Hunting and the law

If you report hunting activity to Devon & Cornwall Police we will only attend if a wild mamal has been seen being hunted with dogs, or if disorder is occuring or likely to occur. Any other reports or information given will be taken as intelligence.


You can be fined up to £5,000 if you’re found guilty of illegal hunting.
 
Hunting with dogs

You can’t hunt some animals such as foxes, hares and deer.

You can hunt under certain conditions, for example:

  • Stalking and flushing out - but only to control pests and only if they’re shot as soon as possible afterwards
  • Hunting rats and rabbits
  • Retrieving hares that have been shot
  • Rescuing wounded animals, as long as they weren’t wounded on purpose

  • Drag hunting and trail hunting

Penalties

Under the Hunting Act (2004):

  • You can be fined up to £5,000 if you’re found guilty of illegal hunting
  • The court can take away the dogs and hunting equipment you used when the law was broken
  • It’s against the law for you to allow others to use your land for illegal hunting

(Source: gov.uk)

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