from Face (PDF)
•Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality
At: 20401 Postbus, 2500 EK Den Haag
Tel: 070 379 3911
Fax :070 381 5153
•Royal Association of Dutch Hunters (KNJV)
At: 1165 Postbus, 3800 BD Amersfoort
Tel: 033 461 9841
Fax: 033 465 1355
e-mail

•Stichting Jachtopleidingen Nederland
At: Amsterdamseweg 16, 3812 WS Amersfoort
Tel: 033 463 1614
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Re: Netherlands

Postby beretta24 » Wed May 28, 2014 9:19 am

Getducks.com is just getting the first outfitter going for the Netherlands. Liberal bag limits and a lot of species for the collector. I am hoping to make a trip there this year.
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Re: Netherlands

Postby pbd » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:14 am

beretta24 wrote:Liberal bag limits and a lot of species for the collector.


Seems contrary to what D Comeaux posted that seemed to indicate a 2 week season in August for Mallards. No mention of geese or any other duck species.
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Re: Netherlands

Postby beretta24 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:43 am

Things are changing this year and Getducks, to my knowledge, is the only US outfitter with access. Go to their site and you'll see all the details.
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Re: Netherlands

Postby The Waterfowler » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:30 am

We have exclusive properties for the waterfowl and hunting is actually legal 12 months a year.

http://www.getducks.com/netherlands-goose-hunt.aspx

Spring hunting for Eurasian Wigeon, Barnacle geese et. al. We have escorted trips going in October and March for up to 5 species of geese, swans and waterfowl. Exclusive leases on prime properties. Look at the web page and contact me with any questions. Ramsey is leaving Saturday to check all the details and report coming soon.
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Re: Netherlands

Postby ramsey » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:00 pm

You saw first hand what the rest of the world will soon realize as the world'a hottest new goose hunt. We've been working on this destination for over a year ironing things, hard to keep a secret. As in many places elsewhere throughout the world, hunting is very different than in the US. I not only read the information you posted months ago, but several pointed inquiries lead to further wording clarifications on that very web page. Netherlands was "green" before the world recognized that as anything other than a crayon color. Interesting reading: look at the document about Netherlands goose hunting under "more info" section but note that it's dates 2007 and so the data is outdated. Due to the very huge opportunity that Netherlands represents (through 2019 but anyone's guess beyond that), we and our partnering outfitters, one of whom was formerly a "game warden" for lack of a better word, have locked up nearly 20,000 acres of prime farmland throughout the entire country. There's no public hunting. As far as that goes, there's no "goose hunting season" nor will there likely ever be. Mallard hunting is not only available between Aigust 15 to January 31, but they may feed similarly to New Zealand and use live decoys. Between the leases and required permits, we feel we've got this thing pretty well in-hand. We've got 4 weeks worth of client bookings for October 2014 and 3 weeks SOLD OUT for March 2015. There'll be some speed bumps as we polish this diamond in the rough but we're expecting good things - and our clients are chomping at the opportunity and adventure this world's newest destination presents.

Next week we'll be doing a final walk through to include hunting for geese and pigeons, an I'll be first-hand proofing the importation process. Importantly, an advantage of Netherlands over many destinations, as I'm sure you experiences first hand, are English-speaking and non-hunter opportunities. I'll be certain to post photos on our Facebook page, website and other social media, and will be send a client-based email blast soon after. Please know a few very important things regarding Netherlands: hunting regulations vary among the 12 provinces; the regulations are changing frequently as they reconcile this unprecedented biological disaster with a predominately "green" citizenry; there is no certainty of specific legislated opportunities beyond 2019; location, access and outfitter professionalism are everything; licensing requires substantial lead time and you'll appreciate working with true professional during this process. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss.
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Re: Netherlands

Postby ramsey » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:22 pm

*please disregard misspellings, it's the downside of mobile devices*

Also, I was very please to learn that Zinks makes Greylags goose calls. They also make Pinkfooted goose calls, but that species is presently protected in Netherlands. The Greylags and white-front calls will get plenty of use this fall and spring!
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Re: Netherlands

Postby ramsey » Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:00 am

This week's visit was a success. Will soon post photos at our website and facebook.
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Re: Netherlands

Postby ramsey » Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:08 pm

Netherlands is way more than windmills and wooden shoes, but there are plenty of those, too, if you keep your eyes peeled. One of the cleanest and most beautiful countries I've ever visited, but hunting isn't the go-to ice breaker among strangers. Soccer is lately. Traditional smoked eel was great. June's the poorest month to hunt geese because most are molting are raising flightless offspring, but it was the only time we could squeeze in an inaugural hunt. Based on last week's visit, we're very excited about the upcoming year. We'll spend many weeks over there with guests during the next few months; tune in to our social media channels or website photo galleries for updates (and here, too, because many already have made reservations).


These windmills were built a quarter-century before the Declaration of Independence. The Dutch doubled Netherland's dry-ground acreage with windmills and levees (and used that water management know-how much later transformed Arkansas's Grand Prairie into a waterfowling mecca).
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They're everywhere. A museum is among many, many non-hunter activities available in Netherlands.
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Like finding a needle in a haystack and rare as hen teeth, but there are a few real prizes among Netherlands more abundant goose species.
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Of the surprising number of geese seen, greatly enjoyed the barnacle geese most - probably because they decoyed for the camera much better than I had expected...
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...and because we looked down the gun barrel at more than a few. Netherlands is the new go-to place for collecting trophy barnacle geese and much more.
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Several important considerations:
* Barnacle geese and mute swans are readily available - they are protected species in UK and Scotland. Pink-footed geese are protected species in Netherlands.
* UK and Scotland waterfowl seasons are limited primarily to Fall. Netherlands represents substantial hunting opportunities for swans, Euro wigeons and geese during the spring months when plumage is perfect.
* Mallards are Euro wigeons are available; all other duck species are strictly protected and off limits to hunters.
* Dates, rules and seasonal splits vary among species and provinces. Specific shooting objectives will dictate timing of your hunt - August through September? October? November? Spring? Ask us.
* For hunters that want Mexico- or Argentina-type volume, go to Mexico or Argentina. The hunting style is very European and the emphasis is on quality not quantity. Think "trophy hunt." Local hunting customs apply.
* We're booking small teams of 4-6 hunters (4 is ideal).
* License requirements require lead time and strict deadlines. It's not like anywhere else you've ever hunted. Ditto for firearm use. Don't worry - It's not only what we do, it's all we do.
* There's no public hunting. It's strictly private land, and our team has a long-term lock on excellent farms throughout the entire country. This is important to ensure quality hunting and species.
* Goose hunting legislation is presently authorized through 2019. What happens beyond that is anyone's guess.
* It's a great new opportunity for collectors and travel-minded hunters, call us for more information or to join an upcoming team.

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