Indian hunters are going through tough times after a government decision to ban the sale of boars in the country prompted a sharp decline in boar numbers in the last five years.
The government on Monday announced a moratorium on hunting boar in the national parks and other national wildlife sanctuaries.
In the last two years, boar populations in the seven national parks fell by nearly a third compared to the same period a decade ago.
Boar hunting is banned in the rest of the country but there are still plenty of hunting opportunities in many of the remaining national parks.
“I can’t go hunting in my own backyard.
It’s not as easy as I thought it would be.
I can’t get the job in my backyard and I am working for a small company.
It is a lot tougher than I thought,” said Ramesh Jha, a hunter in Gondia, an area that includes Bhujangjara National Park and its neighbouring Bhojangpara National Park.
Jha said he had not received any compensation from his company, and that he would have to make a very hard decision if he wanted to go hunting again.
The hunting ban in India was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February to stop poaching of boar, a popular game in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
But many hunters in the areas affected by the ban have said they would still like to go out and hunt boar.
In fact, a group of about 40 hunters gathered for a meeting on Sunday in Bhujayangparas National Park in southern India.
They were met by the local government, who said they had not been given any reason to cancel their hunt.
“It is not just a ban, it is a prohibition,” said Rajesh Kumar, who leads a group in Bhojayangpara National park in the south of the park.
“We want to continue our hunting activities and continue to keep the boar population at a low,” he said.
“For the last 10 years, we have been getting some relief from the government.
We are still working for some time, but it is not going to be easy.
We will have to take a decision based on the situation.”
Jha, however, said he was not worried.
“No, not at all.
It will be fine.
If we get any compensation, we will take it,” he told IndiaSpend.
“It’s not going anywhere.
There is a law and a government that has taken action.”