Another ecologically viable turtle doves’ spring hunting Sustainability Index* of 0.760 (2022 0.703) has been achieved from a Study that the Federation for Hunting and Conservation – Malta (FKNK) undertook through the voluntary participation of a number of its hunter members during the derogated hunting open season of 18 to 30 April 2023. In percentage and practical terms this means that 76% of ‘opportunity’ birds were not taken.
Other interesting statistics and observations gathered from the Study reveal:
An average fraction of opportunity per hour taken per hunter of 0.240 or 24%;
An average of 3804 hunters presence (out of the 7868 special licenced) every open season day;
A constant corresponding relationship vis-à-vis observed turtle doves, opportunities and taken birds on the following first two graphs;
That the two peaks of observed turtle doves of 20 and 23 April 2023, also correspond with the peaks on the third graph which has been published by ECOSERV Ltd., a private Company that is commissioned by the Maltese Government to monitor and report about birds’ migration over the Maltese islands, in particular just before, during and for a short period after a hunting and/or trapping open season.
* Sustainability Index – average fraction of opportunities per hour per hunter that evade taking.