Section 26 provides for the issuing of licences for a number of traditional hunting practices not involving firearms.
The hunting of hares with a pack of beagles or harriers during the closed season requires a licence under Section 26 (2). Section 26 (3) provides that the Minister may, on application by a club affiliated to the Irish Coursing Club, grant a licence to hold regulated coursing matches during the closed season for the hunting of hares.
Applications should be made in writing to:
National Parks and Wildlife Service,
Species Protection Unit,
Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs,
7 Ely Place,