The Baixo Guadiana inland is a territory with a strong appetence for hunting. In fact hunting is a common sport in the inland territory where affluence is constantly increasing, and not only by the strong occurrence of hunting fauna, but also because of the excelent natural conditions that the species develop and generate surpluses, which entails benefits for the species as for the hunters. In Portugal, hunting is regulated, being defined the hunting seasons and which species are protected and others forbidden for capture in order to ensure sustainable exploitation of hunting resources.
Alcoutim is one of the country's municipalities with greater demand for hunting practice. In Algarve Alcoutim is in fact the most hunting municipality, having almost half of the tourist hunting areas in the Region. Hunting species as the partridge, the rolls, rabbit, hare, wild boar and fox is practiced in Alcoutim lands since immemorial time, always associated with the delicious cuisine.
Here hunting is already a major source of employment, direct and indirect, in the municipality, as well as a substantial incoming revenues. On the other hand, hnting has contributed to increasing the flow of visitors. Hunting is the most emblematic business card from Alcoutim.
Perhaps by the cultural roots, after the Hunting Law have allowed the creation of Associative and Touristic Hunting zones, civil society from Alcoutim expressed great associative dynamism and business, having many hunting associations.
With 300 km2, the municipality of Castro Marim has a universe of about 20 hunting associations. This activity has suffered a remarkable evolution in the municipality over the past few years, increasingly visible the huntable species and their preservation. Here the hunting work has been recognized, not only as regards to the preservation of species, but also in the field of fire prevention.
All information about the hunting can be found in detail in the Algarve Hunters Federation website at: http://www.fcalgarve.pt/