Game and feral animals such as foxes and rabbits, wild deer, feral goats and pigs can have impacts on agricultural production, the environment and communities. Hunting is recognised as one of a number of tools used in the management of game and feral animals and also as a legitimate recreational pursuit.
The Game Licensing Unit manages hunter licensing, education, regulation and compliance, native game birds and the administration of hunting on public land in NSW.
NSW Game Hunting Licence holders are able to renew their licence online from 60 days prior to their expiry date up to 10 days after their expiry date.
Blackpowder hunting not permitted from 1 October
Licence holders are advised that hunting using blackpowder firearms is not permitted on declared public land between Wednesday, 1 October 2014 and Tuesday, 31 March 2015.
A ban on the use of blackpowder firearms occurs annually to coincide with the increased fire threat seen during Spring and Summer.
Licence holders are reminded to read, understand and sign their Written Permission and to keep up to date with alerts issued by the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Changes to legislation in NSW will now see the DPI Game Licensing Unit administer all licences for the harvest of native game birds in NSW.
The Game Licensing Unit will be organising R-Licence accreditation courses in various locations across the State in mid to late 2014. Hunters should complete and submit Form R - Expression of interest.
Before hunters are able to hunt in NSW State forests they must complete two new education modules. The new modules cover outdoor navigation and knowledge of written permission conditions.
State Forests re-declared on 14 January 2014 may be opened under new conditions.
Hunting trials in national parks
Hunting as a form of supplementary pest control in NSW national parks and reserves is managed by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage