Basically, the decree details the number of Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo, Mäusebussard) and Northern Goshawks (Accipiter gentilis, Habicht) that can be shot in each of the state's 25 municipal districts (Bezirk), totalling 200 buzzards and 40 goshawks.
Here is my (very rough) translation of some of the text. Please do not take it as given that I have translated it accurately, read the original and decide for yourself:
Scope and goal
(1) This decree relates to the following wildlife:
(2) The goal of this decree is the avoidance of possible risk for the bird species mentioed in (1), above, through the granting of an exception to the hunting/killing ban by regulating how it is carried out and under the following conditions:
- Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
- Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
Information and reporting duty
- the sustainable use of the population in small numbers
- excluding the breeding, nesting, and raising periods
- making sure that only the species in question are affected
- reporting of all hunting
All shot buzzards and goshawks need to be handed in to one of five people/companies from which they will be collected and used for an unnamed accompanying scientific study.
- Before attempting to shoot one of the raptors, a registered hunter needs to contact the office of the Lower Austrian Hunting Association (Landesgeschäftsstelle des NÖ Landesjagdverbandes, Wickenburggasse 3, 1080 Wien, Tel. 01/40516360) to check how many (if any) of the raptors have already been shot and if the limit has been reached.
- In order for record keeping and scientific interest, each raptor shooting needs to be reported along with information such as the species, where and when it was shot, and any taf or ring information.
- Once a year (on 15 May), the hunting association needs to write a report based on the previous year's hunt.
Some things that stand out to me in the relevant European law (Council Directive 79/409/EEC of 2 April 1979 on the conservation of wild birds) include:
Article 7 - neither species is in annex II (the list of species that - at the state's own discretion - may be hunted)
Article 9 states:
1. Member States may derogate from the provisions of Articles 5, 6, 7 and 8, where there is no other satisfactory solution, for the following reasons:
(a) - in the interests of public health and safety,
- in the interests of air safety,
- to prevent serious damage to crops, livestock, forests, fisheries and water,
- for the protection of flora and fauna;
(b) for the purposes of research and teaching, of re-population, of re-introduction and for the breeding necessary for these purposes;
(c) to permit, under strictly supervised conditions and on a selective basis, the capture, keeping or other judicious use of certain birds in small numbers.
All and all, this remains a bit of a puzzle to me.