The 2019/2020 hunting season opens October 1 and the Ministry of Agriculture is advising on the sale of State game licences.
Among the changes this year is a ban on the hunting of all waterfowl, a ban on hunting iguana in Port of Spain, and permission to find and eat as many Capybaras is you can.
Capybaras are semiaquatic mammals found throughout almost all countries of South America except Chile. They live in densely forested areas near bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, swamps, ponds, and marshes, as well as flooded savannah and along rivers in the tropical rainforest. It is considered an invasive species, having come across to Trinidad from Venezuela.
The Open Season for hunting runs from October 01, 2019 to February 29, 2020.
From September 17, 2019 State Game Licences are available from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the following offices in Trinidad and Tobago (except for Friday 30th September, 2019, when revenue collection stops at 10:00 a.m.):
(1) Forestry Office, Damarie Hill, Sangre Grande
(2) District Revenue Office, Siparia
(3) Forestry Office, Rio Claro
(4) District Revenue Office, Tunapuna
(5) District Revenue Office, Chaguanas
(6) Forestry Division, Long Circular Road, St. James
(7) Forestry Division, Balisier Avenue, Pleasantville, San Fernando
(8) District Revenue Office, Sangster Hill, Scarborough, Tobago
(9) Inland Revenue Office, Roxborough, Tobago
Persons can obtain up to a maximum of three (3) State Game Licences. Please take note of the following:
• Capybara listed as a Vermin
The Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is now listed on the Third Schedule to the Conservation of Wildlife Act as vermin. Rules applicable to those species currently listed as vermins apply to the Capybara.
• No Hunting of Waterfowl
Based on an announcement made in March 2019, the sale of Waterfowl State Game Licences has stopped. There will be no sale of Waterfowl State Game Licences and the hunting of these birds is now illegal.
• Period of Hunting for Iguanas / Ban on Iguana Hunting in Port of Spain
The law has been amended with effect from September 11, 2019 and, with the exception of the City of Port of Spain, the hunting of iguanas is permitted from October 01 to December 31. Hunting of iguanas is no longer permitted on any State Land at any time within the municipal boundaries of the City of Port-of-Spain.
• Verification of Addresses
It is advisable to bring a recent utility bill when purchasing State Game Licences for the purpose of verifying addresses.