Expenditure by hunters supports many businesses
Helps protect endangered native species
Expenditure by hunters supports many businesses, especially in regional NSW, including outdoor and camping products, specialist hunting stores and tourism related businesses (fuel, food and accommodation).
By helping public land managers and private landholders control both introduced and native wildlife, hunting helps to protect threatened ecosystems and species and also performs an invaluable service for many primary producers. The main wildlife species targeted in NSW are rabbits, wild deer, foxes, feral goats and feral pigs.
Licensed game bird hunters help control damage to rice crops during the crop establishment stage when they are especially vulnerable to wild ducks. Game birds are native species able to be legally hunted by licensed hunters in NSW under a mitigation program, supervised by NSW DPI, for sustainable agricultural management purposes. A maximum harvest level is determined annually based on the best available scientific information on regional populations of each game duck species.
The NSW DPI Game Licensing Unit regulates hunting in NSW with NSW Police. A range of programs are administered to ensure hunting in NSW is conducted safely, ethically and sustainably. The programs include licensing, communications and stakeholder engagement, education and awareness, wildlife management and compliance and enforcement.