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Feral Hunting in Australia

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Disclaimer
Always Check With Your Local State Authority On Laws & Updates To Policy.

QLD: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
NSW: 02 6391 3750
VIC: 136 186
SA: (+61 8) 8204 1910
TAS: 1300 368 550
WA: (08) 9219 9000
ACT: (02) 8238 6333

Introduction

There are many constant rules that are standard across Australia for the hunting of feral (pest) animals. The main is having a current firearms licence. There is also gaining the permission on the land holder before carrying out of any hunting on the land.

Feral/pest animals such as pigs, goat, rabbits and foxes cause a varied and large environmental and economic impact on Australia agriculture. These environmental impacts can be seen across all land types both public and private land. This is by the spread of invasive weeds, seeds and erosion. The fouling of water is caused by all feral animals and has a greater impact during periods of drought or the dry seasons on the northern states. Erosion is caused by several different means from removal of vegetation to the under borrowing of animals to build warrens or rotting up of land in hunt of roots to eat. Wild/feral animals also spread diseases that affect both native and domestic animals, with some diseases affecting humans.

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Australian Capital TerritoryNew South WalesNorthern TerritoryQueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmaniaVictoriaWestern Australia

Australian Capital Territory

In the ACT hunting is limited to feral animals on private property with the land owners’ permission. All that is required is a current firearms licence. Species classified as feral in the ACT are rabbit/hare, fox, pig, goat, feral cat and wild dog.

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Always Check With Your Local State Authority On Laws & Updates To Policy.

ACT: (02) 8238 6333

New South Wales

In New South Wales the rules for hunting are a little more structured. NSW has laws that allows the hunting of game, native, and non-protected species as well as hunting on a variety of public land. Appropriate licences, permits and regulations for the intended target species need to be adhered to. The games species in NSW are split into two different separate categories. Category One game species include all wild deer species and some birds. These species require a licence to hunt whether on private or declared public lands.

Category two game animals include a number of commonly referred to as feral animals, these are feral pigs, feral goats, wild dogs, feral cats, rabbits/hares, foxes and several game birds. These species do not require licences for hunting on private land, but may be hunted on declared public hunting lands with an appropriate licence. There are 350 state forest in NSW that are declared hunting lands. People wishing to hunt in these areas require a restricted game hunting licence.

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Always Check With Your Local State Authority On Laws & Updates To Policy.

NSW: 02 6391 3750

Northern Territory

In the Northern Territory the rules around hunting of feral animals is under a permit system for feral pigs. All other species classified as feral animals can be taken on private land with the landholders’ permission, under the normal conditions of a firearm licence. Animals classified as feral animals in the Northern Territory are feral cats, red fox, wild boar, goat, rabbits, wild dogs, and sambar deer. And several animals localised to the Northern Territory.

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Always Check With Your Local State Authority On Laws & Updates To Policy.

NT: (08) 8999 5511

Queensland

In Queensland there are no species of animal that are currently classified as game that can be taken by recreational hunters during an open season. Feral animal species can be taken on private property with the land holders permissions, and current firearms licence. The following animals are some of the species classified as pests in Queensland and can be targeted at any time – rabbit/hare, fox, feral pig, feral goat, fallow deer, wild dogs and feral cats.

Disclaimer
Always Check With Your Local State Authority On Laws & Updates To Policy.

QLD: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

South Australia

In South Australia open seasons under certain conditions permit the hunting of species of protected game. All introduced animal species can be hunted with no bag restrictions, however a hunting permit is required before it is permissible to hunt such animals. The ‘basic’ permit enables a person to hunt all introduced animal species. The following species are classified as feral in South Australia and can be taken any time on private property with the land owners’ permission – feral goat, pig, deer, rabbit and fox.

Disclaimer
Always Check With Your Local State Authority On Laws & Updates To Policy.

SA: (+61 8) 8204 1910

Tasmania

In Tasmania pest or feral animals can be taken at any time on both private land, state forest and crown land. Pest animals such as rabbits/hares, foxes; and feral domestic animals (pigs, goats) can be taken at any time on crown land, state forest and private property with permission of the land owner. There are gazetted open seasons to take deer in Tasmania.

Disclaimer
Always Check With Your Local State Authority On Laws & Updates To Policy.

TAS: 1300 368 550

Victoria

In Victoria a person can currently hunt a variety of game species under state licence system. All other pest or feral animals can be taken from both state forest and private land with permission of the land holder without permit. There are declared open season subject to seasonal variations for red deer, sambar deer and fallow deer. In Victoria the following species are classified as pests and can be hunted at any time – Rabbit/hare, foxes, feral dogs, feral goats, and feral pigs.

Disclaimer
Always Check With Your Local State Authority On Laws & Updates To Policy.

VIC: 136 186

Western Australia

In Western Australia is limited to taking feral and pest animals on private property with the land owners’ permissions. These are some of the species classified as feral in Western Australia – rabbit/hare, foxes, pigs, goats, and wild dogs.

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Always Check With Your Local State Authority On Laws & Updates To Policy.

WA: (08) 9219 9000


Conclusion

All states require a current firearm licence and gaining a licence varies between states all involve taking a course that cover state laws and regulations. The safe use of firearms and correct storage and transport, so before preparing to go hunting in Australia make sure you have the current licences and permits for the state you will be in.

When hunting any feral animal species in Australia knowing the current calibre and method for the most humane way to kill the animal is the most important thing that needs to respected. Safety covers both hunter and other animal species in the surrounding environment. The laws are put in place to make sure everyone has an understanding of the rules and regulations of the safe practices to have the best outcome for everyone.

Disclaimer
Always Check With Your Local State Authority On Laws & Updates To Policy.

QLD: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
NSW: 02 6391 3750
VIC: 136 186
SA: (+61 8) 8204 1910
TAS: 1300 368 550
WA: (08) 9219 9000
ACT: (02) 8238 6333

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