Originally Posted by 4thIDvet
How does it work, if you want too go hunting in Europe, for us without that license.
Can we bring a weapon there?
Or do you have too rent one upon arrival?
Every country has different sets of rules, but the EU is trying standardize the process. I can only speak about the Republic of Ireland, (not Northern Ireland)
if you were going out for the day and have friends or relatives well borrowing maybe a option
first the only true hunting license is for deer on state owned land, everything else there is no license or orange safety clothing, also almost no game wardens, cause very few hunt.
but to possess a firearm & ammo in the field, one does need a Firearms certificate (FAC)
first you need to provide the police in advance by application that you have a hunting license here in america ( proof of training), second one needs to belong to a hunting & fishing club in Ireland, have 5 plus acres of hunting lands or a boat to hunt ducks,the owner must sign off on this. the FAC needs to be paid for with funds(Check) from a Irish Bank, also your firearms serial number needs to be on the FAC.
I renew for the upcoming year when I leave, so this is not for the average tourist, again you can go with a guide or a day or so trip without the Fac. they just changed the law so its not every years but every two years and more money
Yes you can bring your own gun but you must go through customs, both here and there and you must organize this well in advance, hassle hassle hassle
I go there every year for opening day for Pheasant and do ducks also, my best friend and landlord is a former Olympic shooter for Ireland. another friend is duck hunting guide on the shannon river. So this has been set up for me and I belong to a both a hunting skeet club and a fishing club( another friend runs this).
In the past I have been invited to hunt boar in germany, but I would use a weapon that belong to a german , using my fac, again this would be setup before I go
I have crossed a few borders with my shotgun, Scotland and Northern Ireland to hunt, very easy to do
I don't know about renting firearms, they are heavily regulated, if you know someone they MAY let you borrow one, I doubt it
if you have any questions feel free to ask