Hunting

Game and feral animals such as foxes and rabbits, wild deer, feral goats and pigs can have impacts on agricultural production, the environment and communities. Hunting is recognised as one of a number of tools used in the management of game and feral animals and also as a legitimate recreational pursuit.

The Game Licensing Unit manages hunter licensing, education and compliance, and administers important hunting programs like:

  • hunting on public land
  • native game bird management program
  • Shut the gate on illegal hunting campaign
  • Hunter Learning, Education and Accreditation Program (LEAP)
  • inland bowfishing trial
  • GunSmart (the NSW firearms safety initiative)
  • responsible pig dogger program
  • ethical bowhunter program.

Landholders - complete the illegal hunting survey

NSW Department of Primary Industries is working with the NSW Farmers Association and NSW Police Force to learn about illegal hunting experiences in NSW. Your responses will be used to guide a coordinated strategy to Shut the gate on illegal hunting in NSW.

Complete the illegal hunting survey

Find out more about the Shut the gate on illegal hunting program.


Get Permission with the new App

Download the Get Permission App today to easily store and manage private land hunting permissions.

Available for Apple and Android devices, Get Permission connects hunters with landholders and is another tool from the Shut the gate on illegal hunting program.

Read more about the App in our Safety section.


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