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 and compliance, and administers important hunting programs like:

  • native game bird management program
  • hunting on public land
  • Hunter Learning, Education and Accreditation Program (LEAP)
  • inland bowfishing trial
  • GunSmart (the NSW firearms safety initiative)
  • responsible pig dogger program.

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