February 10, 2019 at 6:19 pm
CHITRAL: Due to the frequent and heavy rainfall in Chitral valley, the number of migratory ducks has increased which descend to the lakes and river water during their course of migration from Siberia to the southern parts of the country.
About 1.2 million migratory birds with majority of ducks passed through Chitral valley longitudinally every year which serves as their flyway according to the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) while the flocks of ducks included many globally important species.
The ducks start their migration from Siberia in the month of February in large flocks mostly in night time in high altitude and tend to follow the path above the river while a good fraction of the flocks descend to the ponds, lakes and the river in dawn and day time due to inclement weather.
Fazlur Rahman of Booni village said that duck hunting has been and remains to be a popular pastime of the people of Chitral who carried out hunting not only in the river water but they also raise artificial lakes to lure the birds to descend into it.
He said that during the two month of the hunting season, the hunters leave behind all other activities and spend most of the time in the kiosk along their lakes or river bank waiting for the birds.
He said that the hunters spent a large amount of money in raising ponds by diverting river water into it by using earth moving machineries, paid the government tax and also rear a hound which swim in the water of lake or river to carry the carcass of the hunted bird.
He said that some hunters used automatic rifles and ruthlessly hunted down the whole flock of ducks in contravention of the laid down rules of hunting due to the negligence of the department of wild life..