Suppressors Now Legal for Hunting in Bavaria (Germany)

Marienberg Fortress, Bavaria, Germany

In an interesting turn of events across the Atlantic, our friends in the German Free State of Bavaria are now allowed to hunt with a suppressor. All Shooters reports (translated from German using Google Translate)…

The authority responsible for hunting rights in Bayern authority – the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry (StMELF) – In early August 2015 informed that should be approved immediately requests from hunters for the use of silencers. This innovation has been a long time longed by many hunters. What does this mean? You as a hunter can now submit an application, which is also approved as a rule from. However, some information you need to yet.

What this means, I am told by my friend Gabor Vass (Chief Editor of Kaliber Magazine) is that all local hunters from now can apply for a suppressor permit for their rifles. The permit is granted based on wording in the German Constitution.

Steve Johnson

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  • Bungameng

    Meanwhile, last year in the Czech Republic: night vision went from restricted to 80% of its price subsidized by the Ministry of Agriculture… money available to anyone who shoots more than 20 wild boars a year.

    As regards suppressors, it would be great if we could use them at gun ranges, but I would be very much against their use during hunting. The population density in Europe is much higher than in US, and at least in the Czech Republic anyone has a legal right to pass through unfenced property, including forests. Gunfire is often the only way you know someone is hunting there, only way to know which directions to avoid when you stroll the woods. We have a fair number of bystanders shot by hunters every year even without silencers.

    • quattro

      If you get shot during hunting perhaps the hunter needs more training, supressor or not.

      • Dan

        In a vast wooded area unless you know someone is there it could easily happen. Well the chance is there anyway. I am not a fan of hunting in areas like that for that very reason. I like to know if there is someone near by.

        • Tom

          When hunting the four rules still apply just as at the range. You need to be sure that you are not firing at something you do not wish to kill. If you can not positively determine what you are shooting at you should not take the shot.

          • Dan

            Yes i understand that, and that is all great in a perfect world where things go perfectly 100 percent of the time. I can control my actions but I cannot control the actions of others.

          • Tom

            Very true, but then lets blame the idiots for this not their tools. In much of Europe there is just not the land to separate hunters from other users of the countryside. So the two have to work with each other and since hunters are the ones with the guns that means making bloody sure what you are shooting at is an animal and not a bunch or geriatric ramblers (regardless of how irritating they can be).

          • Dan

            On that I couldn’t agree more. If I am planning on hunting close to trees I usually try to survey around them for any sign of people even then I tend to stay clear. Where I live there are very few wooded areas and is is mostly open prairie and bright orange is required for public big game hunting. Easy enough to see in the open but even in dense woods it can be tricky at times. Public land hunting can get downright scary at times and I’ve started and ended my day with in the first half hour due to the stupidity I witness right away.

      • KiwiGuy

        Agreed. There’s no restriction on suppressor ownership or use here in New Zealand. Loads of people hunt, a few hunters shoot each which is stupid. Biggest case we’ve had here had nothing to do with use of suppressors, but the action of a moron who chose to break all the rules. Ended up shooting a teacher in the head, mistaking her eyes for deer eyes after spotlighting (illegal in that area). Me I’ve got 4 🙂 love ’em !

        • Agree…it is ridiculous to even need a permit…all my hunting rifles are suppressed…better for everyone…my hunting mates, my ears, and best of all when you get on a mob you can have several goes at them because the suppressor confuses the animals.

      • Bungameng

        No argument there.

        But until all 110,000 hunters in the country get “more training”, I prefer to avoid forest areas from which loud bangs are coming rather than risk dying assured that I happened upon one of those who needs more training according to you.

    • Grindstone50k

      I don’t think the problem here is suppressors.

    • micmac80

      Suppresor doesn’t silence the weapon as a typical hunting round is well supersonic much of the noise remains but the noise to the shooter is greatly reduced.

      • Tim X

        Right, it only suppresses the sound muzzle blast, but that is MUCH louder than the crack of a supersonic round going by if you are within a couple hundred meters. Sure, at 600 meters, the bullet passing you might be louder than the muzzle blast. Hopefully you’re not in that situation. 😉

    • Tim X

      Man, where do I go to get my hunting permit in the Czech Repbulic??? Sounds like they have a lot of boar running around there. Can I bring my own weapon and ammo???

  • Kovacs Jeno

    Suppressor using in hunting is preferable for both the hunters’ ear and for the surrounding urbanized areas in Europe.

    • Tim X

      Right, but you don’t have as many social problems and crazies running around Europe like we do here in America. You’re getting there though. Just keep letting the immigrants from the Middle East and Africa keep pouring in.

      • Machinegunnertim

        I’m sorry, did you just mix up Europe with the U.S.?

  • Tim X

    Firstly I’ll say I’m an avid sports shooter. This will probably be an unpopular opinion here, but I have mixed feelings about making sound suppressors widely available and untracked here in America. I understand the advantages all around, but we also have to keep in mind the general societal conditions and I believe silencers would make the wrongful use of firearms increase dramatically. Come on, its only common sense…Look at the people in our society…If they’re brazen enough to shoot it out on our streets without them, a silencer gives them the key to committing murders all day and night. We have people here who will murder someone for $500. If you can’t think of a hundred scenarios in which a silencer would lead to someone going ahead and shooting someone else, then you’re not thinking. Having said all of that, sure, I’d like to have a suppressed AR or long range rig, but I just want the general public to have them. 😉

    • USMC03Vet

      lol that is absurd. You think g-unit is going to be hand loading sub sonic rounds for when they bust caps via the Prius and suppressor to make as little noise as possible?

      The same crew can easily make their own home made suppressors already and sometimes do. They won’t use a suppressor though because you can’t conceal anything with a suppressor anyway.

    • Ken

      Suppressors don’t actually silence guns, you know that right?

  • No guns but sauerkraut

    Thats interesting. They were legal in germany before, however they usually only issued them to hunters who could justify their usage because they were hunting within or close to city limits f.e. pest control.

    Even night vision for hunters are afaik currently being evaluated for night hunting approval.
    So far night vision scopes were illegal and akin to the posession of kriegswaffen(weapons of war) which brings a mighty prison sentence with it. I remember an article from bavaria 2013 that 42 hunters were testing IR Illuminators/thermal and light amplifying scopes.

    Night vision itself is not illegal, just mounting them to any firearm (or products meant to be mounted onto firearms). This includes anything that illuminates the target.
    Airsoft under 0,5 joule are considered “toys”. But the moment you mount a laser or flashlight they fall under our gun control laws and can land you in serious trouble.
    I wonder if this is about to change, or if this will be just a small exception for active registered hunters

  • ghost

    Nice digs.