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Federal Hunting Act Lower Saxony


Brief description of the instrument and its modus operandi

Regulative instrument, relevant to all hunters in Lower Saxony

Which problem the instrument is supposed to solve?

To regulate hunting permissions and conditions in Lower Saxony. To regulate harvesting quantities.

Purpose or main objective / overall goal of the instrument?

Setting the rules for all relevant hunting objectives in Lower Saxony.

Innovation content or potential of the instrument?

As can be seen in other federal states in Germany where new hunting acts are currently implemented, the potential to change the frame conditions and the behaviour of hunters by modified hunting acts is enormous, but also very complex and time consuming.

Which laws and regulations support the implement of this instrument?

The following 5 regulations support and specifiy the Hunting Act of Lower Saxony -1) AB-NJagdG, Ausführungsbestimmungen zum Niedersächsischen Jagdgesetz (2005) -2) Jagd in Naturschutzgebieten / Verwaltungsvorschrift (2012) -3) DVO-NJagdG, Verordnung zur Durchführung des Niedersächsischen Jagdgesetzes (2008) -4) Jagdabgabenverordnung (2001) -5) NJagdzeitVO, Niedersächsische Verordnung über Jagdzeiten (2001)

The initiator/promoter of the instrument?

Government agency

Which organizations are involved in the operationalization of the instrument?

Several public authorities at the regional and local level, such as the hunting, forestry and agricultural administration agencies and hunting associations.

What roles do these organisation play in each of them?

operationalization and implementation of the federal hunting act

How the monitoring is ensured?

There are no licences for game issued in Germany, but hunters are only allowed to harvest in accordance with annual plans issued from the regional hunting authorities. Hunters have to report their harvest on a regular basis. The surveillance on the ground is rather difficult. However, foresters, forest workers, locals are quite aware of the exercise of hunting in their forests.

How the compliance is ensured?

Hunters and other affected agents are subjected to penalties and compulsory measures in the case of unlawful acts. § 41 NJagdG of the Federal Hunting Act of Lower Saxony contains administrated offences which can be subjected to fines up to 25.000 €. //Some offences to the Act can also be subjected to imprisonment of up to 5 years depending on the severity of the offence (e.g. poaching)

How is the overall performance of the instrument?

As there is not an actual intention to change the behaviour of hunters by revision of the Federal Hunting Act in Lower Saxony it is very difficult to assess the performance of the operational Act.

Brief description of the context for the emergence of the instrument

The law needs to be continously adapted due to changing frame conditions and german/european legislations.

Have any of the items mentioned above changed since the instrument entered into force?



ongoing adaptations due to legal practice and adaptation to other framework legislations.

What are the main reasons or drivers behind changes mentioned?

Main reason is the change in other framework legislations (e.g. EU legislation).

Is there any qualitative or quantitative study of the impacts of the instrument?


Year 2001
Policy area
Affected activity
Affected actors Landowner/land manager, Picker/harvester/hunter, Retailer
Products Game
Countries Germany
Regions (NUTS 2) Lower Saxony
Focus on NWFP
Document category
Instrument type
Legal status
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Geographical scope Regional
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