The number of hunters increased
In 2020, the total number of hunters increased by 3.2% and the number of members of associations by 4.8%. The number of hunters-in-training, that is, future hunters decreased by 63.8% compared to 2019.
The trend of increase in the kill of game continued
In 2020, the kill of deer increased by 8.0%, with the kill of almost 5 654 head, while the kill of roe deer amounted to 17 789 head, which was an increase of 6.6% The kill of hares increased by 8.0% and the kill of common pheasants by 3.4% compared to 2019.
In 2020, the kill of wild boars remained at approximately the same level as in 2019, while the kill of water fowls decreased by 10.0%. The kill of other birds remained at the previous year’s level.
1) Members of the Croatian Hunting Federation as well as external hunters who are not members, but are registered with the Federation.
2 GAME KILL
1) n accordance with applicable regulations in the field of hunting.
Sources and methods of data collection
Data for the Annual Report on Hunting in 2020 were taken over from the Ministry of Agriculture – Directorate of Forestry, Hunting and Wood Industry and the Croatian Hunting Federation for the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 (hunting year).
Since 2006, the Ministry of Agriculture – Directorate of Forestry, Hunting and Wood Industry has taken charge of keeping the records on the management of hunting grounds and game. The management includes breeding, protection, hunting and usage of game and its parts.
Data on killed game are given on the basis of the central hunting register.
Coverage and comparability
Reporting units are legal entities and parts thereof as well as natural persons engaged in the activity of breeding, protection, hunting and usage of game and its parts. Reporting units were taken over from databases of the Croatian Forests, the Croatian Hunting Federation and the Ministry of Agriculture – Directorate of Forestry, Hunting and Wood Industry.
Hunters are persons who passed the testing for hunters and are engaged in basic missions concerning hunting: breeding, protection, hunting and using of game and its parts, provided that they respect hunting customs and ethics.
Hunting year is the period lasting from 1 April of the current year to
31 March of the following year.
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