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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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|