Night time pig hunting on public land

Several NSW State forests that are declared for hunting allow night time hunting of pigs using dogs. As most hunting on public land is during daylight hours only, night time hunting of pigs is subject to special conditions and firearms cannot be used or be present in the vehicle.

South coast trial

Six State forests on the south coast of NSW will trial night time hunting of pigs using dogs, subject to special conditions.

The trial starts on 17 June 2016 and will run for six months up to 17 November 2016. A review to assess any future night time pig hunting in these forests will be carried out after the trial.

State forests included in the trial are:

  • Bolaro State forest
  • Buckenbowra State forest
  • Currowan State forest
  • Timbillica State forest
  • Towamba State forest
  • Yambulla State forest.

Hunters must hold a NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence and have night-time hunting and their dog's details indicated on their Written Permission to hunt.

Night time pig hunting special conditions

Hunting pigs using dogs on declared public land is permitted from 30 minutes after sunset through to 30 minutes before sunrise (unless 'not allowed' appears in 'Other Specific Conditions' on the Written Permission), subject to the following conditions:

  • Licence holders must operate as a team, minimum of two (all hunters must possess a valid NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence and a valid Written Permission for the area being hunted).
  • Licence holders must carry a torch, UHF radio and GPS device loaded with current mapping data.
  • Each hunting dog must have a form of illumination attached to them.
  • No firearms are to be carried on the hunt (including in the vehicle).
  • No spotlights (an artificial light source powered by 4.5 volts or more) are to be used on the hunt.

Regulations for hunting pigs using dogs

Schedule 1 of the Game and Feral Animal Control Regulation 2012 sets out the general conditions that apply to any hunting of pigs using dogs on public land:

  • Dogs must only locate, hold or bail pigs;dogs must not be allowed to maul or kill pigs and hunters must take all necessary steps to ensure that their dogs do not inflict unnecessary pain on the pig.
  • A licence holder hunting alone must not use more than three dogs for locating, holding or bailing pigs.
  • A group of licence holders must not use more than five dogs for locating, holding or bailing pigs.
  • Dogs must be microchipped; be wearing a collar with a metal tag or label attached which shows the name, address and telephone number of the owner of;the dog, and must be wearing a radio tracking collar or be on a lead.
  • The licence holder using the dog must ensure it does not chase any other species of animal.
  • The licence holder must not leave or abandon the dog on public land.

Code of Practice

Read the Hunters' Code of Practice.

Licence holders must abide by the Hunters' Code of Practice at all times.

The final item (8) specifically relates to hunting using dogs:

8. Use of dogs

Dogs and other animals may be used by licence holders, but only if:

  • their use is not in contravention with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979; and
  • their use is with the permission of the occupier of the land concerned.

Night time pig hunting forests

The forests listed below are subject to seasonal or operational closures.

A valid Written Permission is required to hunt in these forests and must be carried at all times while hunting, along with a valid NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence.

Night time pig hunting forests Canobolas State forest
Carabost State forest
Coricudgy State forest
Glenwood State forest
Gurnang State forest
Hanging Rock State forest
Jenolan State forest
Mullions Range State forest
Mundaroo State forest
Nowendoc State forest
Nundle State forest
Pennsylvania State forest
Pilliga East State forest
Pilliga West State forest
Roseberg State forest
Riamukka State forest
Sunny Corner State forest
Tallaganda State forest
Vulcan State forest