Applying for a declaration of game and hunting damage

If a plot of land belonging to a community hunting district or affiliated to a community hunting district is damaged by shell game, wild rabbits or pheasants, the hunting cooperative must compensate the injured party for the damage to the game.

If a plot of land belonging to a community hunting district or affiliated to a community hunting district is damaged by shell game, wild rabbits or pheasants, the hunting cooperative must compensate the injured party for the damage to the game. The compensation paid from the cooperative fund is to be borne by the individual hunting comrades according to the ratio of the area of their participating land. If the hunting tenant has taken over the compensation for the damage caused by the game in whole or in part, the hunting tenant is obliged to pay compensation. The obligation of the hunting cooperative to pay compensation shall remain in force if the injured party cannot obtain compensation from the lessee.

Game damage to land attached to a self-hunting district must be compensated by the owner or the beneficiary of the self-hunting district. In the case of leasing, the hunting tenant is liable if he has committed himself in the lease agreement to compensate for the damage caused by game. In this case, the owner or the beneficiary is only liable if the injured party cannot obtain compensation from the lessee.

In the case of land belonging to a self-hunting district, apart from the cases referred to in paragraph 2, the obligation to compensate for damage caused by game (paragraph 1) is based on the legal relationship between the injured party and the person entitled to hunt. Unless otherwise specified, the person entitled to hunt is liable for compensation if he is responsible for the damage due to inadequate shooting.

In order to assert claims for compensation, the damage caused by game must be reported to the local regulatory authorities of the offices and the district-free city. Field damage must be reported 1 week after notification, forest damage by 1 May or 1 October of the year after notification.

Payments to compensate for the damage caused by wild animals are made after notification and damage assessment by the responsible wildlife damage compensation funds.

  • Name of the person liable for damages
  • Field map excerpt with the marked damage area

Preconditions

  • Timely application to the local regulatory authority
  • Proof of damage

Related Links

  • §§ 26 ff. Federal Hunting Act (BJagdG)
  • Ordinance on the Pre-Litigation Procedure in Game and Hunting Damage Cases (WJSchadVO)
  • §§ 34 ff. Lower Saxony Hunting Act (NJagdG)
  1. Application
  2. Summons to the local appointment
  3. On-site visit with damage estimate
  4. Termination of the proceedings by valid agreement
  5. If no amicable agreement: Preparation of an expert opinion
  6. Termination of the proceedings by pre-trial decision

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

Last update or date of publication
05.07.2022