Obtaining the certificate of aptitude for hunting

The hunting examination is composed of three separate tests: a shooting test, a written test, and an oral and practical test.

This exam, which must be passed in order to obtain a hunting permit, is preceded by practical training at one or more hunting grounds in Luxembourg, and preparatory and advanced training courses.

A candidate who passes the three individual tests within a 3-year period will receive a certificate of aptitude for hunting, attesting that they have passed the Luxembourg hunting exam.

The exam is held once a year. However, a second annual session is held for each of the tests.

Who is concerned

Any person who wishes to obtain a hunting permit must produce a certificate showing that they have passed the Luxembourg hunting exam, or another foreign exam that is validly recognized.

Prerequisites

Prior to the exam, the hunting commission rules on candidates' eligibility. Only those candidates who present a duly completed personal training log will be permitted to take the exam.

By decision of the hunting commission, holders of foreign permits may be admitted to the exam if they prove that they have practical hunting experience at least equivalent to the practical training.

Deadlines

Applications for the practical course and for the preparatory courses for the exam should be sent to the Nature and Forestry Agency (Administration de la nature et des fôrets) before the 1 April of the current year.

Costs

For admission to the preparatory courses and the exam, candidates will be required to pay a registration fee of EUR 150.

The fee covers the following:

  • enrolment fees for the courses and the hunting exam;
  • the documentation given to candidates during the courses;
  • insurance costs for the reconditioning of guns and rifles during the training sessions and the hunting exam;
  • the cost of the ammunition used during the hunting examination and the cost of the manual recommended to candidates.

The required fee must be paid to the collector at the Indirect Tax Authority (Administration de l'enregistrement et des domaines – AED), or wired/deposited into that administration's Luxembourg Postal Checks Accounts (CCPL) account—account no. IBAN LU47 1111 0087 9262 0000—with the memo stating "Examen de chasse 20/guichet/en/citoyens/loisirs-benevolat/permis-licences/pratique-chasse/20..". The receipt must be sent together with the registration application to the Nature and Forestry Agency (Administration de la nature et des forêts), Nature Office (Service de la Nature).

How to proceed

Registration procedure

Candidates must register for the preparatory courses and practical training session using the form provided for that purpose.

To be admitted to the courses and training sessions, the candidate must produce:

  • a receipt from the Indirect Tax Authority proving payment of the fee for the preparatory courses and aptitude exam to obtain a first hunting permit;
  • permission from a parent or guardian, if the candidate is a minor.

In addition, candidates must indicate the first and last name and address of their training supervisor, as well as the hunting ground(s) where the training took place.

Practical training

Practical training must be completed before taking the hunting examination. Sessions takes place between 1 May and 31 December of the current year.

The training is carried out at one or more hunting grounds in Luxembourg, with the holder of a hunting permit who has leased a hunting ground for at least 5 years, or with a delegate appointed by the lessee who also holds a hunting permit.

Training supervisors and their delegates must not have:

  • been sentenced in the last 10 years for violations of hunting, fishing, or nature-protection laws;
  • had their hunting permit revoked in the 2 years preceding the beginning of the training.

A training supervisor may train at most 3 trainees during a training period.

The subjects to be taught are described in the document relating to the hunting examination.

The candidate must prove that they attended at least 20 sessions on the hunting ground by recording them in the training log provided by the administration at the beginning of the training period. Certain subjects are mandatory during the training, such as the evisceration of two pieces of big game, and accompanying the training supervisor on two ambush or tracking hunts, and two group hunts.

The training log must contain the names and addresses of the trainee and the training supervisor, the name of the hunting ground(s) where the training takes places, and, for each session, the date, the subjects taught, and the training supervisor's signature.

Preparation and advanced courses

The Nature and Forestry Agency offers a 60-hour programme of theoretical preparatory courses and advanced courses. These courses are primarily taught in Luxembourgish. The documentation given to candidates is primarily in German.

Introduction to shooting

The Nature and Forestry Agency, in close collaboration with the Saint Hubert Hunters Association of Luxembourg (Fédération Saint Hubert des Chasseurs du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg), offers introductory and training sessions in shooting.

Candidates are introduced to the following areas:

  • shooting, with a rifle, at target figures of standing boars: from a distance of 100 metres, shooter sitting supported;
  • shooting, with a rifle, at target figures of roe deer: from a distance of 100 metres, shooter standing supported;
  • shooting with a rifle, at moving target figures of running boars: from a distance of 50 metres, shooter standing;
  • shooting with hunting rifle at clay targets: from a distance of 11 metres, shooter standing, from the shoulder.

