Where can I hunt?

Whether you are hunting on private or public land, you must have permission to hunt on that land. You may also need to hold a valid and appropriate hunting licence.

If you wish to hunt on private land, you must have permission from the landowner or manager to do so.

If you wish to hunt on public land, once you are licensed with some type of restricted hunting licence, you are able to gain permission to hunt through our Game Licensing Unit.

State forests

NSW State forests are working forests and must accommodate a range of recreational activities, primary production such as grazing and apiary, and timber harvesting. The Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) carefully balances community access and environmental management with operations to supply timber to the NSW economy, and recreational hunting is a mutually beneficial part of this balance.

FCNSW has assessed each declared NSW State forest to decide whether it should be open to R-Licensed hunters. Declared forests are given a category indicating whether the forest will be open to all hunting bookings, open to certain bookings or closed to general hunting (except under special control arrangements).

Our Game Licensing Unit works with FCNSW to issue Written Permission to hunt on declared public land to eligible NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence) holders.

A risk assessment evaluating the safety of hunting on public land was developed in 2005 and has been reviewed in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014. A stakeholder working group from a variety of government and non-government agencies participated in the process and the risk assessment meets the Australian / New Zealand Standard AS/NZS ISO31000:2009 Risk Management - Principles and Guidelines and the International Standard IEC/ISO 31010 Risk Management - Risk Assessment Techniques. The risk assessment was reviewed again at the end of 2014.

Forest categories

Declared State forests are now categorised into the following categories:

  • Category 1 - forest is open to online bookings 7 days-per-week.
  • Category 2 - forest is open to online bookings 7 days-per-week, with a possible peak hunting period where the public is excluded from the forest.
  • Category 3 - forest is open to online bookings weekends only. If a public holiday falls immediately before or after a weekend, it is classified as a weekend also.
  • Category 4 - forest is open to online bookings 7 days-per-week for bow hunting only.
  • Category 5 - closed to general hunting.

The category of each forest is determined by FCNSW and can be changed at any time, without notice. The online services portal will be updated within 24 hours of DPI receiving advice from FCNSW.

You must always check your Written Permission for the latest State forest access information and to ensure you have current quarterly maps with your permission.

One clear day provision

The 2014 review of the hunting in State forests risk assessment recommended a change to the requirement for one full day to pass between the date a Written Permission is booked and the time when hunting can commence, known as the one day clear provision.

The provision is in place to assist FCNSW schedule work in and around forests where hunting occurs. For example, if a Written Permission to hunt in Vulcan State forest was booked on Monday, the Written Permission holder could not start hunting until Wednesday to allow FCNSW time to modify their work schedule accordingly.

The one day clear provision only applies to the first Written Permission issued every day for each State forest that is available for hunting.

When a Written Permission is issued, bookings for the same forest with the same hunting day/s of the initial booking will not be subject to the one day clear provision. In other words, hunters can now book and hunt on the same day, provided a licence holder is already hunting in that particular forest.

Which State forests can I hunt in?

The following list is for information only and does not constitute permission to hunt.

Hunters who hold a NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence are eligible to apply for written permission to hunt on public land, in the following forests.

Please note, if a forest has been declared but does not appear in the following list, it is not open to general hunting. This list is subject to frequent change. Current availability is reflected in the online hunt booking system.

State forest

Category

Hunting options

Airly State forest

1

Normal

Albert State forest

1

Normal

Attunga State forest

1

Normal

Awaba State forest

4

Bow hunting

Bachelor State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Back Creek State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Back Yamma State forest

1

Normal

Badja State forest

1

Normal

Bago State forest

1

Normal

Ballengarra State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Baradine State forest

1

Normal

Barcoongere State forest

1

Normal

Barrington Tops State forest

1

Normal

Benbraggie State forest

1

Normal

Bibblewindi State forest

1

Normal

Billapaloola State forest

1

Normal

Bimbi State forest

1

Normal

Bingara State forest

1

Normal

Binya State forest

1

Normal

Blenheim State forest

1

Normal

Blow Clear West State forest

4

Bow hunting

Bolaro State forest

1

Normal

Bombala State forest

1

Normal

Bondi State forest

1

Normal

Bondo State forest

1

Normal

Boonoo State forest

1

Normal

Boorook State forest

1

Normal

Bowman State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Breeza State forest

1

Normal

Brother State forest

1

Normal

Bruces Creek State forest

1

Normal

Buckenbowra State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Buckingbong State forest

1

Normal

Bulahdelah State forest

1

Normal

Bulbodney State forest

1

Normal

Bungongo State forest

1

Normal

Burrawan State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Butterleaf State forest

1

Normal

Cairncross State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Campbells Island State forest

1

Normal

Canbelego State forest

1

Normal

Candole State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Canobolas State forest

1

Normal

Carabost State forest

1

Normal

Cargelligo State forest

1

Normal

Cathcart State forest

1

Normal

Chichester State forest

1

Normal

Clandulla State forest

4

Bow hunting

Clive State forest

1

Normal

Clyde State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Comleroy State forest

