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Re: american emigrant

Postby Get Real! » Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:09 am

francoamerican wrote:How much hunting goes on ? what animals ? is there a season and licenses, etc ? is this a problem when hiking ?

Small game… mostly partridges, hares, etc.

Hunting areas and seasons are published in newspapers but you can also get detailed maps from the hunting authority. A frequent hiker should be well versed with hunting areas and schedules.

..do most households have guns ? is the sale of guns controlled ? etc ?

Yeah but we’ve got lots due to many hunting shotgun licenses and army reservists (all fit males 20-65 basically) keeping rifles at home. We rank 5th in world gun ownership p/capita but luckily we’re pretty disciplined and thus have only 1 or 2 incidents p/annum if any.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_of_ ... by_country
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Re: american emigrant

Postby Paphitis » Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:10 am

Get Real! wrote:
francoamerican wrote:How much hunting goes on ? what animals ? is there a season and licenses, etc ? is this a problem when hiking ?

Small game… mostly partridges, hares, etc.

Hunting areas and seasons are published in newspapers but you can also get detailed maps from the hunting authority. A frequent hiker should be well versed with hunting areas and schedules.

..do most households have guns ? is the sale of guns controlled ? etc ?

Yeah but we’ve got lots due to many hunting shotgun licenses and army reservists (all fit males 20-65 basically) keeping rifles at home. We rank 5th in world gun ownership p/capita but luckily we’re pretty disciplined and thus have only 1 or 2 incidents p/annum if any.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_of_ ... by_country


Geez, I knew USA had a big problem but 88 in every 100 is friggin ridiculous! :shock:

They need to do something urgently but the Government has no balls to stand up to the Gun Lobby and the "right to bear arms" They all think they are John Wayne over there. :roll:

Anyway, it's generally illegal arms that cause most of the issues, not those who have registered their firearms with the authorities and who hold licences.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby Lordo » Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:17 pm

GreekIslandGirl wrote:
Lordo wrote: if you were tied up or locked in a cage for 23 hours i have no doubt you would bark just as much


Well, that explains why you're always howling! :P

how many more years baby.

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Re: american emigrant

Postby Lordo » Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:19 pm

or even this one. but this is not for you.

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Re: american emigrant

Postby Tim Drayton » Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:32 pm

francoamerican wrote:How much hunting goes on ? what animals ? is there a season and licenses, etc ? is this a problem when hiking ? do most households have guns ? is the sale of guns controlled ? etc ?


Hunting is huge in Cyprus. The majority of men are hunters, and in villages, it is the overwhelming majority. Basically, as far as I know, the hunting season is in the months of November, December, January and February and every Wednesday and Sunday, although there is a shorter period when it is every day. I walk in the hills frequently, and tend to give it a miss on hunting days although I have gone walking on hunting days occasionally. There are stories of hunters getting injured and even killed in crossfire every year which puts me off, although the probability of that happening must be miniscule. Hunters go into the hills with hunting rifles and dogs - I am no expert, but there are strict limitations on the kind of rifles they can use. Apart from that, there is absolutely no gun culture here in Cyprus and nobody goes around armed.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby B25 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:46 pm

Tim Drayton wrote:
francoamerican wrote:How much hunting goes on ? what animals ? is there a season and licenses, etc ? is this a problem when hiking ? do most households have guns ? is the sale of guns controlled ? etc ?


Hunting is huge in Cyprus. The majority of men are hunters, and in villages, it is the overwhelming majority. Basically, as far as I know, the hunting season is in the months of November, December, January and February and every Wednesday and Sunday, although there is a shorter period when it is every day. I walk in the hills frequently, and tend to give it a miss on hunting days although I have gone walking on hunting days occasionally. There are stories of hunters getting injured and even killed in crossfire every year which puts me off, although the probability of that happening must be miniscule. Hunters go into the hills with hunting rifles and dogs - I am no expert, but there are strict limitations on the kind of rifles they can use. Apart from that, there is absolutely no gun culture here in Cyprus and nobody goes around armed.


Tim only shotguns and .177 air rifles are allowed. Anything else is illegal. They are not rifles in the sense of the word, no small bore weapons are allowed.

The British were careful to write that into the 'constitution' and we were stupid enough to keep it there.

But yes, gun wise it is safe.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby Tim Drayton » Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:43 pm

B25 wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:
francoamerican wrote:How much hunting goes on ? what animals ? is there a season and licenses, etc ? is this a problem when hiking ? do most households have guns ? is the sale of guns controlled ? etc ?


Hunting is huge in Cyprus. The majority of men are hunters, and in villages, it is the overwhelming majority. Basically, as far as I know, the hunting season is in the months of November, December, January and February and every Wednesday and Sunday, although there is a shorter period when it is every day. I walk in the hills frequently, and tend to give it a miss on hunting days although I have gone walking on hunting days occasionally. There are stories of hunters getting injured and even killed in crossfire every year which puts me off, although the probability of that happening must be miniscule. Hunters go into the hills with hunting rifles and dogs - I am no expert, but there are strict limitations on the kind of rifles they can use. Apart from that, there is absolutely no gun culture here in Cyprus and nobody goes around armed.


Tim only shotguns and .177 air rifles are allowed. Anything else is illegal. They are not rifles in the sense of the word, no small bore weapons are allowed.

The British were careful to write that into the 'constitution' and we were stupid enough to keep it there.

But yes, gun wise it is safe.


Fair enough. I don't have much technical knowledge about these things.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:44 am

It seems to me that nobody will be able to tell you whether or not you will like living in Cyprus just by answering some questions on this forum. I am a foreigner living here permanently, and I love it, but that is no guarantee that anybody else will. Given that US citizens can come here visa free for 90 days, wouldn't the best thing be to come initially for a 90-day stay and make up your own mind how you feel about the place? If you then decide that you would like to stay for good, just leave the country and return, this time making use of the 90 days to start applying for permanent residence.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby Nikitas » Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:03 pm

Do households have guns? Yes, all male citizens who have completed their military service keep their assault rifle at home, just like in Switzerland. In the whole time this measure has been in force there have been only tw oincidents involving these assault rifles.

Other than those- no handguns, not even air pistols are allowed. No civilian type rifles are allowed either.

For hunting, only shotguns are allowed, single shot single barrels and double barrels are allowed. No autos or pumps.

Air rifles of 4,5 mm, no larger, can be owned with a permit.

Hunting is limited to a short winter period, restricted to several days per week, not daily, with a permit, and is policed by the police and a a dedicated game warden unit. Hunting is a strongly rooted tradition in Cyprus, and the rest of the Mediterranean region. As is fishing. Cyprus has a serious game management department and the highest density of chukar partridge in the world.

So if you have moral problems with any of the above most of the non moslem Mediterranean countries are likely to be a bind. Malta, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, all have strong hunting traditions.

Armed crime is rare.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby francoamerican » Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:57 am

Thank you all for the valuable information. Another issue I dont know much about is medical insurance: must i have such to apply for residency ? What is a rough estimate of the range of cost for a healthy 67yo man? How is medical care there structured and its quality ? I need to consider whether to get the minimum coverage required or more .

PS I posted a note in the classified section re seeking a long term rental in Polis area. I welcome your comments about that. I have been told that the best way to find a rental is to inquire at tavernas - do you concur ?
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