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Dear Friends of the CIC,

It is a great honor and my utmost pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the CIC, from April 27 – 30, 2017 in Montreux, on the occasion of the 64th CIC General Assembly.

Our motto, “Harmony with Wildlife - Urban and Rural Perceptions”, captures a theme which is increasingly conflictual on all continents of our world. Ignorance about sustainable hunting combined with an indifference, blatant disregard, and sometimes an almost religious defensiveness against anything that has to do with the killing of an animal, are mainly responsible for our great efforts to educate the public not yet reaching their desired level of success. Despite this, it is important to note that we are on the right track and that the continuous falsehoods, which are brought up by our critics and opponents, are losing their credibility more and more. The tireless efforts of the CIC, on all fronts, to inform and educate have certainly played a large role in this. It is our duty towards nature to campaign in the name of hunting. Everyone needs to—and should—do so as their possibilities allow. Our upcoming General Assembly will offer many excellent opportunities for this.

We need to communicate with the outside world through the use of modern social media

We must be willing to make financial sacrifices, who else will do it if not us?

We need to make policy makers, scientific institutions, and in general all of our fellow hunters carefully take into account the importance of nature conservation through the integration of hunting.

The goal is to resolve the profound differences in the conceptions of hunting in the city and the countryside. There is hardly a better platform to achieve this goal than at our General Assembly. The CIC is looking forward to seeing you in Montreux soon, in order to successfully continue on this common path.

George Aman
President of CIC

Dear friends of the CIC,

It is my great pleasure and honour to invite you to the 64th general meeting in Montreux on behalf of the Swiss delegation. This is the second time – after 1990 in Lucerne – that Switzerland has the honour of hosting such an important event for the CIC. The general meeting in Montreux is themed: “In unison with our deer – urban and rural perceptions”. Switzerland is a small, densely populated country, which inevitably faces conflicts between nature and humans. We are convinced that this will provide ample ground for discussion. In addition, we are going to surprise our guests with interesting trips during which they will get to know Montreux with all its sights, its unique cultural character and obviously, its culinary delights.

We hope that you will look forward to the 64th General meeting in Montreux, canton of Waadt, and that you all may take us up on our invitation.

Emmanuel La Roche
Head of Delegation Switzerland

Montreux - a very special place for our convention



Hunting in Switzerland

Although each canton organises the hunt independently, overall supervision is carried out by the Federation. The canton-based authorities can count on voluntary and professional support from the hunting community. In Switzerland, we distinguish between two main types of hunting. The cantons either decide on license-based hunting or area-based hunting by renting out restricted areas in the cantonal region. From a total of 26 cantons, 16 cantons – including the host canton of Waadt – have decided on license-based hunting and 9 cantons on area-based hunting. In the canton of Geneva, state-funded gamekeepers regulate the population of wildlife. 
In Switzerland, 30,000 huntsmen bag approximately 70,000 deer, roe deer, chamois and boar each year. The game revenue, which includes fees and rent, earned by the cantons, adds up to the rather considerable total of approximately CHF 45 million. This, however, does not include the elaborate and time consuming voluntary work.


Harmony with Wildlife – Urban and rural perceptions