Main hunting system and rules
Hunting in Greece is regulated by the Forest Code. The hunting rights belong to all hunting permit-holders, instead of being vested in the landowner.
The country is divided into seven hunting regions:
Lesbos and the Eastern Aegean
Patras and the Peloponnese
Athensand the Southern mainland
Ionnina and Epirus
Thessalonica and the Northern mainland
Larissa and Thessaly
The Hellenic Hunting Confederation groups the seven regional hunting federations together.
In Greece hunting is not permitted on every day of the week. For example hunting for wild boar is only allowed on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
To obtain a hunting permit applicants need a minimum age of 18 years, a doctor’s certificate, a certificate of firearms purchase (by the police), a hunting exam and a Third party insurance. The Hunting Associations are responsible for the training of the hunters. They assist the Forest Department in all hunting related matters.
In Greece there are different ways to get a permit:
a local permit (valid in the district),
a regional permit (valid in one of the seven hunting regions)
or a national permit (valid throughout the country).
These permits are not valid in protected areas like: National Parks, Refuges, where all hunting is prohibited and a few State managed Hunting Properties.
Main hunting methods
Only hunting with smooth-bore shotguns is permitted in Greece.
The only firearms permitted are smooth-bore shotguns. 12-bore is most popular 16 and 20-bores are used as well.
Ksellas - Hellenic Hunters Confederation
8 Fokionos & Ermou Str.
GR - 105.63 Athens
tel: +30 210 32 31 271
fax: +30 210 32 22 755