4

Bow hunting

Conapaira East State forest

1

Normal

Conapaira South State forest

1

Normal

Coolangubra State forest

1

Normal

Coomore Creek State forest

1

Normal

Cope State forest

1

Normal

Coricudgy State forest

1

Normal

Corrabare State forest

1

Normal

Corringle State forest

1

Normal

Cowal State forest

1

Normal

Craigie State forest

1

Normal

Cumbil State forest

1

Normal

Cumbine State forest

1

Normal

Curraburrama State forest

1

Normal

Currowan State forest

1

Normal

Dingo State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Dog Rocks State forest

1

Normal

Dungeree State forest

1

Normal

East Boyd State forest

1

Normal

Enfield State forest

1

Normal

Essington State forest

1

Normal

Euglo South State forest

1

Normal

Euligal State forest

1

Normal

Eurabba State forest

1

Normal

Ewingar State forest

1

Normal

Forest Land State forest

1

Normal

Fosterton State forest

1

Normal

Gilgunnia State forest

1

Normal

Gilgurry State forest

1

Normal

Gillenbah State forest

1

Normal

Gilwarny State forest

1

Normal

Girard State forest

1

Normal

Girilambone State forest

4

Bow hunting

Giro State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Glen Allen State forest

1

Normal

Glenbog State forest

1

Normal

Glenwood State forest

1

Normal

Grahway State forest

1

Normal

Green Hills State forest

1

Normal

Gunningbland State forest

1

Normal

Gurnang State forest

1

Normal

Hampton State forest

2

Normal

Hanging Rock State forest

1

Normal

Heaton State forest

1

Normal

Jacks Creek State forest

1

Normal

Jenolan State forest

2

Normal

Kandos State forest

1

Normal

Kerringle State forest

1

Normal

Kiwarrak State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Koondrook State forest

1

Normal

Lester State forest

1

Normal

Lidsdale State forest

1

Normal

Manna State forest

1

Normal

Mannus State forest

4

Bow hunting

Maragle North State forest

1

Normal

Maragle South State forest

2

Normal

McDonald State forest

1

Normal

Merrinele State forest

1

Normal

Merriwindi State forest

1

Normal

Miandetta State forest

1

Normal

Micalong State forest

1

Normal

Mogo State forest

1

Normal

Momo State forest

1

Normal

Mount David State forest

1

Normal

Mount Nobby State forest

1

Normal

Mount Tilga State forest

1

Normal

Mount Topper State forest

1

Normal

Mullions Range State forest

1

Normal

Mundaroo State forest

1

Normal

Murda State forest

1

Normal

Murraguldrie State forest

1

Normal

Myall River State forest

1

Normal

Nadgee State forest

1

Normal

Nalbaugh State forest

1

Normal

Nangerybone State forest

1

Normal

Nerang Cowal State forest

1

Normal

Nerong State forest

1

Normal

Neville State forest

4

Bow hunting

Newfoundland State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Newnes State forest

1

Normal

North Branch State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Nowendoc State forest

1

Normal

Nullica State forest

1

Normal

Nullo Mountain State forest

1

Normal

Nundle State forest

1

Normal

Oakwood State forest

1

Normal

Olney State forest

1

Normal

Orr State forest

1

Normal

Parkhurst State forest

1

Normal

Pennsylvania State forest

2

Normal

Perricoota State forest

1

Normal

Pilliga East State forest

1

Normal

Pilliga West State forest

1

Normal

Pine Brush State forest

1

Normal

Pokolbin State forest

1

Normal

Pullabooka State forest

1

Normal

Putty State forest

1

Normal

Queens Lake State forest

4

Bow hunting

Quegobla State forest

1

Normal

Red Hill State forest

1

Normal

Riamukka State forest

1

Normal

Roseberg State forest

1

Normal

Severn State forest

1

Normal

Shallow Crossing State forest

1

Normal

Stewarts Brook State forest

1

Normal

Strahorn State forest

1

Normal

Styx River State forest

1

Normal

Sugarloaf State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Sunny Corner - Abbotsbury Section State forest

4

Bow hunting

Sunny Corner State forest

1

Normal

Tallaganda State forest

1

Normal

Tamban State forest

1

Normal

Tantawangalo State forest

1

Normal

Taratta State forest

1

Normal

Terrible Billy State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Thorndale State forest

1

Normal

Timbillica State forest

1

Normal

Tomalla State forest

1

Normal

Torrington State forest

1

Normal

Tottenham State forest

1

Normal

Towamba State forest

1

Normal

Tuckland State forest

1

Normal

Tuggolo State forest

1

Normal

Tumut State forest

4

Bow hunting

Turon State forest

1

Normal

Vickery State forest

1

Normal

Vittoria State forest

1

Normal

Vulcan State forest

1

Normal

Wallingat State forest

3

Weekend hunting

Warraderry State forest

1

Normal

Watagan State forest

1

Normal

Weddin State forest

1

Normal

Wee Jasper State forest

1

Normal

Weelah State forest

1

Normal

Wharfdale State forest

1

Normal

Wittenbra State forest

1

Normal

Woomargama State forest

1

Normal

Wyrra State forest

1

Normal

Yadboro North State forest

1

Normal

Yadboro South State forest

1

Normal

Yambulla State forest

1

Normal

Yarratt State forest

3

Bow hunting

Yerriyong State forest

1

Normal