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.

Solid fuel fires banned in NSW State Forests

Campfires and barbecues using wood, charcoal or other solid fuels will be banned in most State forests until further notice to reduce the risk of bushfires.

For more information see the Forestry Corporation media release (Friday 8 September 2017).

How to manage wild deer in NSW

In NSW, although special conditions apply to hunting wild deer, landholders or managers can easily apply to suspend the normal deer hunting restrictions and accessed licensed, volunteer hunters to assist them control wild deer. Ecological Deer Management (EDM) puts approved landholders in touch with responsible hunters and allows wild deer to be managed under a tailored, detailed, property plan.

NSW Game Hunting Guide

The NSW Game Hunting Guide is a comprehensive, one-stop-shop for all the rules and regulations that apply to hunting in NSW.

Released Monday, 10 April 2017, the guide will be distributed to every NSW Game Hunting Licence holder as well as a variety of retailers and information points.

Download the NSW Game Hunting Guide.

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