Nonresident hunters must have a temporary arms permit in order to secure a license to hunt. Negotiations for this may be started through the nearest Italian consulate, allowing time for clearance of the application. Guns should be declared, along with ammunition, at the border upon entering Italy. The temporary arms permit should be presented with passport at the local police office in the area in which the hunter wishes to hunt. It is necessary that the visitor first have an invitation from the owner or tenant of a hunting site. Costs vary according to accommodations available. They can range from no cost at all, to just room and board in a nearby hotel, to complete share of the cost of renting the shooting site. There are no shooting regulations as to bag, hours, etc. Although the hunter may kill as many birds as he can hit, many sportsmen impose a self-limit of around one dozen.
SEASONS: From mid-August to mid-April. The best hunting is from the end of October through December and from early February through April, coinciding with the times of migration.
BEST HUNTING AREAS: The marshy swamps along coasts; inland lakes and rivers. Particularly good are areas between the Po and Tagliamento rivers; Apulia (in the south); Tuscany; Piedmont. Most shooting grounds are private, except in Apulia, where much of the land is public shooting area.
Visiting sportsmen may hunt on either private lands at the invitation of the owner or tenant, or on public lands by applying to the local authorities. If without a contact in Germany, apply in writing to any of the following for invitations or permission to hunt: Major Jans Krempel, Civil Affairs Office, U.S. Army Headquarters, Heidelberg; Herr Ulrich Scherping, Deutscher Jagdsch�tzverband, 3 Drachenfelsstrasse, Bonn; Bayerischer Jagdsch�tzen und J�gerverband, Luisenstrasse 25, Munich. Either a five-day permit or a one-year permit may be obtained, which in conjunction with a firearms permit (required for each weapon carried) and hunter's liability insurance, will permit hunting in any part of the country. There are no special regulations as to bag limits, hours of shooting, etc. Custom is to shoot at relatively close ranges, with jump shooting preferred to decoy hunting. Concealed stands, permanent blinds, boats and foot hunting are all popular. Decoys are rarely used.
SEASONS: From August 1 to January 31. The best time is fall.
Best hunting areas include the state of Schleswig-Holstein (bordering on Denmark); northern part of Lower Saxony (bordering on Holland); Baltic and North Sea coasts; valleys of Rhine, Weser, Inn, Elbe and Danube rivers; scattered lakes across country. Duck hunting grounds are predominantly private; those state-owned grounds which exist are in poor hunting areas and very small. Permission of local authorities is required to hunt on state-owned lands.
To secure a hunting license visiting hunters must submit an invitation to hunt in Holland to the Police Commissioner, The Hague. Detailed information as to serial number and caliber of weapons expected to be taken into the country must also be supplied. The license with this information on it will serve as a gun pass for crossing border.