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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

of May 11, 2007 No. ZR-176

About hunting and maintaining hunting economy

(as amended on 02-02-2024)

Accepted by National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on April 9, 2007

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Subject of regulation of the Law

This Law governs the public relations in the field of hunting and hunting economy in the territory of the Republic of Armenia, providing the legal basis of preserving, protection, reproduction and steady use of animals, preserving and improvements of hunting grounds, hunting and maintaining hunting economy, state policy of acquisition of rights and regulation of legitimate rights of the user of hunting.

Article 2. The basic concepts used in the Law

In this Law the following basic concepts are used:

biotechnical actions – actions for improvement of vital conditions of hunting animals in hunting grounds and increase in quantity and the specific list of animals;

hunting – production of the animals living in free conditions (hunting, fishery, collection), means, methods in regulations and during the periods permitted by the law of the Republic of Armenia;

hunting ground – the habitat of hunting animals: the forest, field, covered with water territories used as the place of implementation of hunting;

assessment of hunting grounds – overall hunting assessment of the primordial place of hunting grounds (the river, the wood, meadow, etc.) which expresses degree of their suitability for hunting and hunting animals of this territory;

personalized permission to hunting – the document granting to the hunter the right to implementation of hunting for the certain animal species requiring special permission to hunting;

hunting products – meat, blood, skin, skin, bones, waste products, bodies and tissues of the wild animal got during hunting and also the parts of body which are hunting trophies;

hunting animals are the wild animals living in free environment, and also containing in semi-free conditions which in the procedure established by the legislation are considered as subjects to hunting;

steady use of hunting animals – the form of use of wild animals meeting nature protection, economic and welfare requirements;

the state inventory of hunting animals – system of data and documents on specific structure, quantity and quality characteristics, condition, nature protection, cultural and economic values, geographical and administrative-territorial prevalence, resources and use of hunting animals;

the state accounting of hunting animals – determination of specific structure, number of hunting animals and their prevalence;

the state monitoring of hunting animals – the state observation of hunting animals in hunting grounds and outside hunting grounds concerning types, number, condition and prevalence of hunting animals;

the list of hunting animals – the document accepted by authorized body in which are specified type, quantity of the animals who are subject to hunting within this year and the hunting period;

the animal species requiring special permission to hunting – wild animals, hunting for whom is performed in strictly limited quantity only based on personalized permissions;

hunting resource – set of the hunting animals existing in the territory of the Republic of Armenia;

use of hunting resource – the activities performed by physical persons and legal entities according to the procedure, established by the law of the Republic of Armenia, directed to use of hunting animals and their products;

subject to hunting – the wild animal included in the list of hunting animals;

the user of hunting – the legal entity or physical person which acquired the right to maintaining hunting economy according to the procedure, established by this Law;

the hunter – physical person to which the authorized body according to the procedure, established by this Law, grants the right to occupation by hunting for the territories of the Republic of Armenia;

hunting minimum – set of the necessary knowledge developed for amateur hunting of hunting safe engineering, rules of the handling of civil weapon and biological features of hunting animals according to provisions of this Law;

the hunting certificate – the document certifying the right to occupation hunting;

hunting economy – the specialized nature using subject created in the allocated target territory which purpose of activities is steady use of hunting grounds and hunting animals.

Article 3. The legislation regulating preserving, protection, reproduction and steady use of hunting animals, preserving and improvement of hunting grounds, hunting and maintaining hunting economy

1. The public relations in spheres of preserving, protection, reproduction and steady use of wild animals, preserving and improvements of hunting grounds, hunting and maintaining hunting economy are regulated by the Law of the Republic of Armenia "About fauna", this Law and other legal acts.

2. If in international treaties of the Republic of Armenia other regulations are established, than provided by this Law, then regulations of international treaties are applied.

Article 4. Law purpose

The purpose of this Law is:

1) ensuring preserving, protection, reproduction and steady use of hunting animals;

2) preserving hunting grounds, ensuring integrity and improvement of hunting grounds;

3) creation and development of hunting farms;

4) establishment of the rights and obligations of the hunter and user of hunting;

5) hunting regulation.

Chapter 2. Subjects to hunting and use of hunting resources, participants it is also right

Article 5. Subjects to hunting and use of hunting resources

1. Hunting animals and also the rights to their use together with hunting grounds are considered as subjects to hunting and use of hunting resources.

2. The list of hunting animals claims and the annual admissible regulation of their use for hunting is established by authorized state body of the Republic of Armenia (further – Authorized body).

3. Hunting grounds can be in the territories of lands of forest and agricultural purpose, and also in the water territories.

4. The rights to use hunting animals are differentiated with use of places of their dwelling and stay (the earth, water, air, the wood).

5. The procedure for content of wild animals in not free and semi-free conditions is established by the law.

Article 6. Participants of relations on hunting and use of resources of hunting

Participants of relations on hunting and use of hunting resources are:

1) Government of the Republic of Armenia;

2) authorized body;

3) territorial authorities of public administration;

4) local government bodies;

5) physical persons and legal entities;

6) citizens of the Republic of Armenia and foreign citizens.

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