Pest animals such as foxes and rabbits, and feral goats and pigs can have significant impacts on agricultural production, the environment and communities. Hunting is recognised as one of a number of tools used in the management of pests and also as a legitimate recreational pursuit.
The Game Licensing Unit manages hunter licensing, education, regulation and compliance, and the administration of hunting on public land in NSW.
Commencement of 2014 deer hunting season
The 2014 deer hunting season for fallow deer, red deer and wapiti opens on Saturday 1 March. This season will see a renewed focus on compliance and hunters are urged to ensure they meet the new mandatory requirements for carriage of GPS and comply with written permission conditions, particularly the mandatory wearing of an item of blaze orange clothing.
Hog deer may be hunted for the month of April only.
Chital deer, rusa deer and sambar deer may be hunted all year round.
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.
Information on extensions and refunds to be applied to R-licences following the suspension of public land hunting.
Hunting on NSW State Forests resumed on 3 February 2014, with strengthened controls.
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