Changes to the hunting regulations in Poland17.03.2020
Several changes to the hunting regulations in Poland were made in autumn 2019. The changes concern, among others, the use of artificial light, thermal imaging devices and night vision equipment on a night hunting in Poland.
The changes allow to use artificial light while searching for wounded game. Devices emitting the light must always be attached to the weapon, though. It is a very practical solution wanted by the Polish hunters.
However, it does not imply any further changes to the regulations defining the use of artificial light during a hunt. It is still illegal and it may still be punishable by imprisonment to hunt and/or shoot a wounded animal using devices emitting artificial light (e.g. flashlights).
It means that it still is not allowed to use flashlights, thermal imaging devices, night vision equipment and any other devices of this kind during a night hunting in Poland.
Nevertheless, the new regulations enable to use thermal imaging devices and night vision equipment during a wild boar hunting. Such devices can though only be used instead of a flashlight to observe the game.
It is though important to remember that it is only permitted to use optical devices in which the image is created thanks to natural light.
Source: Regulation of the Minister of Environment of 10 September 2019 amending the regulation on detailed conditions for carrying out huntings and marking carcasses;
Miłosz Kościelniak-Marszał, Zmiany w regulaminie polowań (Changes to the hunting regulations in Poland), Brać Łowiecka (11/2019)