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Iran: New Hunting Season Regulations for Foreigners

Tehran, 6 September 2005 (CHN) -- By the beginning of the new hunting season in Iran, travel agencies which are active in attracting foreign hunters are resuming their business more enthusiastically.

With some restrictions having been lifted or eased and promises to revise the tariff and prices for foreign hunters, the new hunting season in Iran seems quite ravishing.

Security regulations in Iran ban foreign hunters from entering Iran with their arms and ammunitions unless their trip is coordinated with one of the ten authorized Iranian travel agencies which provide hunting tours for foreigners.

"When a foreign hunter applies for the tour, the travel agency in Iran is incumbent to open a security file for the person and submit the essential documents to Iranian officials. Once the agreements of Iran Environment Organization and Iran Arms and Ammunitions Office are obtained, a special permit will be issued to entitle the foreign hunter to bring his guns and ammunitions into the country," said Afshin Karami, an official with Iran Environment Organization.

Upon the arrival of the hunter, the agency is also incumbent to leave deposits with Iran Customs Office, the airport, and Iran Environment Organization to guarantee the return of the arms and ammunitions, however, the sum of deposits varies.

After the verification of the permit by a representative of Iran Arms and Ammunitions Office, the guns and other related stuff brought into the country are assessed to determine the amount of deposits which are to be left by Iran Customs and the air port. However, the deposit with Iran Environment Organization is bid according to the animal which is aimed to prey. The deposit for those hunters coming to hunt either wild boar or birds is approximately 2800 dollars and for those who want to hunt any other quadruped mammal is 16700 dollars.

The deposits remain with Iran Environment Organization till the end of the tour and then according to the measures of trophy and a tariff set by the organization a part of this deposit is deducted as the cost of the hunt and the rest is paid back to the agency.

"When the hunt is finished, the guard who accompanies them during the hunt will measure the trophies and then put the fur and the head of the hunted animal in a box and seal it. Once the fees are deducted and the deposit is released, the box will be sent to the hunter's address outside Iran," added Karami.

The trophy of horned species is assessed based on the length of their horns. Wild rams, for instance, depending on their breed and the length of their horns may cost variably from 1200 dollars to 5500 dollars. Karami also asserted that the hunting tariff and prices in Iran are relatively higher as compared to those of some other neighboring countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan, which have caused these countries to enjoy a larger number of foreign hunters.

"Last year we only issued 192 hunting permits for foreign hunters which is far less than the capacity and potentials we have in the country," noted he, "so to attract more tourists and foreign hunters to Iran, these tariff and prices are to be revised this year."

He also indicated that this year hunters can bring up to 20 cartridges with themselves while this limit was set on a maximum of 10 cartridges in previous years.

The hunting season in Iran commences on September 23 and lasts until February 4, however the high season of foreign hunters normally coincides with January holidays.

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