Optics-equipped rifles are permitted for shooting from distances of between 50 and 100 metres.

Weapons are available from the Nature and Forestry Agency. Suitable ammunition is available on-site. Candidates are not authorised to use other weapons or ammunition during official training or during the shooting test portion of the hunting examination.

The hunting examination

The hunting examination is composed of 3 independent, individual tests: a written test, an oral and practical test, and a shooting test.

Candidates who pass all three tests within a period of 3 years receive a certificate of aptitude for hunting.

Examination dates are set by the administration. The administration also sets the deadline for the submission of applications to take the aptitude examination. Candidates are informed of these dates by letter at least 2 months before the date of the first test.

In their application, using the form provided by the administration, candidates must indicate which tests they wish to take, as well as, if applicable, the year in which they passed any other portion of the examination.

The administration will send a notice to each candidate admitted to the exam specifying the date, time, and venue of the test. To be admitted to the exam sessions, candidates must bring their notice and some form of ID.

Written test

The written test covers the subjects taught in the preparatory courses. Candidates have 2 hours to answer the questions.

Any cheating or attempted cheating will result in the immediate expulsion of the candidate and the cancellation of their theoretical test. Candidates who are eliminated in this manner may not take any of the tests during that year.

The test is made up of the following 6 sections:

  • legislation (20 points);
  • ecology and human activities (20 points);
  • wild animals (40 points);
  • hunting practices (20 points);
  • weapons and ammunition (10 points);
  • safety (10 points).

To pass the written test, candidates must obtain at least half of the points in the "safety" section and in at least 4 of the other 5 sections, as well as two-thirds of the points in the 6 sections overall, i.e., they must obtain at least 80 out of 120 points.

If their score is below the pass mark, the candidate may attend the 2nd session of the written test in the same year.

A candidate who did not attend the first session of the written test for duly documented reasons may be authorised by the examination commission to attend the second written test session in the same year.

There is a period of at least 1 month and at most 3 months between the two sessions.

Candidates who pass the written test receive a certificate issued by the administration. The certificate attests that the candidate has passed the written portion of the hunting examination. The certificate is valid for 3 consecutive years.

The oral and practical test

The oral and practical test takes into account the requirements of the practice of hunting and may use practical examples as well as teaching materials, slides, photos, or any other media. The test may not exceed 45 minutes per candidate.

Each candidate's performance is assessed separately by each of the commission members present at the test. When the test is completed, the examination commission meets to decide which candidates will be passed and which will not.

Candidates who do not pass may attend the 2nd session of the oral and practical test in the same year.

A candidate who does not attend the first session of the oral and practical test for duly documented reasons may be authorised by the examination commission to attend the second session of the oral and practical test in the same year.

There is a period of at least 1 month and at most 3 months between the two sessions.

Candidates who pass the oral and practical test receive a certificate issued by the agency. The certificate attests that the candidate has passed the oral and practical portion of the hunting examination. The certificate is valid for 3 consecutive years.

The shooting test

The shooting test covers the following subjects, each with minimal performances requirements:

  • handling weapons and safety measures - no errors are permitted;
  • shooting, with a rifle, at a target figure of a standing boar; from a distance of 100 metres, 5 shots, shooter sitting supported - 3 hits in rings 8-10;
  • shooting, with a rifle, at a target figure of a roe deer; from a distance of 100 metres, 5 shots, shooter standing supported - 3 hits in rings 3-10;
  • shooting, with a rifle, at a moving target figure of a running boar; from a distance of 50 metres, 5 shots, shooter standing - 2 hits in the rings;
  • shooting a hunting rifle at 15 clay figures - 5 hits.

Candidates who fail to pass one or more of the shooting disciplines may attend a 2nd session immediately after the 1st session in the area(s) in which they failed. The same rule applies to the 2nd session of the test in the same year. At the 2nd session, candidates must take the test only in the areas in which they failed in the 1st session.

A candidate who did not attend the first session of the shooting test for duly documented reasons may be authorised by the examination commission to attend the 2nd session of the shooting test in the same year.

Dangerous behaviour at the shooting ground, or serious violations of safety rules during the test, will result in the immediate expulsion of the candidate from the session.

Candidates who pass the shooting test receive a certificate issued by the administration. The certificate attests that the candidate has passed the shooting portion of the hunting examination. The certificate is valid for 3 consecutive years.

Forms / Online services

Inscription à l'examen de chasse / Anmeldung zur Jägerprüfung

To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 1, Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

Prolongation d'inscription à l'examen de chasse / Verlängerung der Einschreibung zur Jägerprüfung

To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 1, Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

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