Hunting in Switzerland

Information on hunting in Switzerland, including hunting restrictions, seasons, regions, guns and weapons...

Hunting is authorised in Switzerland as a way of keeping the population of game animals under control and minimising the damage caused by wild animals.

Hunting Regulations

The Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) is responsible for federal legislation with regard to hunting.

  • For information on the legal status, visit the website of the local cantonal offices that deal with hunting regulations and permits.

Hunting is regulated on a local level with each canton having the power to issue its own laws. The canton also determines the open dates for the hunting season.

Hunting Permits

All hunters must have a hunting permit/licence issued by the cantonal authorities. The type of licence available and the price varies between the cantons.

In order to qualify for a licence, applicants must be over the age of 20, pass a test and fulfil a range of conditions.

Hunting in Geneva and Vaud

Hunting has been banned in Geneva canton since 1974.

Hunting is permitted in Vaud. Information on the hunting season, restrictions and permits is available from the Département de la Sécurité et de l'Environment

Further Information

  • The Association of Swiss Hunters website ChasseSuisse (in French)