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.
Stay safe this bushfire season
With summer upon us we're reminding licence holders to check the NSW Rural Fire Service website regularly for information on current bushfire locations and Total Fire Bans.
Hunting on public land is not permitted on Total Fire Ban days.
State forests may be closed to hunting at short notice due to fire threats. You should check the RFS website for information about fire bans.
Game Licensing Unit may try to contact you in the event of an emergency. Ensure your contact details are correct as we may need this information. If you need to update your details, contact our Customer Service team.
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 online 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.
Supplementary pest control trials in national parks
Supplementary pest control trials in NSW national parks and reserves are managed by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage