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 by logging in to the online licence holder services portal.

Restricted game hunting licence (R-Licence) holders must abide by conditions when they are granted permission to hunt in a NSW State forest. Read the Permission conditions for hunting in NSW State forests online or refer to the NSW Game Hunting Guide. You must understand and abide by each condition as penalties may apply to breaches.


Hunting on public land

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.

Jump to the State forest list

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 types of hunting or closed to general hunting (except under special control arrangements).

We work 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 by a stakeholder working group from government and non-government agencies. Since 2009, an annual review is conducted at the end of each year and was last reviewed in 2016. 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.

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 the current quarterly maps with your permission.

One clear day provision

The one clear day provision was introduced following a risk assessment review and is in place to assist FCNSW schedule work in and around forests where hunting occurs.

One full day must pass between the date a Written Permission is booked and the time when hunting can commence. For example, if you request Written Permission on Monday, the earliest you may start hunting is Wednesday. This allows FCNSW to check the booking system on Tuesday and change their plans if needed.

The one day clear provision only applies to the first Written Permission issued every day for each State forest that is available for hunting. This means that if you request Written Permission on Monday and see that there is already a licence holder in that forest on that day, you may hunt from Monday instead of Wednesday as the one clear day has already been observed.

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; always check the current availability by logging in to online licence holder services.

State forest

Category

Hunting options

Airly State forest

1

Normal

Albert State forest

1

Normal

Attunga State forest

4

Bow hunting

Avon River State forest

3

Weekend hunting

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

Belanglo State forest

4

Weekday bow hunting

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

Boorabee State forest

3

Weekend hunting

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

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

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

Jellore State forest

4

Weekday bow hunting

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

Lowes Mount State forest

1

Normal

Manna State forest

1

Normal

Mannus State forest

1

Normal

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

Meryla State forest

4

Weekday bow hunting

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

Mulyandry 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

Nungatta 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

Quegobla State forest

1

Normal

Red Hill State forest

1

Normal

Riamukka State forest

1

Normal

Roseberg State forest

1

Normal

Sandgate 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

Tallegar 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

Wingello State forest

4

Weekday bow hunting

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